As environmentally-friendly designs become more popular, manufacturers are constantly looking for new ways to create fireplaces that can burn cleanly and efficiently in the home while still providing supplemental heat.
Gel fireplaces were introduced as ventless alternatives to wood or gas-burning fireplaces. While installation for the traditional wood or gas fireplaces can require heavy renovations to the home, gel fireplaces do not. They are also a perfect addition to a home that needs supplemental heat for only a short portion of the day. In addition, maintenance and upkeep are limited to routinely purchasing new cans so a flame can be produced.
How do they work?
The gel fuel is packaged into canisters and can differ based on company. MantelsDirect.com carries Real Flame Premium, Venturi Flame and Decoflame Bioethanol gel fuel. The cans are available in a variety of sizes and quantities, and typically a 7-ounce burns for up to 2½ hours. In addition, a small can of the gel fuel can emit 3000 BTUs of heat and multiple canisters can be used at the same time, so owners could easily burn three cans to produce about 9000 BTUs. After depositing the fuel into the gel fireplace container, customers need only to light it with a match and enjoy the pleasant heat and soothing flames.
Is it safe?
Gel fireplace units are necessary for homeowners to enjoy the ventless flames provided by the gel fuel. The gel fireplace unit is made of fire-resistant materials that allow the fire to be contained in one area so the gel will not leak and spread fire to other areas of the home. The result is a real fire that does not emit any smoke, ash or soot. Several gel fireplace units are available for purchase via MantelsDirect.com and are easy to install. All gel fireplaces, including the full mantel packages, do not require a vent hook-up or chimney like gas or wood-burning fireplaces do, nor do they require an electric outlet like an electric fireplace so these fireplaces can be placed virtually anywhere within the home.
Is the fuel really eco-friendly?
The gel fuel is completely non-toxic and bio-friendly and has been tested by numerous researchers around the world. All gel must be certified and cleared by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before it is placed on the market. Although the fireplace emits small amounts of carbon dioxide, customers will find the instructions that come along with both the gel fuel and the gel fireplace are simple and detailed, and it is recommended customers review all warnings associated with the product before use. Although the flame will initially begin as a blue color, after warming up, the color will change to the traditional golden hue within minutes, making the color change completely normal and reminiscent of a traditional wood fire.
Gel fireplaces are available in an array of styles including mantel packages and inserts for a pre-existing wood or gas-burning fireplace. For a home in need of a little bit of warmth in the mornings, a gel fireplace would be a perfect, safe and eco-friendly addition.