Ventless Gel Fireplaces

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Ventless gel fireplaces solve almost every problem of traditional and even modern gas-fueled fireplaces, such as installation costs and gas hookups. They also circumvent the issue of special ventilation, such as through a chimney. This is because ventless gel fireplaces actually work through the natural ventilation patterns of the room in which they're situated.

Because ventless fireplaces burn their fuel so efficiently, they create negligible amounts of waste. The key to this efficiency lies in the actual fuel itself. Ventless fireplaces are often called "gel fireplaces" because of the alcohol-based, gel fuel that they burn. This fuel yields a clean, six- to eight- inch flame that burns in a controlled fashion without any sparks, jumping embers, or other hazardous and unwelcome surprises.

Ventless Gel Fireplace Fuel

The most well known fuel of this type is called Sunjel. It has been developed from an ecologically conscious blend of isopropyl alcohol, salts, water, and thickeners. This fuel, approved by the product safety and testing group called the Underwriter's Laboratory, meets the group's standards for performance, safety, and environmental correctness. In other words, Sunjel fuel is notable for its lack of contaminating waste byproducts. In the field of combustible fuels, this can truly be considered revolutionary.

Another popular attribute of gel fireplaces is that, unlike burning real wood or even manufactured logs, the fuel is very convenient to use and gets the fire going instantly. You don't have to bother with transferring fuel from the canister; simply ignite the fuel while it's in the can. If you extinguish the fire before the fuel is used up, you can conserve the fuel by sealing up the canister to use next time.


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