Your Guide to Smokeless Outdoor Fires: All About Gel Fuel

Gel fuel is a smokeless, ethanol-based fuel that’s become popular for outdoor heating solutions. It’s just like the name suggests—a gel substance you can light on fire. Whether you’re looking to extend your time outdoors or create a cozy indoor ambiance, fire gel offers a clean-burning, efficient solution. Let’s dive into everything you need to know about this versatile fuel. 

What is Gel Fuel? 

Gel fuel, or fire gel, is an ethanol (alcohol) based fuel that burns cleanly without producing smoke. This makes it an excellent choice for various heating applications, especially when used in smaller vessels.  

It typically burns for around 3 hours at 3000 BTUs, providing ample warmth and light for evening gatherings. Because it’s smoke-free, you don’t have to worry about your hair and clothes smelling like campfire for days.  

Common Uses of Fire Gel Fuel 

Gel fuel is incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of settings, including: 

  • Fire Tables: Perfect for outdoor entertaining, fire tables provide warmth and a focal point for gatherings. 
  • Table-top Fire Bowls: Compact and stylish, these bowls are ideal for smaller spaces like patios or balconies. 
  • Gel Burners: Like fire bowls, but they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, sometimes with more than one outlet. Great for adding a little drama to your patio. 

The Make-up of Gel Fuel 

Fire gel is primarily composed of ethanol alcohol, which is derived from natural sources like corn or sugarcane. Sometimes, it’s referred to as bio-fuel since it comes from biological sources. These renewable resources are processed to create a thick gel that can be safely stored and handled. Some gel fuels also include additional ingredients to enhance the flame’s colour and stability. 

How Gel Fuel Works 

Gel fuel is easy to use. Simply open the container (usually, they look like a paint tin), place it in the designated holder or compartment of your fire feature, and light it with a long lighter or match. The gel will produce a steady, smokeless flame that can last up to 3 hours or more, depending on the size of the canister. Once finished, any remaining gel can be extinguished with a fire snuffer or by placing a lid over the container to cut off the oxygen supply. 

Smokeless Safety 

One of the standout features of fire gel is its safety. When used correctly, it poses minimal risk, making it a popular choice for families. Here are some other key safety points: 

  • Clean Burning: Produces no smoke, reducing the risk of respiratory irritation and keeping the air clean. 
  • Stable Flame: The gel burns steadily, minimizing the risk of flare-ups or uneven burning (similar to a candle). 
  • Non-toxic: Ethanol-based gels are generally non-toxic, making them safer for both humans and pets. 

Enjoy Smokeless Flames with Ultimate Home Comfort 

Gel fuel offers a convenient, clean-burning solution for outdoor heating. If you’re looking to enhance your patio or create a cozy corner outdoors, Ultimate Home Comfort has everything you need. Contact us today to explore our range of fire tables, fire bowls and fire pit products to enhance your summer nights.