If you are wondering what are the differences between the gel and bio ethanol fireplaces, this article should help you out.

First, I am going to walk through the pros and cons of both types of fireplaces, and I’ll summarize the differences between them. Let’s get started!

Bio ethanol fireplaces

Pros

  • ventless – no need for installation, connections or chimney
  • smokeless and odorless
  • real, natural color flames
  • flame size regulation
  • easy to use and control
  • no ash or smoke is produced
  • clean burning
  • no need to take out the ash, as no residues are produced
  • available automatic models equipped with safety sensors allowing to fully control the fireplace

Cons

  • can’t be used as primary source of heat
  • huge variety of products including cheap, poor quality and unsafe models
  • consume oxygen

Gel fireplaces

Pros

  • ventless – no need for installation, connections or chimney
  • real, natural color flames
  • smokeless and odorless
  • no ash or smoke is produced
  • easy to use
  • often cheaper than ethanol fireplaces
  • clean burning
  • no need to take out the ash, as no residues are produced

Cons

  • can’t be used as primary source of heat
  • flame size can’t be regulated
  • couple of gathered flames instead of a continuous line of fire
  • there is no safety sensors
  • consume oxygen
  • low-tech
  • removal of cans after use

What is the difference?

Bio ethanol and gel fireplaces might have some things in common; however, they operate differently.

Both fireplaces use different kind of fuel. Gel fireplaces run on a mixture of water, isopropyl alcohol, thickening agent and salt, which gives a crackling sound imitating a traditional fireplace. Gel fuel comes in tin cans, which go directly to the designated space in the fireplace. To start it you need to light up the cans with a lighter. Because  there is no advanced technology  involved and cans are the only burning mechanism in this type of fireplace, you can’t adjust the flame size, and it might be difficult to quickly extinguish the fire when needed. Another aspect of this solution is the possibility of dents in the cans, which create an unnecessary risk. The flame in gel fireplaces is lower than in ethanol ones, and it doesn’t form a continuous line of fire. You can see thick, gathered flames in the places where the cans are.

gel fuel can

Ethanol fireplaces run on bio fuel produced from alcohol, which is of plant origin. It is fully biodegradable and burns clean, which means that the only by-products are heat, water vapor and CO2 in the amounts similar to human breath. To start the fireplace you need to pour the fuel into the designated container and press the button if you have an automatic model or use a lighter in case of manual fireplaces. The golden flames form a continuous line that can be adjusted in the majority of ethanol fireplaces. The most advanced models can be even operated through control panel, remote control, Smart Home System, or a smart device over WiFi.

Ethanol fuel

 

As you can see, both ethanol and gel fireplaces have some advantages and disadvantages. Hopefully by knowing them, you will be able to decide which one is a better fit for your needs. If you need any more information about ethanol fireplaces, click here.

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