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Old 12-31-2012, 05:18 PM
 
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Originally, I had a base made on the side of the house to put a wood fireplace, but as I began to watch the winds during the winter, I thought that the place I had planned to put it would make the rest of the house too, too cold. So, I have changed my plans, and

I just bought a new fireplace. It is all made of double glass, and metal, and runs via gel. I am so happy with it. It is just perfect for us.... and we saved LOTS of money....
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:22 PM
 
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Does the gel actually produce heat, or is it more for looks?
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:07 PM
 
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Does the gel actually produce heat, or is it more for looks?
It produces heat much better, if you have three cans going at the same time........
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:33 PM
 
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and we saved LOTS of money....
Saved lots of money on what? I'm not familiar with the gel but have done some similar calculations on the alcohol which I would assume is similar. The cost to use as heat source is so ridiculously high they are only good for ornamental value.

Do you have a link to the gel product with cost?

Edit: never mind

Fireglo Gel Fuel - 13 Oz Cans (24 Pack) : Target

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  • Each can burns approximately 2.53 hrs.
  • FireGlo is produced with isopropyl alcohol, organic thickeners and H2O
  • There is no methanol or MEK based products in FireGlo
  • Includes 24 cans (13-oz. each)
  • Energy Output: 3000 BTU/Hour
If each can is burning 3 full hours that is 9000 BTU's, multiply by 24 and you get 216,000 BTU's for the $95. The cost per million BTU is somewhere around $450

That's A LOT. It depends on your local rates but the cost for wood or natural gas is going to be somewhere around $15 per million BTU, it's that much of a difference.

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