Just purchased a gel alcohol fireplace. It looks and works great and is vent free and small for easy installation. The fire and ceramic logs are realistic loking and throw enough heat to warm a chilly room. I've tried 3 brands of fuel (Sunsor,Real Flame & Alco-brite), however, and all have a bit of an odor when burning. Everything I've read indicates that it's ventless use is safe,uses about as much oxygen as 1 burner on a gas stove and only emits as much carbon dioxide and water vapor as a person breathing. Is there anyway to reduce the odor. Would partial venting work? Is there any way without producing smoke or carbon monoxide to at least make it smell a bit like a wood fire? Anyone know how this fuel is made?
Since no one else replied, I'll do so myself. I found that chafing fuel, such as "Easy Heat" used for buffet chafing dishes has virtually no odor, requires no venting, has a nice yellow adjustable flame & costs less then most of the gel alcohol fuels. It is available in restuarant supply stores. it is spill proof & very safe to store. It burns Di ethelyne Gycol -a close relative to anti freeze.
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