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jjfiddler74

08:45AM | 02/06/07
Member Since: 02/05/07
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Hi -

I know there has been numerous posts on this topic; but please allow me to ask for msyelf...

Is anyone aware of any safety concerns with gel-fueled fireplaces? This would be safety concerns with respect to both humans and pets (dog and cat)?

Also, I have read some reports that talk about these fireplaces adding excess moisture into the air from the water and oxygen produced via the burning alcohol. Can anyone comment on this? Is this s real concern? If it is a concern, would a simple de-humidifier do the trick?

Thanks

tomh

06:52PM | 02/08/07
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
Burning alcohol fuel is the simple oxidation of an alcohol like CH3OH. You combine that with oxygen and get heat plus one molecule of CO or CO2, and 4 molecules of water. On a mass basis, for every pound of alcohol you burn, you get 64 pounds of water. Wow! Guess you better have ventilation if you burn a lot. OTOH, you probably won't burn too much and water disperses in air very easily. If you start seeing excessive condensation, you can simple assume you have over-done it and either ventilate, or stop burning the gel fuel for a while. Pretty simple.
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