Gel Burners and Gel Fuel Cans – Buying Guide

There is a difference between Gel Burners and Gel Fuel Cans, here we shed some light on the subject. The image above shows a typical gel fire that is cheap to buy and easy to use. This one is in the style of a ceramic bowl that a gel fuel can is placed inside. This would be used as a small table top gel fire design, there is a nice, but small, flame produced but the heat generated is negligible.

With the example above you would buy the bowl them buy gel fuel cans to use in the bowl. There are also other gel fires on the market that include an integrated gel burner. In these you would buy and use gel fuel bottles, not the gel fuel cans. The gel fuel cans were originally designed for use in catering equipment to keep food hot when catering companies do buffets etc. This was then developed in small decorative gel fires as companies developed different products to use the gel fuel cans.

Gel Burners and Gel Fuel Cans Explained

Gel fuel is a sustainable heat source made from the processing of farm products into alcohol. This then has additives to reduce the alcohol content to around 96%. These additives also stop the possibilities of someone drinking the alcohol. The product burns very cleanly however if debris develops in the can when it is burning it can start to generate smoke. In most instances a bioethanol fire burns cleaner.

One area where gel fuel fires are safer than a bioethanol fire is the gel cannot be spilled as easily, due to it being very thick. Unlike bioethanol fuel which is very runny, like water, gel fuel tends to pour very slowly avoiding most spillage problems. Gel fuel is different in other aspects to bioethanol fuel and we have covered this in another post called the differences between bioethanol fuel and gel fuel.

Online, gel fuel is supplied in either 1 litre bottles or in gel fuel cans. There are different sizes of can therefore, if you need cans, check the dimensions of your gel burner before buying. The litre bottles can be used to add fuel to a gel burner and to refill the cans but this should be done with caution as the can will begin to deteriorate with each use, once it shows rust or damage do not use it anymore.

Gel Cans and Gel Burners?

Gel Fuel Can Burning
Gel Fuel Can for Gel Fire Burners or Catering Equipment

A gel burner is supplied by a manufacturer with a reservoir for the gel fuel to be added and then this is burnt generating a small flame and some heat.

Gel fuel cans will be required if you have purchased a gel fire which does not have its own reservoir to burn the fuel. One application like this is a unit which is used to keep food warm in a restaurant etc however there are also some gel fireplaces which need cans.

If in doubt about what type of fuel to buy for your gel fire make sure you read the manufacturers instructions that are shipped with the gel fire or gel burner that you have purchased. If you are ready to buy a gel fuel see the current offers below. When looking at these offers decide how much gel fuel you will require based on your usage plans then buy the most cost effective package.

Current Offers to Buy Gel Fuel

Use the links below to choose the gel burner of gel fuel cans that interests you the most. You will be taken to a separate page that will show the various options, delivery costs and delivery timescales. Buying online gives you a high level of consumer protection so you can buy with some confidence.

Gel Fuel of BioEthanol Fuel?

In my opinion, buying and using a bioethanol fireplace is more practical for use within a home. Gel burners are ok for heating food or using outside.

Styles of Bio-Ethanol Fireplace

We have collected together all of the different types of bioethanol fireplace and listed these below. They styles are based on how the bioethanol fireplace will be used, how it is installed or on a specific design style. Also check out some of the most popular bioethanol fireplaces from our order history.

Bio-Ethanol Fireplace Technical Pages

Read our technical guides listed below for more help choosing an bioethanol fireplace for your home. The best advice is to read the manufacturers installation  and operation instructions before you start handling the fuel or using the fire.