Using these FireGlo Fuel cans with a gel fuel Fireplace is extremely convenient. because the upfront costs are so low. However, if you live in colder climates like up here in the Northeast, the fuel can solution gets pricey. During the winter, I like to spark up the fire in order to warm up the house quickly. The forced air we have takes a little while to bring up the temperature but running the gel fireplace quickens the process. The cans generally don't produce a smell UNTIL they get to the end of the can. Then they generally produce a propane-like smell. The cans last about 2 hours to 2 3/4 hours. So burning the fireplace all day is usually not an option because it would be to costly. I normally only use the gel fuel when there is a chill in the air I want to knock out quickly or on special occasions. I have also noticed a darkening of our olive-colored paint and ceiling above our wall-mounted gel fireplace. The cans do provide a good amount of heat and they allow me to warm up the (part of the) house quicker than just using our forced-air heat. I also enjoy the crackling sound produced by the bubbles in the can. It actually sounds better than a real fire. Overall, the cans produce a good amount of heat and ambiance but they are very expensive to use often or for long periods of time.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? NA
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. The cans are generally in good shape although at times there is rust inside when you open them.
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? The description is mostly accurate butI have noticed a darkening of our olive-colored paint and ceiling above our wall-mounted gel fireplace.
I don't understand how so many people gave this glowing reviews. I just set up everything for my wife (xmas present) in the bedroom and the smell that radiated was chemically'. The gel itself smelled like strong alcohol which was fine, but when activated for 5 minutes, the room became covered in this awful chemical smell. It was unbearable and terrifying in a sense. I tried googling if this was normal or harmful but can't find an answer. We ended up capping the can and I am now searching for an electric fireplace. The one we picked is convertible so hopefully we can just find the proper insert because I dont plan on spending our nights fearing for the worst for a little atmosphere. That said, I have 23 unused cans if anyone would like them.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? fine
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. poor
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? other than stench
The canisters emit an initial odor that is unpleasnt and repeat this again much more strongly as they are burning down to the end. The cans do not last as long as I had thought they would. You get about 2 to 2 and half hours max out of them. The plus is they really do produce a large and interesting flame pattern like a real fireplace would and it snaps and crackles while burning like real wood.
This product gives off heat and has a nice appearance, which is good. But, the downside to this is when you out the fuel fire. A nasty burning alcohol smell comes from the smoke. This causes a lot of work for me because my smoke alarm goes off and I have to end up opening the window for a while. Then I have to remind myself to close it. For an outdoor makeshift fireplace, this works. For indoors, not so much.
I was pleased with the amount of heat the cans gave off. We dropped down from 3 cans to 1 can. Crackle and flame are nice. Now for the down side...emits a heavy chemical smell when it burns down to the end. Who knows what we're breathing in. The soot discolored the white fireplace, walls and nearly everything in the room. We need to paint in the spring. Looking for an alternative.
this stuff positively stinks and I will never ever buy it again. hope i can get some that doesn't stink like this. cant imagine this is healthy.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? STINKS!
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. nice crackle sound,but stink is awful
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? no
I used a different brand in the past, which I loved. I figured, how different can this new brand be. How about very different! Although the crackling of the flame was nice, my house was covered in soot. My air purifier filters turned black. Disgusting. I didn't smell the fuel while it burned, but it had an awful smell when it burned out. My recommendation is try a different brand. I can't imagine the other reviewers didn't experience the filth and smell.
I was pleased to receive the Fire Glow. I was a little dissappointed after I opened the box I notice the cans had expired in Sept 2007 I received the cans in November. The cans did not last for three hours. The performance of the cans are great though. Oh and just be careful putting out the fire!
This happens to be my favorite gel fuel brand. I have purchased many other brands in the past. Just not having to peel the label off of every can is enough to get my vote!! Many people complain of the gel fuel cans giving off a horrible odor. The trick is to keep the lid and after a couple hours of burning, replace the lid back onto the can when there is about 1/4to1/2 inch of gel still in the can. The odors comes when the can is permitted to burn til the end!! Also you can't beat Overstocks great prices and quick delivery times!!
It works as expected and I get about 45 mins out of one can which is perfectly acceptable. The big downside is the horrible smell once the fuel runs out. It definitely kills the romance when the girl looks up and asks if its supposed to smell like that.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? good
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. good
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? good
In order to use the logs that I purchased form my fireplace, I have to have gel fuel. I purchased the log set last year to be used over the winter and purchased the gel fuel with them. When I wanted to purchase more fuel I found that there was only one place to buy them and they were overpriced. I was very glad to find them available at a considerably lower price from Overstock.com. I really enjoy the log set and the ease of using the gel fuel. Since a member of my family has asthma, it is not possible to burn wood logs in the fireplace. I've found the alternative to be very enjoyable.
I've used these off and on over the winter and they provide an easy fire on a chilly night for ambiance in place of a fireplace. Clean-up is as easy as throwing the used up container out. No soot, no embers, no mess. The only concern is a faint smell sometimes when the product gets near the bottom of the can and when the flame is extinguished. Also the cost is a bit too expensive to use on a nightly or frequent basis. So I've had to limit the number of ambiance fires I've lit and when only using for personal enjoyment and not for a party I will only burn one can instead of the three that fits in the 'fireplace'. I also often will choose to burn three pillar candles in my 'fireplace' instead and get a nice effect without the added cost of these fuel canisters.
I bought a case from Overstock which was a good value. The cans are very difficult to open. I ordered a paint can open which I hope will help. I also bought a can snuffer to make it easier to put out. So far each can has lasted me 3 hours. I haven't noticed any smell, but it does get a little smokey at the bottom of the can. The directions say to use tongs and the lid to put out the flame, but I found that awkward inside my fireplace. I hope the snuffer helps.