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Real Flame Gel Fuel - 13 oz cans; 24-Pack
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126 of 132 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2007
I have had a ventless fireplace for 10 years and have been using this product for the same amount of time. I usually place 2 cans behind the ceramic log. It really puts out heat (sufficient for an Arizona winter anyway) and crackles and pops. It is a great alternative to a woodburning fireplace. Don't get me wrong, they are in no way the same, but if you are looking for a beautiful fire for ambiance and a little warmth, this will do the trick.
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105 of 111 people found the following review helpful
Having owned a gel fuel fireplace since 1995, I have tried just about every brand of gel fuel there is available. The Real Flame Gel Fuel is the best. They seem to burn a good 15 minutes longer than the others (around 3-1/2 hours for me), as there is barely any burnt residue left inside the can after it cools down so I can check it.

One thing I learned not to do is buy too many cans ahead of time. I tend to use these only for special occasions other than the one time my electricity went out due to high winds (and I'm total electric so my furnace was out too). In this case, this gel fuel was a life-saver for me....but if you buy too many cases at once and don't use them up over the course of 1 or 2 winters, the burning time will be less the older they get.

I was worried these might put off carbon monoxide fumes, but they don't - I borrowed a carbon monoxide detector and the entire time the 3 cans were burning, the detector never moved off zero.

My only complaint about any of these gel fuels is the slight alcohol scent they give off. This isn't as noticeable if you stay inside the entire time it's burning, but if you go outside and then come back in, you can smell it ever so slightly.

The Real Flame brand had less alcohol odor than the others I tried. I wish they could put a vanilla scent into the alcohol that would overpower the alcohol scent. Then they would be perfect.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2012
These are great. I put them in my fire place and they crackle like real logs. They last about 2.5 - 3 hours too. They do have a strong alcohol smell when you first open them and if you light them right after opening them there is a strong smell... but if you let them sit out for about 20 minutes before lighting them, there isn't an odor.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2007
This is a great product. I've used it now for almost two years. It gives off a nice amount of heat, even though it states it's not meant to be used as a heat source. It also crackles like a real fire in a real fireplace. Very pleased with this product and do recommend purchasing it.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
I use these for my new $200 glass fireplace that I got on Amazon, which kicks butt... especially considering that a new fireplace in a home takes months to build, costs tens of thousands of dollars, and isn't movable. My new fireplace can go in storage during the warm months, and move from room to room as needed. So, on to the fuel - works great, but just a few more suggestions... 1) put the label on the lids please, as I often forget to peel off the labels and start smelling burning paper eventually. 2) slow it down a bit... there's got to be a way to mix something in there to slow down the burning so it lasts about 20% longer. 3) make the cans about 25% larger. 4) the combination of 3 and 4 will make fuel that lasts 1.5x as long as it does today. 5) add even more crackles... and make them from something that creates a different color when they burn... could be neat. 6) package these better for shipping - the first cans had dents all over them and a few cans leaked all over the place... the replacement shipment still had dented cans but none had leaked... just a 1/2" piece of styrofoam all around would protect these much better.

I think most people don't get the value of these at a cost of about $10 for 3 cans for a fire that only lasts about 2.5 hours... then again, remember that the fireplace only cost about $200, so compared to having a house with a fireplace, you'll be waaaaay ahead, even if you have a fire every other night during the months of December, January, February, and March - every year, for sixty years.
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54 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2007
I have used this gel fuel and it is really a great alternative to a real fire place fire. It burns for 2-3 hours and makes no smoke at all. There is a little bit of an odor, (not bad) but your nose adjusts to it quickly and you don't smell it after a little while.

It can warm a room 6 degrees in an hour, so it does help keep you warm. The crackling sound the gel emits makes it seem more realistic and it is a nice soothing sound. The only drawback is the fact that you have to use two to three cans at a time and that can be very expensive. I use two and it does a good job, but, three would be great.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2007
I purchased my gel fuel fireplace two years ago. Last year, I bought a case of Sunjel (red label). This time, I bought Real Flame. Both are great. I love the crackle sounds and the ease of use. Just rip off the label, pop the top off and light. No mess, no cleanup, no gas smell. The Real Flame smells a little more alcohol-ish before you light it, but once it's lit, there's no smell at all. Great stuff.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2010
The product works well in my fireplace, the flames look like a real fire, and the crackling makes it sound real as well. It is, however, not odorless as claimed, which is its only drawback.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2012
Have a fireplace that uses the Flame Gel. I like it very much, actually takes the chill off of the room which came in handy after Hurricane Sandy. --- no heat! Got to remember to take off the paper wrapping. The only think I don't like which all the brands of Flame Gel/fire gel/fuel gel, whatever the name, when the flame goes out you get a soot smell and after the winter season I notice my curtains and windows are grey.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2010
Tried several others, this brand had the least amount of alcohol smell (hardly any). Flames were much larger than anticipated, with a nice crackling sound. Will buy again. Free shipping, no sales tax, delivered right to the house. Love the Internet and Amazon.
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