Great modern look. Heats up quickly and produces 18,000 BTU with a burn time of four to six hours. Durable construction. Easy installation, and easy to use.
This does go through a fair amount of fuel if you use it a lot, so consider finding a source where you can buy fuel in bulk. Instructions are a little lacking. On the expensive side.
Comes in a variety of colors. Produces 2000 BTUs, enough to heat a 250 sq. ft. room. Good source of light and heat for tabletops. Easy to fill. Portability at a great price.
Only burns about 45 minutes before you have to let it cool to refill it. Buying a long, thin funnel for refilling is recommended. Some units arrive with scratches or broken parts.
Comes by itself, or you can purchase it with a grate. Puts out 6000 BTUs and can burn for five hours between refills. Easy wipe-down cleaning. Sturdy stainless steel unit that inserts into tabletops or fireplaces.
Some buyers report issues with this option rusting within six months. Aesthetically, some find it hard to get a good-looking flame.
A sturdy unit with an attractive white finish look. Assembles in about an hour. Fireplace holds one to three canisters at a time, which burn for up to three hours. Sounds like a real fire. Easy to use.
Only the front of this fireplace is white; the back is bare, which shouldn't be an issue if you have it in a corner. Can be flimsy if you have to move it around at all. On the small and expensive side.
Comes in a choice of copper, stainless steel, or white finish. Has tempered glass and feet to protect tabletops. Decent price. Easy to set up and use.
Some buyers had issues with the quality of this fireplace, while others warn that it can be dangerous if used inside. Burn time is minimal, at one to two hours between refills.
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Gel fireplaces give you some interesting options for adding an accent to any room. These small stand-alone fireplaces don’t require any venting. This means you can use them anywhere or even move them to new locations. Gel fireplaces will burn gel fuel in cans, so you will have an ongoing expense for fuel. But they don’t require electricity to run. They’re made to burn clean, while giving you a beautiful looking flame behind glass. Gel fireplaces sometimes are rectangular in shape with a frame like a mini traditional fireplace. Others have a flame that pops out of a base unit that can be rectangular or round. The open flame is encased inside glass with no frame around it, so it can be seen from all sides.
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