Sunday, January 16, 2011

Fuel Types for Non-Electric Fireplaces

Fuelled fireplaces and patio heaters are also advantageous in many situations where electric fireplaces have limited capabilities. They are most useful in outdoor areas where the place easily gets wet especially in winter. These fireplaces are also the best option to places where electricity is limited and you don't want the mess and hassle of using a traditional wood fuelled fireplace. They are also great decoration accent for indoors when you want a real fire but not the hassle of hauling wood and cleaning the burning residues. The only concern of these fuelled fireplaces is its fuel. It is important to know the effects and the behavior of the fuels to effectively get the best heating we need without any hazard.

Natural Gas
Natural gas are of course natural gas mined deep in the earth and processed similarly how we get oil fuels. This gas is made mostly of methane, but may be mixed with some other substances which includes propane, butane, carbon monoxide and hydrogen. Although it is not 100% safe but safer fuel than either gasoline or diesel fuel. Natural gas is non-toxic in general and safe when used properly.

Propane Gas
This type of gas fuel is refined from crude petroleum, usually known as Liquefied Petroleum (LP). This gas is purified from natural gas, so it tends to burn more cleanly without any residues. A heater or fireplace fuelled with propane provides heat effectively to keep a room warm. This fuel is guaranteed safe provided that it is used properly.

Gelled Fuels
Gel Fuels especially for fireplaces and outdoor fireplaces are usually made of gelled alcohol. This type of fuel burns clean without unpleasant odors and toxic emissions. This environmentally friendly fuel is non-toxic and safe to use indoors and outdoors. It does not produce smoke or soot and leaves no burning residues. What makes this type of fuel special is that is can be mixed with other substance to mimic the sound of real wood burning fireplace. Fireplaces and patio heaters with this kind of fuel usually portable.

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