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DIY gel fuel fireplace

jxmiller 1,067 255 November 27, 2011 at 03:53 PM More Amazon Deals
I saw a gel fireplace kit at Kohl's and it got me wondering about the how cost effective using such a heat source was. Well it is not if you buy gel cans from a manufacture ($3 /can about 2.5hrs burn time)... so far as I can tell.

However I did some research and found that you can make your own.

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So... this got me wondering about it again.

$10.75 A 5lb amount of calcium carbonate... makes mucho gel... perhaps lifetime supply.
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$33.88 1Gal 99% Isopropyl Alcohol. (largest I could find on Amazon...)
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$4.60 White Vinegar, 1Gal
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If the recipe is

.5 a cup of white vinegar
.125 cup of chalk
= .625 cup
This reduces down to about... 60% of volume from water evaporation

.625 cup * .6 = .375

It states we need at least 90% alcohol so we need to add 9 * .375 = 3.375 cups of alcohol.

The final recipe would then be...
.5 a cup of white vinegar (15 cents)
.125 cup of chalk (cost negligible)
3.375 cups of alcohol (cost $1.59) (Edit, I think I made some huge mistake here. At $33.88/gal this would come to $7.14 for 3.375 cups! This means DIY is less cost effective than manufactured... )

Cost wise the chalk is negligible
Obviously the alcohol is the most expensive component here.

From the video in the first link it is stated 2 to 3 hour burn time for this recipe and a total cost of about $1.74/can. I am mostly curious about the BTU's and cost effectiveness of such a solution.

For reference the cans you buy in the stores are roughly $3 / can.

I really do not know what I am talking about here. I did some basic calculations to help spur conversation. I may have made mistakes. The component prices may vary a great deal I did not spend any time finding a SD for anything.

I basically would like to know if this is feasible in cost effectiveness vs gas furnace or how it could be given circumstance.

Thanks for your time.

Edit, I edited above, I miscalculated on the alcohol cost. Further reading shows varying amounts required for alcohol content even as low as 4:1.

So in the end... still looking.
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