0:17 Brands in the Comparison Test
0:37 Gel Fuel Odor
0:43 Difference in Flames Once Lit
1:05 Typical Price Per Ounce
1:25 Gel Fuel Consistency
1:36 Average Burn Time
1:44 Realistic Sound While Burning
Are you tired of the time that it takes to maintain a wood burning stove or fireplace? Are you tired of those high prices for your gas log sets? Are you looking for a better solution for a quick hassle free, maintenance free fire? Try out the Gel Fuels as an alternative.
We have done a comparison test on our two different brands of gel fuel to help inform and assist our customers in choosing the best gel fuel for your needs.
The two brands that we will be testing are Sunjel and Jensen’s Real Flame. We started with two 13 ounce cans, one of each brand with equal amounts of gel fuel and then we lit each can.
When we opened each can the odor was fairly strong but during burning the odor is slight to none at all with both brands.
Once the fuel was lit we did notice a difference in flames. Each brands flame started differently and then about 20 minutes into the burn the flames appeared very similar. The Real Flame Gel Fuel was darker with a more orange-red hue and held a consistent flame. The Sunjel Gel Fuel was darker as well, constantly flickering with a smaller, less consistent flame that the Real Flame brand.
The typical price per ounce on the Real Flame is 32 cents and on the Sunjel it is 32 cents. The Real Flame brand has a longer burn time per can while the Sunjel has the shorter burn time. However the cost per hour to burn is equal for both the Real Flame and the Sunjel Gel Fuel.
The Real Flame has the thickest consistency, keeps its form while burning and also comes in a burnable can. The Sunjel also comes in a burnable can, but is a thinner consistency than the Real Flame. The average burn time for both were between 2-3 hours with the Sunjel lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes and the Real Flame lasting 3 hours. Both gel fuels make a realistic crackling sound while burning. We have also found that both cans of gel fuel burn down equally.
We hope that you have found this information useful and that it has helped direct you in choosing the best gel fuel to fit your needs. Real Flame and Sunjel Gel Fuels are both great products offered by NorthlineExpress, home of the “Buy and Try” satisfaction guarantee and do not forget that we are your one stop shop for all of your home heating needs.