You have seen them poolside in movies and you have likely lounged by one at your favorite martini bar, but now you are wondering if gel tabletop fireplaces are practical to be used in your home. Absolutely! These functional pieces of art are perfect for your home, office, or business, and they are a lot more affordable than you probably think.


Need to Know

If you are not all that familiar with gel tabletop fireplaces there are a few questions you probably have running through your mind. “What do they burn?” is likely the first question. They burn cans of eco-friendly gel fuel. This fuel creates a real fire, but without smoke and toxins, so they can be used practically anywhere. You drop in the can, ignite, and you’re done. The flame provides heat and ambiance until the gel runs out or you extinguish it.

Selecting the Right One

Shopping for gel tabletop fireplaces can be a little intimidating, especially if you are just becoming familiar with them. Well, rest-assured that there is really no such thing as a “wrong” one, but you may want to keep a few tips in mind, if you want one that will best complement your space.

  • Location – Where do you plan on using your fireplace? You don’t have to select only one location. They are portable, so you can easily move them from one spot to another. You may even want to use it outside on your deck or patio and then bring it with you when you retire inside for the day.


  • Requirements – Tabletop gel fireplaces need a sturdy flat surface. You want to use something that won’t easily get knocked over. Also, they need adequate ventilation. Although this fire is clean and doesn’t pollute the air it does indeed use oxygen in the air to burn. So, although you could give your bubble bath a spa environment with a warm flame, you would want to keep the door open or crack a window.


  • Style – Most portable gel fireplaces boast a fairly simple design that can complement a wide variety of environments. This allows them to fit right in nearly any room in your home. You will find that most are black or stainless steel. Some have glass walls that surround the flame this helps block breezes outside, and it also amplifies the appearance of the fire, making it look even larger than it is. One thing you may want to keep in mind is that if you have a lot of furniture, décor, electronics, etc. with straight edges in the room, a round fireplace will provide a little balance. Rooms with a lot of round objects are perfect for straight-edged ones.