About Fire Gel

The fire gel and bio alcohol fuel supplied by EcoIsle has been trusted for over 40 years and is most famous for lamp oil. However, Farmlight fire gel maintains this tradition of quality. The fuel is made from the purest ingredients to produce a quality, clean burning, smokeless and odourless ethanol based fuel. The gel fuel is produced in the EU and the alcohol fuel is produced in Brazil. They have been tested and certified to EU safety standards for domestic use.

Fire Gel - Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is fire gel?

Fire gel and bio alcohol are both a renewable fuel made from a mixture of denatured ethanol produced from maize and isopropyl.

2. Does it produce smoke?

The fuels do not produce smoke or soot and does not require a chimney or flue.

3. When the fire gel is burned, what is produced?

When fire gel is burnt, the output is similar to that of a candle. The gel produces water vapour and CO2. The CO2 output is 75% less than wood or coal.

4. Is fire gel environmentally friendly?

Yes. Fire gel is made from renewable plant materials (90%). To limit the mileage of the ingredients and the impact of the production process, we only source fire gel from within the EU (we use the nearest production facility to the Irish market) and ensure the production process only utilises local ingredients. The gel is sold in PET recyclable plastic containers and dispatched in a cardboard box made from recycled board.

When used, fire gel produces water vapour and a small amount of CO2 (75% less than alternative fuels).

5. Is it safe?

Yes. Our fire gel has been tested and certified to EU safety standards in Holland and Germany. Safety regulations in Holland and Germany currently exceed those in the Ireland for this type of product.

6. Why is your gel yellow?

The main reason the gel is coloured yellow is to comply with safety laws in some EU countries which mean the gel has to be coloured to avoid being confused with water and easier to identify if spilled. A natural colouring is used to create the rich yellow colour. The benefit of the colouring is that the flame produced is a rich orange colour and so looks much more realistic than other gels on the market. Clear gels often produce a blue flame, which looks more like a gas fire than a real flame fire.

7. Does your gel produce a realistic crackling noise?

Yes. A gentle cracking noise is produced when the gel is burnt to create a very realistic real flame fire.


About Gel Fires

Gel fireplaces were developed in the US around 20 years ago and are now available in Ireland.

Intended mainly as a design feature to add ambience and act as a focal point in a room, they are easy to install and do not require a chimney or a flue. They do produce some heat, enough to take the chill off a room, but are not intended to replace your central heating system. Heat output is comparable to that of an electric heater - gel fireplaces can produce the equivalent of 2.6Kw (2600 watts) heat output.

Most gel fireplaces operate using 2-3 tins of fire gel. Both reusable fire gel reservoirs and disposable fire gel tins can be used. These can be refilled using 1 litre bottles of gel, as a more economical way of running your gel fireplace.

Gel Fireplaces - Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need a chimney or flue?

No smoke or soot is produced, just water vapour and small amounts of CO2, therefore no chimney or flue is required.

2. Are there any building regulations connected to gel fireplaces?

There are no building regulations affecting the installation of gel fireplaces. You may install a gel fireplace in any room in your home.

3. How do I install my gel fireplace?

Wall-hanging units can be attached to the wall with between 2 and 4 screws (depending on the model). If you intend to attach it to an internal wall you will require wall plugs. Screws and wall plugs are included with each wall-hanging fireplace.

4. How do I clean a stainless steel gel fireplace?

We recommend using baby oil and a soft lint-free cloth to clean your stainless steel gel fireplace. You will be amazed at the results!

5. I live in a smoke control zone. Can I create a real flame fire in my home with a gel fireplace?

If you live in a smoke control zone you are not allowed to burn wood or coal. A gel fireplace is the ideal solution as no smoke or soot is produced.

6. I have a blocked chimney / redundant fireplace and want to convert it into a gel fireplace. What do I need?

You can create your own gel fireplace simply and quickly with our range of accessories. Please see our Make your own gel fireplace guide (Coming soon).

7. Do gel fireplaces produce heat?

Yes. A gel fireplace is primarily designed to be a room feature or focal point and is not intended to be a replacement for your central heating system. However, they are ideal as a backup source of heat or to take the chill off a room. A gel fireplace can produce the same amount of heat as a 2.6Kw (2600 watt) electric heater, but with the added charm of a real flame fire.