How to Make Gel Fuel

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Most people enjoy sitting by a fireplace. It evokes a feeling of coziness and warmth, especially on a chilly, wet, winter day. Not everyone can put a vented fireplace in their home, so some are using new gel-fueled, ventless fireplaces. The gel fuel can be expensive; however you can make your own at a fraction of the price.

How to Make Gel Fuel
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Things You'll Need

  • 3 ounces of plain melted soy wax
  • 1/4 cup of 70 percent rubbing alcohol
  • Three empty soup cans
  • Three candlewicks
Step 1

Melt 3 ounces of plain soy wax in a nonstick pan. Add 1/4 cup of 70 percent rubbing alcohol, and stir with a wooden spoon until thoroughly mixed.

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Step 2

Pour the wax and alcohol mixture into three empty soup cans, filling them three-quarters of the way from the top. Insert a wick into the center of each one.

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Step 3

Let the gel sit in the refrigerator to cool for several hours until set. Trim the wicks to about 1/4-inch in length.

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