Real Flame Recalls Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Burn and Flash Fire Hazards

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Note: The following press release provides consumers with safety information that was originally announced on September 1, 2011 in release #11-315.

Real Flame Recalls Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Burn and Flash Fire Hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Real Flame Pourable Gel Fuel Bottles

Units: About 100,000 bottles

Distributor: Real Flame, of Racine, Wis.

Hazard: The pourable gel fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects nearby when it is poured into a firepot that is still burning. This hazard can occur if the consumer does not see the flame or is not aware that the firepot is still ignited. Gel fuel that splatters and ignites can pose fire and burn risks to consumers that can be fatal.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: This recall involves pourable gel fuels sold in 29.9-ounce and 29.98-ounce, one-quart clear plastic bottles and sold with or without citronella oil. The label on the container has a stylized flame and the words Real Flame and Pourable Gel Fireplace Fuel. The fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup in the center of ceramic firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited. The following products are affected by this recall:

Sold at:,,,, and from January 2009 through August 2011 for between $10 and $13.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel and return the gel fuel to the firm for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Real Flame toll-free at (866) 918-8766 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, visit the firms website at or write to the firm at Real Flame, 7800 Northwestern Ave., Racine, Wis. 53406


This firm is part of a larger set of pourable gel fuel recalls. For more information, please see:

News Release: Nine Manufacturers, Distributors Announce Consumer Recall of Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Burn and Flash Fire Hazards (Sept. 1, 2011)

News Release: Napa Home Garden Recalls NAPAfire and FIREGEL Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Fire and Burn Hazards (June 22, 2011)

OnSafety Blog: Stop Using Pourable Gel Fuels (June 22, 2011)

Alert: Press Statement on Gel Fuels and Other Illuminating Fuels (June 14, 2011)

Sep 28, 2011 | Category: CPSC Recalls (all) | Comments: none