If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional types of fires or are considering installing a fire where there wasn’t one before, maybe you don’t have a chimney or flue? If you thought that your only options were gas and electric fires or wood burners then think again! A bioethanol fireplace might tick all your boxes!
Bioethanol fireplaces use an environmentally-friendly, renewable energy source that burns clean and delivers warming heat. You can enjoy the ambiance and look of a real fire, without the hassles of burning real wood - no more smelling of smoke or mountains of ash and soot to clean up!
Here we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about bioethanol fires;
What is a bioethanol fire and how does it work?
A bioethanol fire is an alternate source of real-flame heat that runs on bioethanol fuel instead of gas, electricity or logs. Bioethanol fuel (or ethanol) is a natural renewable energy source created when the sugar and starch components of plant by-products are fermented. These include sugarcane and grain crops making it a much more eco-friendly alternative to traditional fuels.
A bioethanol fire is so easy to use. You simply pour the fuel into the burner and light it. The fuel will burn until the flame is extinguished by closing the lid which starves the flamer of oxygen, or when it runs out of fuel. The burner can be refilled once it has cooled which usually takes approximately 15 minutes.
Why choose a bioethanol fire?
Eco-friendly - One of the main benefits of using a bioethanol fire is its eco credentials – Not using traditional fossil fuels is a huge bonus! Because the fuel is derived from plants, the flames produce a ‘clean burn’ and do not release harmful substances into the air.
Connection free - As these fires run solely on bioethanol fuel, they are easy to install and no gas or electricity connections are needed. With no smoke, soot, or ash your clean-burning, bioethanol fire does not require a flue. This means that they are incredibly easy to install; just unbox and you’re ready to go!
Flexibility – The lack of need for utility connections, a flue or hearth make bioethanol fires extremely flexible in terms of where they can be placed. There is a huge variety of bioethanol fires, fire bowls and fire tables on the market suitable for indoor or outdoor use – some can even be used for both!
Are bioethanol fires expensive to run?
Bioethanol fires are not costly to run when compared with the cost of running fossil fuel fires. Fuel quality can affect costs and efficiency. Cheaper fuels can reduce running costs in the short term but as these fuels are often more flammable they burn out much faster therefore increasing running costs over time. Burn times will vary depending on the burner capacity of the particular model so check individual specification.
The lack of any installation costs can ensure a great saving too.
Are bioethanol fires ok to use indoors?
Eco friendly Bioethanol fires are much safer to use indoors than traditional fossil fuel fires as they don’t create any smoke, ash or noxious substances, so you’re not breathing in any of these pollutants in your home.
As with any flammable material, you do need to take care when handling bioethanol fuel and using the burner. Ensure that all instructions and guidelines are followed to make certain that you are filling and using your bioethanol fire correctly.
Do bioethanol fires produce heat?
Yes, bioethanol fires produce real-burning flames that give off plenty of heat. The thermal output of each fire varies so again, check the specification of the individual model to ensure that the output is sufficient for the size of room you wish to heat.
Can you recommend a fuel?
Natural, renewable & green. We recommend e-NRG Bioethanol Fuel. Formulated for use in ventless ethanol fireplaces, e-NRG is the cleanest, most efficient liquid bioethanol fuel on the market and produces the best flame each and every time. Bioethanol is the fuel of the future, today. And its evolution has been remarkable.
A Beautiful Dancing Flame - Burning bioethanol fuel creates a beautiful lively dancing orange flame that is simply mesmerizing. And because they don't need a flue or chimney you can now enjoy an open fire more easily than ever before - even in a high rise building.
Why not check out our fabulous range of Bioethanol Fires here!