The Production, Features, and Safety Benefits of an Ethanol Fireplace

ethanol-fireplaceWe all have chimneys at our homes. They need frequent cleaning. A homeowner needs to estimate the duration between two cleaning sessions because the longevity of your flue heavily depends on it.

The flue's longevity also rests on the building materials. A masonry chimney a metal chimney can never render the same performance. Their creosote efficiency levels are different too.

Chimney and flue liner

A house can have a stainless steel, a masonry or a clay tile chimney. As for a flue liner, it can be a clay tile liner, a cast-in-place liner or a metal liner. But all these are conventional materials. The trend that has crept into the industry very recently is using unconventional and eco-friendly materials.

Such materials ensure an environment-friendly fire and along with that, less smoke and an increased lifetime of the flue liner.

Bioethanol fireplaces

These fireplaces are the latest trend. Preserving the environment is now on every industry’s focal point. A bioethanol fireplace is perfectly in sync with the tenets of eco-friendliness. So, the chimney and flue liner manufacturing industries are looking forward to its use.

Are they simple?

You might feel surprised to know the production of a bio-ethanol fireplace is fairly easy, in fact easier than manufacturing a woodburning stove. The technical considerations are less in number. There's no need to securing the venting and adjustments in regard to advanced combustion. Because a bio-ethanol fireplace is simple, it requires fewer components during the manufacturing process.

How are they different?

The biggest benefit of bioethanol is it's a renewable source of energy. A fireplace, where ethanol is used as the fuel doesn't need a flue. When heating the room, the fireplace produces a very small amount of carbon monoxide. The standard heatoutput, produced by a bioethanol fireplace is 2-3 kW/hour. This heat is sufficient for an area of 20-40 sq. metre. Ash, soot and creosote are very common in a wood burning stove, but a bioethanol fireplace doesn't emit any of those.

The benefits

A bioethanol fireplace yields the following benefits:

Keep the temperature pleasant

An ethanol fireplace decorates your home. Having one at your house increases the house's appeal. But these are secondary purposes. The primary purpose of an ethanol fireplace is to make the temperature inside the home enjoyable. During the colder days, the fireplace increases the room temperature without consuming too much of energy. The increase is mild, around 2-5 kW.

Doesn't need a flue

An ethanol fireplace doesn't require a flue. This is a big relief for every homeowner. Having no flue means you don't need to worry about installation charges and installation procedure. Creosote starts to stack up in a flue, getting rid of one means getting rid of creosote too. It also means you won't have to make any custom adjustment in your home. Above all else, you can move the ethanol fireplace from one place to another inside the room.

Easy handling

Operating an ethanol fireplace is very easy. You just need to fill the burner with bioethanol and light the fuel up using a lighter. Because no soot or ash results in it, an ethanol fireplace won't make your hands dirty. Besides, the fireplaces are often oval shaped and come with a lid. You don't have to struggle to extinguish the fire. Simply push the lid to put it out.

Environment friendliness

There are multiple aspects that bring out the eco-friendliness of an ethanol fireplace. We've mentioned it already that such a fireplace doesn't lead to the deposition of soot and ash, having no flue prevents creosote from building up inside. An ethanol fireplace doesn't emit toxic particles, and the fuel that runs it is produced from organic sources such as corn, potato, and cellulose.

Increased safety

When handling a fireplace, safety is crucial. An ethanol fireplace offers safety, but doesn't assure it, meaning not all ethanol fireplaces are safe. Since you are the consumer, you need to look for the following factors to decide whether the fireplace that you are thinking of investing in is safe or not:

  • Burner quality
  • UL-tested or certified
  • Weight and eco-friendly build materials

An ethanol fireplace with all the said factors is a safe one. You can go ahead and invest in it.

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