It is a basic fact that to make a room cozy, the ambient temperature needs to be just right, even during the night times, when the temperature usually drops. To achieve this, a system to heat up rooms is required. To this end, you can opt to use bioethanol fireplaces, especially in living rooms.

Bio-Ethanol Fireplace – What Is It?

A bioethanol fireplace is an alternative system that is used to heat rooms. However, a bioethanol fireplace is designed to burn ethanol, which is a green fuel.

In this regard, the bioethanol fireplaces are designed and made to be flueless sources of heat, releasing no smoke or soot. The only by-product that comes from using a bioethanol fireplace usually is water, heat and carbon dioxide (although the CO2 level released are not that high).

Beyond providing a flueless burn, bioethanol fireplaces are known for their aesthetic values. A biofuel fireplace can be purchased off the market and integrated into any living to work as a home décor piece. Alternatively, it can be custom-designed and made to ooze uniqueness and complete other existing interior designs.

Wall Mounted Bio Ethanol Fireplace And Other Designs

Just like it is with traditional electric and wood fireplaces, a bio ethanol fireplace can be fitted in a wall. This is possible since the basic structure of the fireplace is a vessel that is used to contain the ethanol fuel. However, for wooden walls, some insulation, usually in the form of metal plates is required to keep the walls safe from fire.

Alternatively, you can opt for free standing bioethanol fireplace, which can be placed in any area of the sitting room. Since the burning ethanol does not release smoke, using a bioethanol fireplace does not require a fully dedicated ventilation, making free standing bioethanol fireplace a possibility.

As mentioned earlier ethanol fireplace can be bought in the market or custom designed and fixed into place with tremendous ease. In fact, installing most of the bio ethanol fireplaces do not require technical expertise and can be done as a DIY project.

Are There Safety Concerns Using Of A Bio Ethanol Fireplace

Safety concerns are one of the pertinent issues that come with installing a fireplace in any room of the house, and for good reason. It is the aim of every homeowner to ensure that their families and property remains safe. In this regard, acquainting yourself with the safety concerns is a good idea.

For the most part, running a bio ethanol fireplace in your home is very safe. There are very few health risks that come with burning ethanol since it is a flueless fuel. However, you should keep in mind that burning any fuel consumes oxygen and as such, the room where the fireplace is installed should be well ventilated.

While installing the fireplace, you should make sure you follow the installation manual; that is in the case of a DIY installation. Additionally, you should ensure that you do not spill any ethanol while refilling the fireplace and if you do, clean it up before igniting the fuel.

The Working Mechanics Of A Bio ethanol Fireplace

A bio ethanol fireplace works by burning ethanol. Essentially, the fireplace is a vessel that is used to hold the alcohol (the ethanol fuel). Igniting the fireplace starts the process of burning the ethanol held in the fireplace.

Upon igniting ethanol burns, releasing water, heat and some carbon dioxide.

How Is Bio Ethanol Made

Ethanol is usually made by fermenting plants with starch content such as sugar cane and corn. After fermentation, the liquid is distilled and dehydrated to remove the excess amount of water, thus enabling the ethanol to burn.

The Pros And Cons Of A Bio Ethanol Fireplace

Pros
#1. You do not need a dedicated ventilation system.
#2. The fire does not release smoke and soot, which are health hazards.
#3. Low maintenance requirements since there is no ash to remove.
#4. There are no dangerous fumes.
#5. It is easy to use.

Cons
#1. It is still fire and can be dangerous if improperly used.
#2. It consumes oxygen and can lead to suffocation in poorly ventilated rooms.

Written by Elodie Thuraim