Bio Ethanol Fireplaces: the Pro’s and Con’s

No matter the season or occasion, there’s nothing better than cozying up next to a roaring fire on cold and chilly nights. There’s a certain ambiance that only the flickering and warm light of a real fire can give you, a heady atmosphere imbued with equal parts romance and mystery. It’s the reason why fireplaces have been the centerpiece of homes for many generations past, the gathering place where family and friends alike pass the time with reminisces and neighborly banter.

In the last decade, this practice has become less and less common with each new year, seeming at times to be destined to eventual extinction. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel: after decades of neglect, the popularity of the fireplace is coming back in a modest way. This can largely be attributed to the newly found popularity of a new piece of technology, the bio ethanol fireplace. This device has reinvigorated the fireplace by allowing fires to run on a more compact and easily manageable fuel source, which means that fireplaces are easier to maintain and more versatile in design than ever before. These improvements have had a great effect on consumers, who have shown a substantially increase in the level of interest in fireplaces within the last few years.

So do bio ethanol fireplace’s live up to all they are promised to be? Here’s our comprehensive list of pro’s and con’s on this highly fraught issue.

PRO: Versatility of Design

The traditional fireplace is more or less limited to a handful of selections in terms of the forms it can take and the materials it can be made out of. After all, there’s a reason why wood fireplaces rarely diverge from the traditional brick, square, and against the wall model. The brick facade is resistant to constant burning, the large square form allows for easy manipulation of kindling, and the fireplace must be connected to a chimney for release of smoke, which confines it to walls.

Bio ethanol fireplaces do not suffer these limitations, and are therefore more adaptable to any home design or layout. They can just as easily take the form of a brushed steel poolside fire pit as an copper stove in the living room. In terms of adaptability, bio ethanol fireplaces are unbeatable.

CON: Lack of Wood Aroma

One of the great pleasures of burning real firewood is the warm, smokey smell it gives off. It’s what makes a camping trip special and perks up a barbecue. Of course, you don’t always want to impart that burning wood smell to your furniture, so this one might actually be a blessing in disguise.

PRO: Safe

One of the fireplace’s greatest flaws is that it can prove extremely dangerous to curious children. Left alone for a few minutes, even the most sensible juvenile can find it difficult to resist a closer look. New bio ethanol fireplaces alleviate this problem by making it possible to surround the burning fire with a layer of thick, heat proof glass. Because the fire does not require stoking, this protective measure can remain firmly in place, preventing children from touching hot elements at all times.

PRO: Easy to Operate

Of all the benefits of a bio ethanol fireplace, this might just be one of the greatest. Bio ethanol fireplaces can be turned on and off with the twist of a fuel nozzle, making them a breeze to work with. Gone is the need to arrange wood just right and cross your fingers that it’ll work out; with these easy to use controls, you’ll be able to enjoy a fire whenever you want to, without even breaking a sweat. Lucky you!