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New Smart Fireplaces that Can Be Controlled by your Smart Phone

Technology never ceases to be amazing, especially when it comes to matters of convenience and safety. We’ve seen some incredible things with home automation, and now you’ll be able to bring that same sort of functionality into your home fireplace.

Ignis has stepped up its game with some incredible features which can be found in its new line of Smart Bio Ethanol Electronic Burners. Unlike the ethanol fireplaces of old, these contain additional technology to keep you and your family safe while still being able to enjoy the benefits, with a few extra conveniences thrown in.

 

Safety First

 

The new Smart Bio Ethanol Electric Burners, which come in Stainless Steel and Black, aren’t just regular ethanol fireplaces. Thanks to its internal computer, the device is constantly checking to make sure things are running as they should.

If it senses any fluctuations, such as an increase in carbon dioxide or heat output, or any sort of unusual motion, it will shut itself off. In this way, it is shock and earthquake proof, both good things when dealing with a liquid fuel. The burner also contains LED lights to let you know the battery and fuel levels, which is pretty handy.

In addition to the digital safety features, these burners also feature separate fuel reservoirs. Previously, you would get the fuel where it needed to be, then light it up. With these devices, fuel is sealed away and only a small amount is allowed to pass into the burning chamber. While this reduces risk of fire injuries, it also allows you to better store your fuel, making it last longer.

 

Functionality

 

One of the best parts of the technological trends we’ve been seeing as of late is home automation. With the right setup, you can have your house lights turn on as you walk in the door. You can turn on music with your voice. And now, you can get your fireplace up and running using your smartphone.

With Ignis’ new Smart Bio Ethanol Electronic Burners, getting started is pretty easy. Instead of having to light your fireplace with a match or lighter, all you need to do is flip a switch, much like you would with a natural gas fireplace. Thanks to wifi-enabled controls, integrating these new burners into your home automation system should be a breeze.

I would love to come into the house, hang up my coat and keys, and kick on the fireplace with a quick tap of my smartphone. These kinds of things really make me feel like we’re living in the future while still being able to enjoy something as classic as a drink by the fire.

 

Customization

 

What’s the good of investing in something if you can’t have it the way you want it? These new burners from Ignis can be purchased as inserts to be put into any sort of situation you’d like. They come in six different sizes and in black and white, as I mentioned earlier.

If you don’t want to get crafty and build something  yourself, there are also some great other options utilizing these new smart burners. The Ignis 39.5" Wide One-Sided Ethanol Burning Smart Firebox, for instance, is a great way to integrate the new burners into a wall or cabinetry. With its front glass panel and stainless steel construction, it is designed to impress.

For those who want to go a bit bigger, the Ignis 52" Wide Double-Sided Ethanol Burning Smart Firebox may be a better fit. This incredible fireplace is designed to be recessed into a wall or put into a custom case, and it is really cool to see.

Even these fireboxes come with some additional safety features, like two layers of stainless steel sheets with stone wool fireproof insulation between.

On top of the physical customization, these new fireplaces also offer one more neat feature: adjustable flame heights. No matter which Ignis burner you choose, you have access to three levels of flame height.

 

Beautiful Bioethanol

 

These new burners from Ignis all use bio-ethanol. If you’re unfamiliar with what bioethanol is, here’s a quick rundown.

First and foremost, bioethanol is a renewable source of fuel. Unlike natural gas or propane, bioethanol is made from plants, which can be replanted after harvesting. Bioethanol also doesn’t produce as many greenhouse gasses as other forms of fuel, which is also good for the environment.

One of the downsides to a bioethanol fireplace is that it’s going to be mostly for show. It doesn’t burn as hot as other fuels, but that’s not to say it doesn’t burn hot. Bioethanol is still a fuel, and the fire it creates does still burn.

Pricewise, bioethanol is in a pretty good place. It’s not as cheap as wood, but it’s certainly easier to load up, store and ignite. In my book, all of those things win out. Unlike wood, however, bioethanol doesn’t give you any satisfying crackles and pops or that great wood smell. Also unlike wood, burning bioethanol puts off little to no smoke, which is a great benefit and allows for bioethanol fireplaces to be used indoors without any extreme ventilation.

 

Conclusion

Smart stuff is cool. Technology is cool. Safety is really cool.

The new features Ignis has introduced with their line of Smart Bio Ethanol Electronic Burners are something people should keep an eye on. Not only do they make things convenient through the addition of some great wifi technology, Ignis has added some safety features I feel more companies should check out.

Allowing for fewer emissions and making sure fire-related accidents happen less often is a pretty big deal. When we’re relaxing by the fireplace, we don’t want to have to worry about anything other than enjoying its beauty and warmth. And we especially don’t want to worry about the safety of our loved ones.

Ignis is combining technology and beauty in a big way, and I think it would be a great idea for other manufacturers to get onboard.

Why White is so “in” Right Now

The all-white look is nothing new. Looking back through history, we can see it in places such as Greece and Japan, among others. White walls and white decor have been a pretty big deal for centuries, and why shouldn’t they be? There are any number of ways one can decorate with the color white, but why do we want to? What are we drawn to in this smorgasbord of color? I’m going to take a few stabs in the dark at why I think white is so “in” right now. At the end, I hope you’ll share your own thoughts.

 

The Image of “Clean”

 

When it comes to white, I often hear it associated with the word “clean.” Take, for instance, the Eco-Feu Montreal Wall Mount Fireplace. In looking at it, I would say it has a very clean appearance. With its straight lines, glass face and stark, white border, this fireplace feels pristine.

Perhaps this is a direct correlation to the fact dirt shows up so easily on white surfaces. I know I go way too long without dusting around my home, and this certainly shows up more readily on my white and black surfaces than it does on any other color.

So, is white more clean? Or is it a trick of the mind, perhaps harkening back to time spent in hospitals with their antiseptic designs? White certainly doesn’t specifically mean clean. My office, with its white walls and desk, is a far cry from clean, when compared to my wife’s office with its vibrant colors. Still, though, that feeling of “clean” cannot be denied when it comes to white decor.

 

Bring on the Light

 

The color white is really good at one thing, which may actually tie into my first point: It makes things brighter.

A room full of dark paintings and furniture can come to life when joined by a white vase or a white rug or something really cool like the Broadway Freestanding Bio Ethanol Fireplace - Anywhere Fireplace.

White reflects light, almost glowing thanks to any light source in the area. Heck, even walking from a well-lit room with dark designs into a well-lit white room can be a bit blinding.

There’s something to be said for natural light, and white plays very well with it, whether it’s your walls, a piece of art or a bouquet of flowers.

 

Ease of Decoration

 

One of my biggest reasons for enjoying the color white when decorating is because of how easy it makes things.

A white wall is akin to a canvas, waiting to have art or furniture placed on it. A dark, leather chair placed up against a white wall makes for a great bit of contrast.

Alternatively, one could place white decor against dark colors. A fireplace like the Bio-Blaze Oviedo Wall Mount Bio Ethanol Fireplace hanging on a vibrant red or blue wall would absolutely pop. It would immediately become the center of attention.

Not all decor needs to be about the walls. A nice floor piece would go well next to a wooden futon or bench. The Nu-Flame Cristallo Glass Pillar Stainless Steel Tabletop Fireplace would look great between a sofa and loveseat made with a natural wood. It would also stand out well on an end table.

Thanks to the way colors work so well with white, creating a room with a truly special look becomes a piece of cake.

 

Going Contemporary

 

They say white gives things a more “modern” look. What does that mean to you? To me, it simply says it’s in style. But, I can see where they’re coming from.

In white, the Tectum Freestanding Bio Ethanol Fireplace is like a work of art. The fire is a bright orange, a nice complement to the thick white frame. With its straight lines, it has that modern feel, and I don’t think it would be quite as successful in any other color.

Perhaps the “modern” concept comes from simply looking at design inspirations from periods past. At the end of the last century, everything was so bright. The ‘80s were full of neon and the ‘90s embraced dark colors. In the mid century, things were similar to today’s styles, but, instead of white, used pastels or those weird shades of green and yellow.

Now, we have stripped color away, to some extent. Perhaps in order to give it more meaning. This idea of modern is dramatic, in a way. It says “I’m not quite like what has come before.” Pieces like the Eco-Feu Olympia Biofuel Fireplace can hang on a wall and represent a modern concept, rather than just being another decoration.

 

The Apple Effect

Hear me out on this one. Apple, the makers of the iPod, iPhone and overpriced computers, made white incredibly popular.

When they started putting out their products, people followed suit. This was most noticeable in the car industry, with folks buying more and more white cars, making it the most popular color for several years.

Apple used the color to good effect, as it fit in with some of the things we’ve previously discussed, namely giving things that modern feel. It makes for a good aesthetic.

It’s only natural that, over time, this might have leaked into our living rooms. I know I’ve got a whole bunch of white stuff, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I was more than a little influenced by my love of Apple’s mobile products.

Still, though, maybe that one’s a bit of a stretch. If you don’t want to follow me on this idea, I won’t be offended. Something to think about, though!

 

Conclusion

White is awesome, but not necessarily on its own. Like many other design concepts, colors work well together, and pretty much everything works well with white. It just makes things feel brighter and happier.

Personally, I’m a big fan of mixing darks and lights. A red wall with white accents would be something you might find in my dream house. We’ll see what the wife thinks about that, though.

What are your thoughts on white? Is it still “in” for you? Let us know in the comments!

How Ethanol Fireplaces are Created

How Ethanol Fireplaces are Created



The idea of ethanol fireplaces certainly is a popular one. Doesn’t it sound great to have a fireplace that does not produce soot, ashes, or cause a risk for out of control fires? The fact that ethanol fireplaces have grown so much in popularity is why people have set out to design their own ideal model. This is not an incredibly difficult project, but just not be undertaken if you do not have the required knowledge. You should also be working with a trained professional who knows whether or not your ideas are feasible. We will be talking a little bit about how ethanol fireplaces are made, and going over some of the more notable models that have been created.

 

Safety concerns

The first order of business is ensuring that you know exactly what it is that you are trying to create. An ethanol fireplace does not produce a real flame, but it requires that certain safety precautions be followed nonetheless. It is crucial that you follow any safety manual or instructions from a professional that you are given. As for constructing the actual fireplace, the components should be of very good quality. Do not choose cheapness over safety. Some burners are more expensive than others due to the fact that they are tested and certified for safety. As well, it is important to note that the burner should fit the fireplace that you are making. Do not try to force something that is not compatible. As well, if you are setting up an ethanol fireplace in your home, be sure that you have a good spot picked out for it. There needs to be enough circulation in the room so that the fireplace does not deprive the area of oxygen. Try to avoid putting a fireplace in a small and closed off room, because that might not be a good idea in the long run.

 

Built-in fireplaces

A built-in fireplace is made directly in the wall. They are relatively simple to install into your home. An example of a built-in fireplace would be the Ignis Lata Recessed Bio Ethanol Fireplace. This is a beautiful example of something similar that you could create for yourself. This model was made with powder-coated and stainless steel. It is finished with a black powder coat so as to showcase the classic flames. A feature that it has that you could use on your fireplace is a safety glass. This would be placed on the outside of the glass, and is just a little more peace of mind for you. The maintenance and installation are very straightforward, as no chimney or vents are required. If you are curious to see how this fireplace works, click here.

 

Open fire

Another option you could select is the idea of an open fireplace. You could use a single burner, or multiple. Choosing the fireplace surround is another choice to make. It is really all about what you want to see in your home. An example of an open fireplace would be the Ignis Mecca Freestanding Ventless Ethanol Fireplace. The ethanol flame is burning inside a freestanding box, which could be placed anywhere. There is a partial sheet of tempered glass over the fire for safety. Open fireplaces can be transferred around, and could be used inside or outside. The side without the tempered glass is warmer, if you prefer more heat on yourself. If you want to read more about how this fireplace works, click here.

 

CI burner

There are two different types of burners that are used for ethanol fireplaces. The first of which is the CI burner, which is usually meant for the built-in fireplaces. This burner is great because it can be integrated right into the unit. It can be fitted to blend in with tough materials such as granite. In the end, the result is seamless and classic. It is easiest to use this burner with built-in units because of the flexibility. However, if you wanted to, you could use the CI burner in an open fireplace as well. When installing the burner, there needs to be a cut-out in the fireplace ready for it. Certain safety measures have to be followed so that the flames never touch the inside walls of the fireplace. The material that you are integrating the burner into must be non-flammable. This includes materials such as granite or limestone. These materials also must be thick enough so they are not affected by the burner. If using more than one burner, there must be a minimum of 50 mm between them.

 

OF wide

The second type of burner is known as the OF wide. This type of burner cannot easily be integrated into a material. This means that it is only to be used as a freestanding burner. Typically, this product is less expensive than the CI burner. The installation for this burner is also simpler than that of the CI burner. This is because there is no need for integration. You can use this burner in open fireplaces with surrounds, or in hole in the wall fireplaces. The design element is then up to you. You could add components such as bricks so as to give the fire a retro feeling. 

 

Ethanol fireplaces are a new and improved method of providing your homes with supplemental heat. People are impressed by the small amount of maintenance and care that they require. If you are purchasing an ethanol fireplace from a manufacturer, make sure to get all the information that you need. The professionals are able to talk with you and give you knowledge about how ethanol fireplaces work. If you want to design your own model of ethanol fireplace, that is also a possibility. You can work alongside a manufacturer, and they will listen to your input. The benefit to doing it this way is that the manufacturer will be able to tell you if your idea is not workable. They can then make helpful suggestions for you to consider.

5 Unique Ways to Use an Ethanol Fireplace

5 Unique Ways to Use an Ethanol Fireplace

When we think about ethanol fireplaces in the home, they will typically be associated with good thoughts. Fireplaces remind us of love, warmth and companionship. There are many good stories of sitting around a cherry fire, talking and laughing with our loved ones. Ethanol fireplaces usually have a key placement in the home. They will be installed where people are more likely to be. Ethanol fireplaces will typically be put in living rooms or family rooms, so that they can be the focal point of parties and get-togethers. However, did you know that there are much more unique ways to use an ethanol fireplace? We will be discussing several of these methods in the article below. You might be surprised to hear some of them, perhaps you haven’t even considered all the different ways you can use an ethanol fireplace in your home!

 

Bathrooms

Who would think that a bathroom is the place to put a fireplace? Bathrooms are small and impersonal, no place for a fireplace, right? Wrong! Bathrooms tend to be colder rooms in the house. They can be drafty, and neglected compared to the rest of the rooms in your house. However, they do not need to remain this way. You can easily fix this dilemma. The fact that they are cold and neglected is why they are excellent places to put a fireplace. An ethanol fireplace can cast a warm ambiance all around the bathroom, and the user of the room. This means that you can enjoy a nice relaxing bath while admiring the sight of beautiful flames. Bathrooms do not have to be cold and forgotten rooms in the house. You have the ability to make them a lovely place of luxury and relaxation.   

 

The entryway

This room might not be such a surprising place to put an ethanol fireplace. After all, what could be a better way to welcome guests into your home? Ethanol fireplaces have the ability to create a warm environment for all the people whom you invite over. They will walk in and immediately feel at home. Having a fireplace here will also make an immediate statement about your home. It will say that you are a homeowner who takes pride in how their house looks and feels to other people. As well, these fireplaces can take away the draft that comes in every time the door opens. Warmer houses will automatically make people feel more comfortable. They will be more encouraged to stay and chat in such a warm and cozy house.   

 

Basement

Basements usually tend to be the coldest area in the home. Even if people completely renovate and finish their basements, they will not be as warm as the rest of the house. They are at the lowest level of the house, and heat tends to rise to the upper levels. This can get annoying, especially if you are a person who gets cold easily. People sometimes avoid the basement, just because they do not want to shiver all evening long. Ethanol fireplaces can do wonders to warm up the basement of homes. People can easy adjust the temperature to an optimal level for their preference while they relax downstairs in their rec room. Once you have a warm and comfortable fire, the temperature of the whole space will rise correspondingly. You will eventually get so comfortable, that you may never want to come back upstairs!

 

Guestroom

The room that you are offering for your guests should showcase how much they mean to you. Putting some extra effort into your guestroom can be the turning point between welcoming and mediocre. Ethanol fireplaces can definitely assist in the conversion of a room into a great guestroom. As well, guestrooms tend to be colder than the rest of the house, because we keep the door closed most of the time. If you do not have guests over too often, then this is a room that will rarely ever be used. However, it will eventually need to be used, and should be ready and waiting to welcome your guests. Ethanol fireplaces can be turned on to quickly warm the room and get it ready for your guests. Guests will be impressed at the level of dedication that you will put into forming the room to perfection.   

 

On your patio

Ethanol fireplaces are great because they can be used inside and outside the house. Having an ethanol fireplace on the patio is a great way to embrace the outdoors. You can enjoy your beautiful backyard while staying warm up on your patio. In the daytime, this can be convenient especially for people who have children and pets in the house. You can watch them run and play in the backyard from your patio. And whenever they get too cold, they can come up onto the patio and warm themselves by the fireplace. This is also great for neighborhood get-togethers. You can host everybody outside on the patio, and turn the fireplace up for people to enjoy. If you have a barbeque on the patio, this can be even better. This is especially helpful during the spring and autumn, when the temperature is cooler. If you live in a mild area, you could even continue enjoying your fireplace and patio in the winter!

There is no end to the number of ways in which you could make your home unique. Deciding where to put your ethanol fireplaces opens plenty of options for you. By thinking of different rooms to put a fireplace, you can explore a much wider range of possibilities. The article above lists a few of the many unique places in a home where a fireplace can go. If you have some more ideas, feel free to try them out! Ethanol fireplaces are convenient because they can easily be taken out and installed in a different room. There is no need to fool around with ventilation and pipes! So simple!   

Create a Focal Wall in Your Living Room



It is commonly said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. This is where meals are cooked and enjoyed, and the family can congregate together. However, the living room is the room that is often showed off when company comes over. People work hard to make their living rooms look nice, and part of that is creating a focal wall. A focal wall can be made many different ways. We are recommending a few in particular in the article below.

World map accent wall

Having a world map spread across a wall can be both educational and interesting. People can view the countries on the map while they are visiting. They can brush up on their geography skills, and remind themselves of places that they want to visit.

Accent wall with wood pallets

Although the exposed wood look is not everyone’s favorite, it can still make for a great focal wall. It brings in a sense of rustic charm that can help tie a room together. You can choose wood that is a different color to make it livelier or keep the colors the same.

Fireplace TV console

An interesting concept that has recently been designed is the fireplace TV console. The fireplace is embedded into the stand using an insert, and the TV can be set up on the surface above. This is convenient because you can enjoy the warmth of the fireplace while enjoying your favorite shows.

Mural accent wall

You don’t have to be incredibly artistic to appreciate murals. All you have to do is select a mural design that you really love. Some examples include a forest scene or a mountain view. This can be unique to some of your guests who have never seen art displayed on a wall like this. If you prefer, you could simply create a wall mural using abstract shapes and colors instead of a set scene.

Bookshelf accent wall

Shelves can be a great way to add interest (and storage) to a living room wall. Paint the wall a nice color, and then set up multiple shelves so that the wall can still be seen. Then you can add books or trinkets to fill up the shelves.

There is a wide variety of ways that you could create a focal wall in your living room. If you are not interested in any of the suggestions above, a quick Google search will bring up lots of others. By daring to be a bit different, you will be the talk of your friends and neighbors. They will be impressed the next time that you decide to host a party or get together.

Warm Up a Boring Waiting Room with These 4 Fireplaces

People do not typically get excited about the thought of sitting in a waiting room. They may get bored and restless while they wait for whomever it is that they are seeing. If their business is urgent, they might even become anxious as they wait. This is not a pleasant experience, although hopefully this does not have to be the case any longer. By warming up your boring waiting room with a beautiful fireplace, you are giving your client something else to think about. They do not need to worry about everyday concerns, because they can get lost for a precious few moments.

Ignis Cube XL Freestanding Bio Ethanol Fireplace

This fireplace model is set on a table surface, and the flames are behind glass. It is very small, and only weighs 19 pounds. This means that you can use it as a tabletop fireplace in your waiting room. It would give your clients something interesting to look at while they wait. As well, this fireplace runs off bioethanol, so its bi-products are environmentally friendly. Clients do not need to worry about being so close to it, because bioethanol is a clean fuel source. Read more about this cute little fireplace here!

 

Nu-Flame Fiamme Floor Fireplace

This freestanding fireplace is larger than the first option we looked at. It weighs 30.86 pounds, and can be incorporated into your waiting room with ease. If you wish to move it to a new location, it is quite easy to do so. This fireplace also runs on bioethanol, and does not require venting. More information can be found here.

 

Bio-Blaze Qube Large Ethanol Fireplace

This large modern fireplace is sure to liven things up in your boring waiting room! It is in the shape of a cube, but the middle section has been hollowed out. In that space, an ethanol-fueled flame burns brightly. This product weighs 154 pounds, so try to find a good semi-permanent place for it to stay. It will not be easy to move it around afterwards. This fireplace can be read about here.

 

Broadway Freestanding Bio Ethanol Fireplace – Anywhere Fireplace

This is a smaller freestanding fireplace, with a very sleek design. The flame is in the middle of a curved surface, which is supported by a sheet of glass on each side. Although this fireplace is not incredibly large (27 pounds), it can provide a significant amount of heat. It is enough to keep all your clients warm and comfortable as they wait for you in your waiting room. If you wish to find out more about this fireplace, simply click on the link here.