Fireplaces: Wood-burning vs. Ethanol


If you have always loved a wood-burning fireplace, you may be skeptical about ethanol varieties. You might wonder if they create the same ambiance or you may just be curious about the fuel source itself. If you have recently been introduced to them or have read about the dangers of wood-burning fireplaces then you may simply wonder what makes ethanol such a popular pick with environmental enthusiasts.


As you know, wood creates smoke when it burns. In order for this to even happen, it has to rob the room of oxygen. Have you ever stopped to think about what smoke actually is? It is a collection of gas, liquid, and solid particles, including carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons. This destroys the environment and compromises your health. Ethanol fireplaces do not create smoke. They use a clean-burning fuel source that does not have a negative effect on the environment or your health.


Obviously, a wood fire requires a tree. Unfortunately, trees take a long time to grow. Every year, deforestation becomes a greater issue. These are needed to absorb carbon dioxide and provide oxygen. Not to mention, deforestation leads to animal habitat loss.

Imagine warming up next to the flame provided by our Eco-Feu Santa Cruz 2-Sided Biofuel Fireplace. Not only is there no smoke or toxins to deal with; you do not have to be concerned with deforestation. Bio ethanol is produced from agricultural feedstock, such as potato, sugar cane, and corn. These are all crops that can be grown lightning fast.


Have you ever noticed that as soon as you finally get comfortable or the movie starts getting good, you are suddenly cold? It is time to get up, poke at the fire, and possibly throw another log on. Then, you have to deal with it being overly hot for a while. This hassle does not even consider the time you spent getting the fire going to begin with.

The modern pieces we have here at Ethanol Fireplace Pros allow you to enjoy a dancing flame with a consistent temperature. Plus, all you have to do to get it started is pour the liquid into the burner and ignite.


There is nothing "fun" about a wood-burning fire. You have to maintain a dirty wood pile that attracts rodents and insects, and you have to scoop soot every day. Add the fact that you are forced to scrub a disgusting layer of filth off your walls when you do your spring cleaning. By the way, that layer of filth is also in your lungs.

Bio ethanol fireplaces are maintenance-free. Pouring in the oil is all you need to do. It is the cleanest and healthiest fire you can enjoy.

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  • Brady Draper