Electric vs. Bio Ethanol Fireplaces


Everyday consumers are faced with the huge decision of choosing between bio ethanol and electric fireplaces. If you were comparing an ethanol variety to a wood-burning fireplace, there would be no comparison at all, but electric is a worthy competitor in the fireplace industry. However, although there is not necessarily a right or wrong product, there are a few reasons why many people do choose ethanol instead. These reasons may help you make a more educated buying decision.


There are gorgeous styles available from both fuel sources. Both are available in wall varieties. If you are looking for a freestanding style then ethanol is the obvious pick. There are electric floor models available, but you do need to be close to an electric outlet, and you don't want to risk anyone tripping over the plug, so this style is generally placed right against a wall. If you are looking for one that offers a great amount of versatility, check out our Spectrum Freestanding Bio Ethanol Fireplace. It should also be noted that tabletop ethanol fireplaces are available, too!


An electric fireplace is lovely to look at, however it does not offer a realistic flame. If you want a fire that actually looks like a fire, then ethanol is for you. There is nothing fake about it. These fireplaces provide instant heat, and the flames dance madly. Those looking to replace their wood-burning fireplace with an electric or ethanol one will be interested to know that we have grates and inserts here at Ethanol Fireplace Pros. So, you can essentially transform your home's beautiful centerpiece into a more enjoyable one that still offers a realistic flame.


Both styles are far more environmentally-friendly than burning wood. That being said, ethanol definitely dominates this category. Some forget that electricity uses fossil fuels, which emits a lot of CO2 into the air. This is responsible for global warming. Ethanol is a clean-burning, odor-free fuel source that is created by fermenting agricultural feed stock, such as potato, corn, sugar cane, and beets. If you are looking for an option with the smallest environmental impact, it is ethanol.


The great thing about these types of fireplaces is they are virtually maintenance -free. An electric variety can be operated with a remote control. With an ethanol fireplace, you simply pour in the fuel and ignite. There is no clean up.


Here is another area where ethanol comes out ahead. If there is a power outage in the middle of winter, that electric fireplace is not going to do you any good, but you will have plenty of warmth from an ethanol one!

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  • Brady Draper