Maintaining Your Ethanol Fireplace
Buying an ethanol fireplace is an investment you are not only making in your home but in the future of the planet.
These eco friendly, clean burning fires can heat your home efficiently and cheaply while also giving off hardly any waste product – unlike a traditional log or coal burning fire.
Once you’ve bought your fireplace you will want to make sure it stays efficient and works well for years to come. That’s where regular maintenance and cleaning comes in.
We’ve put together a step by step guide to cleaning your ethanol fireplace to make sure it burns brightly and heats your home well all the time.
1. Turn the burner off and leave it to cool
Don’t attempt to clean or repair your ethanol fireplace if it has been recently switched on. You should turn it off and leave it to cool down completely before starting work. If in doubt, leave it for one hour at least to make sure there is no residual heat left inside.
2. Remove the burner
The most important part of your ethanol fire is the burner itself. You should remove the unit entirely and drain any remaining fuel from it. It’s best to carry out your repairs and maintenance when you know your fire is running low on fuel to avoid wastage. Use a dry, soft cloth to gently wipe away any fuel that may be left and make sure it is completely free from ethanol residue.
3. Cleaning the burner
You should use a slightly damp, soft cloth to pick up any dust or dirt particles that have found their way onto the ethanol fireplace burner. You can use a soap but it should be very mild, such as dish soap, so you don’t risk corroding the working parts of your fireplace. It should be wiped over with kitchen towel and then set to one side so it can dry completely. It is very important your burner is thoroughly dry before you reassemble the fireplace. Never dunk the burner in water or submerge.
4. Cleaning the insert
Wipe over the insert with a clean dry cloth and then use a slightly damp, soft cloth to wipe over the surfaces of the insert. Make sure you’re not getting the insert too wet and again, never completely dunk it in water. If it is stainless steel, you can use stainless steel polish to give your insert a gleaming look.
Reassemble your fire, taking care to make sure every part is thoroughly dried. Refill the burner with new bioethanol fuel and it’s ready to go. Make sure you use approved ethanol fuels for your fire as cheaper versions will not provide a clean burn and could damage your fire.
You only need to clean your fire maybe once or twice a year – depending on how much it is used. Take the time to inspect your unit for any defects or repairs that might need doing when you take it apart to clean it. There’s definitely less maintenance and cleaning required with a bioethanol fire than with a traditional log burner so once you know how to clean your fire, it’s a piece of cake!
- Candace Osmond