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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Candace Osmond