Using an Ethanol Fireplace for Camping

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The design of fireplaces has improved greatly over the last hundred years. In the past, it was only possible to keep a fire burning by continually adding wood and monitoring the flames closely. Now, it is possible to feed a fire using bio ethanol fuel. Ethanol is a renewable fuel source that is produced by agricultural stocks. Ethanol fireplaces can be used indoors or outdoors. If you are fond of the outdoors, you will probably be pleased to hear that ethanol fireplaces are very handy for camping!

 

Advantages

Ethanol fireplaces are typically built small and simply. This means that there are no confusing parts to assemble once you have selected a place to put it. All you have to do is add the fuel and start the fire with a match. The fact that they are so small is also good in terms of transportation. Carrying a heavy portable fireplace around with you wouldn’t be much fun at all! Ethanol fireplaces are also good because they are considered to be very safe. The fuel is not explosive, which is important if you are camping with children who are curious about adding random things to the flames. As well, the flames are easy to put out. This is an advantage when you want to quickly clean up and leave camp.

 

Disadvantages

One big disadvantage to using an ethanol fireplace is the amount of heat that they produce. They will not be a major source of heat while camping. This means that if you have a large group with you, they will not all be able to keep warm while sitting around this fire. As well, if you are tending the fire, you will have to be more cautious around an ethanol fireplace. The flame is invisible, so you cannot tell where it is. Ethanol fireplaces do not function well in a cold environment. If there is snow or frost on the ground, the fire may not function at an optimal state. As well, the small size of the unit can also prove to be a disadvantage. This is because it may not be able to withstand harsh handling. If you drop the portable fireplace, or kick it by accident, it may not function any longer.

 

Overall, ethanol fireplaces can be great pieces of equipment to use while camping. They are easy to carry and will produce a functioning flame. However, you first must investigate whether this type of fireplace will work for your specific needs. If you have a large group, or if you are nervous working around an invisible flame, this may not be the best fireplace to bring on your camping trip.

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  • Candace Osmond