Ethanol Versus Other Fireplaces

The ethanol fireplace is quickly becoming the one of choice. Although the gel fireplace also uses an alcohol-based fuel that does not require ventilation, ethanol provides much more heat. In the past homes were restricted to basically two types of fireplaces, coal, and wood. In later years with the introduction of cheap natural gas and propane new fuel sourced fireplaces were introduced.

Although the gas fireplace was touted as being cleaner burning than a wood fireplace it still required a venting system in the form of a chimney. The gas fireplace does not produce the sooty black smoke of a coal or wood fireplace, and although its smoke is cleaner looking, it does not mean it is less noxious. Ethanol Fireplaces require no ventilation when installed, allowing the installation to take place anywhere in the house.

Coal Fireplaces Versus Ethanol Fireplaces

Coal fireplaces are a rarity today, however some older renovations kept the old stalwart coal fireplace. Some who still use antique coal fireplaces have replaced the fuel with an easier to obtain charcoal, which can be purchased in carriable bags. Wood pellets is also used as a substitute fuel in old coal burning fireplaces and stoves. The difference is stark when comparing the coal fireplace to the modern clean burning ethanol fireplace.

Coal Fireplace

Ethanol Fireplace

Bulky – Heavy- Dirty Fuel

Fuel- Easy to Carry – Lightweight-Clean Fuel

Needs Ventilation – A Chimney or Smokestack

No Ventilation Needed

Regular cleaning and Ash Disposal

Clean with a damp cloth or mild detergent

Chimney Cleaning at Least Annually

No Chimney Cleaning

 

The coal fireplace versus an ethanol fireplace is a night and day difference. Everything about the coal fireplace says work, while the ethanol fireplace says sit back and enjoy

Wood Fireplaces Versus Ethanol Fireplaces

A fireplace is often depicted as a traditional wood burning fireplace with raging flames and logs crackling with sparks flying. Everything about this picture is what makes the wood burning fireplace a lot of hard work and a hazard. Unless buying the wood at a price that rises every year and paying to have it stacked and protected from the weather, chopping wood takes many days. A day’s worth of chopped wood in a regularly used medium wood fireplace can be burned in hours. There is no doubt that the wood fireplace is nostalgic, so too is the work to maintain it.

Wood Fireplace

Ethanol Fireplace

Fuel – Bulky – Heavy- Dirty- Lots of Work

Fuel- Easy to Carry – Lightweight-Clean

Needs Ventilation – A Chimney or Smokestack

No Ventilation Needed

Regular Cleaning – Ash Disposal

Clean with a damp cloth or mild detergent

Chimney Cleaning at Least Annually

No Chimney Cleaning

 

Burning wood in a fireplace causes a buildup of creosote, a residual from the smoke, and ash. Fire Departments across the USA estimate that over 25,000 chimney fires occur annually, many caused by wood burning fireplaces and the ignition of creosote by sparks rising up the dirty chimney. Ethanol Fireplaces are a chimney free option for enjoying the primal ambience and meditative seduction of flames from a steady fire.

Gas Fireplaces Versus Ethanol Fireplaces

As discussed above, the introduction of the gas fireplace was advertised as cleaner burning. True, compared to coal and wood, however they still emitted fumes that needed to be vented. Aside from the noxious fumes caused by burning gas, piping in the gas required professional, costly installers. Natural gas has an inherent volatility, although successfully used in home for cooking, heat, air conditioning and more, the delivery system is not flawless. Pipes decay, rot and require maintenance. A faulty gas pipe can lead to a leak or worse. A faulty or leaking gas fireplace can be catastrophic.

Gas Fireplace

Ethanol Fireplace

Fuel-Professional Installation of Gas Lines

Fuel- Easy to Carry – Lightweight-Clean

Needs Ventilation – A Chimney or Smokestack

No Ventilation Needed

Regular Maintenance of Unit and Gas Lines

Clean with a damp cloth or mild detergent

Chimney Cleaning at Least Annually

No Chimney Cleaning

 

A gas fireplace is the forerunner of the ethanol fireplaces. Used to retrofit older fireplaces in renovations and as a new installation in homes and condos, the gas fireplace overtook coal and wood as a fuel source. Although gas fireplaces have advantages over the dirty burning coal and wood, versus ethanol there is no contest.

Ethanol Fireplaces Advantages Versus Other Fireplaces

Ethanol Fireplaces can be used almost anywhere in a home, office, cottage, condo, cabin and even boats. Unlike the fireplaces of the past, ethanol fireplaces, the clean burning alternative are flexible, require no venting system and offer a fuel that can be conveniently purchased, carried, stored, and used.