Ethanol Fireplaces – An Eco-Friendly Source of Fire

  • Since the dawn of time, fire has been one of the cornerstones of our society. In the beginning, it was a critical element required for survival. Today, it serves as a gathering place for family and friends and offers a location by which to relax. Regardless of whether it is used for survival or leisure, fire remains one of nature’s most important elements.

    As our modern society seeks to preserve nature through conservation efforts, finding eco-friendly options for everyday living has become important. Traditional masonry models of fireplaces are neither environmentally efficient heating sources, not particularly effective. This is why ethanol fireplaces offer an excellent alternative. Not only do ethanol fireplaces produce less pollution than standard fireplaces, but they can be purchased in freestanding models or built into existing hearths – which requires the use of less materials than building a new hearth from scratch.

    Before deciding whether or not a bioethanol fireplace is right for their home, the first thing a consumer must do is decide whether they want their fireplace to serve as a primary heating source or as a decorative element used only several times a year for aesthetic purposes. If a consumer wants to purchase a fireplace for heating purposes, then he or she will be better served by choosing a fireplace insert that uses gas or wood. However, the average ethanol fireplace has a heat output of around 2-3 kW per hour, which is strong enough to effectively heat an area of 65 to 130 square feet.

    In areas that experience milder winters, an ethanol fireplace can capture the look and feel of a real fireplace. Compared to traditional fireplaces, ethanol fireplaces are relatively inexpensive to own and operate.

    This type of appliance uses biofuel (also commonly called ethyl alcohol) to simulate the appearance of fire. Biofuel is derived from agricultural byproducts, like corn. Biofuel is a renewable energy source – making it eco-friendly. Most ethanol fireplaces possess sleek, modern contemporary designs. They are especially popular among urban settings, and because they do not require the use of a vent, they can be placed almost anywhere. Unlike their wood burning cousins, ethanol fireplaces do not produce ash or soot.

    Although it depends on the specific model of fireplace a consumer chooses, the average ethanol fireplace can burn for 2 to 10 hours on a single can of biofuel. However, total burning time will be affected by several factors, including fuel capacity and flame size. Traditionally, ethanol fireplaces have the same operating costs as wood burning fireplaces do, but a person does not have to contend with the aggravation of handling and cleaning logs.

    Although our society does not depend on fire for survival as much as it once did, what is important now is preserving the world we live in. By investing in an ethanol fireplace, a consumer can enjoy all of the advantages that fire has to offer – in a responsible and environmentally friendly manner.