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Ethanol Fireplaces 101: Everything You Need to Know

A beautiful ethanol fireplace at nighttime

Have you always dreamed of having a stunning, warm fire light up your living spaces? You’ve come to the right place! Ethanol fireplaces are a fantastic option for those looking to add a safe, environmentally friendly, and beautiful fireplace to their home.

In this article, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about ethanol fireplaces before you invest in your own. We will discuss what ethanol fireplaces are, how they work, and the various options available.

What is an Ethanol Fireplace?

Ethanol fireplaces (AKA bio-ethanol fireplaces) are made from burners that use ethanol as fuel. There’s no need to add any other type of fuel sources like wood or propane.

These fireplaces are an excellent addition to any home because of their versatility. The flame doesn’t emit smoke, and no chimney, gas lines, or vents are required. Because of this, these ventless fireplaces don’t require much in terms of installation.

What is Bioethanol Fuel?

In short, bioethanol fuel is alcohol.

Bioethanol is a renewable energy source. It’s created by the fermentation of starches and sugars from plants, particularly those that would otherwise be wasted due to processes in the agricultural and forestry industries. Plants used to make bioethanol are often sugarcane, grain, or corn. This makes it considerably more environmentally friendly than the fuel alternatives.

To ensure that pure alcohol is used as fuel and isn’t consumed by people, denaturants are added. These make it taste and smell bad and often also poisonous. Depending on the quality of the fuel, it shouldn’t have an odour when it’s burned.

How do Ethanol Fireplaces Work?

Operating a bioethanol fireplace is a super easy process! All you need to do is add fuel to the burner and ignite the flames. The average burn time is around 4 hours, or longer if you opt for a larger flame size. After the flames have gone out, you can add more fuel (we recommend waiting at least 15 minutes to allow it to cool down) or turn off the burner.

Because bioethanol doesn’t produce smoke, carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide, Bio Flame ethanol fireplaces allow you to have warmth and comfort in your home without having to worry about the indoor air quality.

How to Install an Ethanol Fireplace

Ethanol fireplace installation is a breeze. Because of their ventless design, they can be installed almost anywhere within minutes.

Installation will vary depending on the type of ethanol fireplace you purchase. Some ethanol fireplaces come ready for use straight out of the box while others require some simple assembly before they’re ready to go. Ethanol fireboxes typically require the most work in terms of installation, although they can often still be installed in under an hour. Always be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Certification is imperative when installing an ethanol fireplace in your home, as insurance companies will not cover a claim if the fireplace is not certified.

After your easy installation, your ethanol fireplace should be good to go!

Types of Ethanol Fireplaces

The Bio Flame offers a wide range of modern ethanol fireplace products to suit your unique needs and design preferences.

Wall Mounted Ethanol Fireplaces

A wall-mounted ethanol fireplace behind a bathtub

The popularity of wall-mounted fireplaces is continually increasing with homeowners and businesses alike. They provide a very contemporary aesthetic and help save interior space. These fireplaces can also be mounted on your wall in as few as 15 minutes.

Ethanol Burners

An ethanol burner on top of a table

Ethanol burners offer the most flexibility of any bioethanol fireplace product. They don’t require venting or connections and come in different sizes to suit your needs. These burners are the perfect solution if you’re looking to create the custom fireplace of your dreams.

Bio Flame also offers custom burners. We’ll work with you to ensure the manufacturing specifications of your ethanol burner are up to your standards.

SMART Ethanol Burners

SMART fireplaces have all the benefits of the ethanol burners above, with a huge bonus: you can use your phone, Google Home or Amazon Alexa to operate the burner easily and conveniently. You can easily turn your fireplace on and off from the comfort of your couch.

Ethanol Fireboxes

An ethanol firebox in a brick fireplace

These are perfect if you already have a fireplace in your home or business that you’d like to convert into an ethanol fireplace. No professional help is required!

You can also install fireboxes inside other features in your home. The possibilities are endless!

Free Standing Ethanol Fireplaces

A free standing ethanol fireplace

Since they are free standing and don’t require any hookups or ventilation, you can do pretty much anything with these fireplaces. They can be used for both indoor and outdoor use and they also offer a modern touch to any living space. Free standing fireplaces are a stunning centerpiece that all your visitors are sure to remember.

Why Ethanol Fireplaces are Better than the Alternatives

Bio-ethanol fireplaces are an easy and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional wood-burning or natural gas fireplaces. They offer a clean burn, bringing warmth and ambiance to any space.

The flames are real and offer a competitive heat output minus the mess – no ash or soot to deal with!

Gel fuel is likely the next best alternative but its heat output is much lower so if you’re wanting a fireplace to help you stay warm in addition to aesthetics, ethanol fireplaces are the best choice for you!

Bio Flame Can Help You Choose the Perfect Ethanol Fireplace

Bio Flame offers a line of ethanol fireplaces requiring no venting, gas lines, plug-ins or outlets, and with few other design limitations, if any. They have minimal environmental impact and are an innovative way to heat your home or business.

Additionally, Bio Flame is the only UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and ULC (Underwriter Laboratories of Canada) certified ethanol fireplace company in Canada and the USA. These certifications ensure that our products have passed rigorous testing and exceed globally recognized safety standards so you can have peace of mind when installing our ethanol burners in your home.

ULC marks

If you’re at all interested in an ethanol fireplace, Bio Flame is the way to go.

Contact us today!

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About The Bio Flame
Since 2007 The Bio Flame has been creating unique, eco-friendly, ethanol fireplaces. Bio Flame designers and engineers have continued to set the highest standards of bio ethanol burning fireplaces in the industry with custom designs and record breaking innovations. The Bio Flame has gained great popularity amongst homebuilders, hotels/resorts and designers.
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