How Does an Ethanol Fireplace Work?

How Does an Ethanol Fireplace Work?

There are many ways to put on a show, but you don’t have to go broke to pull it off. If you’ve been thinking about some innovative ways to design your home, keep it warm, show it off to the whole neighborhood, and go green at the same time, then you’ll certainly find that all of the signs point in the same direction: an Ethanol fireplace.

Having a fireplace at home has always been one of the coolest ideas in home design, but it’s often been associated with a lot of installation and operational costs. Another huge drawback of traditional fireplaces is the amount of pollution you pump into the environment; all of the fumes and carbon emissions are a serious environmental hazard.

And so came the invention of the Ethanol fireplace to solve all of these issues, while adding some extra cool factors into the design game.

What’s an Ethanol Fireplace?

An Ethanol Fireplace, also referred to as Bio-Ethanol Fireplace, is a fireplace that burns ethanol for fuel instead of wood. The result is a fire that is strong enough to heat up your living room, or any other room for the matter, while producing very little carbon dioxide and water as byproducts. This means that you won’t have to worry about any ashes, soot, or smoke. You won’t even have to ventilate the room, perhaps only open the windows for a couple of minutes in case of a small room.


There are two different types of ethanol fireplaces: wall-mounted and free standing ethanol fireplaces. Wall-mounted fireplaces can be hung on the wall, as their name indicates, and can need as little as a wall mount similar to that of flat-screen LCDs. The freestanding ones are also very simple to install; you can choose any area in your living room that goes well with your room’s design to place it.  In either case, the only precautionary  measure is to keep a safe distance of 1 meter around the ethanol fireplace.

How does an Ethanol Fireplace work?

They also come with extreme ease of operation. You pour the ethanol fluid into the burner, and then use a stove lighter to light up the flames. While it might not be the best option for outdoor heating, as the heat generated won’t be strong enough, it’s a great choice for quickly warming up your indoor living area. And in a matter of 4 to 5 hours, the fire fades away. You can always add on more fuel for more fire, or just slide the lid over to turn off the flames. It’s that simple to operate.

Why you should use an Ethanol Fireplace

If the ease of installation and use isn’t enough reason for you to get an ethanol fireplace right away, we have more reasons to tempt you:

  • As previously mentioned, not only does the ethanol fireplace provides an elegant and modern look to your house, it’s also cool.
  • It can heat up an area of 3 up to 40 square meters with great efficiency.
  • It’s a great fuel alternative to wood; being renewable, environmentally-friendly, and without any smoke or smell.
  • It’s much cheaper than installing an actual chimney.
  • It’s very safe to use and operate.

Thanks to technology, we can enjoy the vintage feel of having a fireplace at home in the most modern and sophisticated looks. With minimal installation and operational costs and almost no technical expertise needed, you can place the fireplace and light it up, or shut it off, at will. The ethanol fireplace is extremely safe to use, so you won’t have to go for any extra measures to enjoy the warmth and look of a real fire. The best of it all (after being cool, of course) is that it’s very environmentally friendly. Who knew going green was so great!

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