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Info About Ethanol Fireplaces

November 12, 2018
Bio-ethanol fires are increasing in popularity throughout the UK. The same goes for countries throughout the EU. The tech is still relatively new, and many agree that people buy such products for their looks more than their ability to heat areas.
 
As of now, there is tremendous growth potential with bio-ethanol fires. For now, many people still use underfloor heating systems and radiators. However, such systems really don't have character.
 
Furthermore, many women are fans of bio-ethanol fires because they find that it is the perfect object to serve as a focal point of their living rooms. If they want to stare at something other than the television, they can stare at the fire. Best of all, they don't have to clean up after lighting logs or using coal.
 
Bio-Ethanol Fires: How Well Do They Heat Rooms
A lot of people believe these products serve only as decorative purposes and don't produce enough heat, but many fires can heat up a modest-sized room quite easily. If you need to heat another room, then put the central heating on. Regardless, bio-ethanol fires do look good and are usually enough to heat up an average sized room.
 
Are They Green
Bio-ethanol is derived from alcohol and it is plant-based, and it is typically produced via fermenting sugar beet. However, it can be produced from sugar cane, cereals, potatoes and even bananas. The crops it comes from are sustainable, therefore there is energy that is used during its production.
 
A lot of the fuel comes from Scandinavia and it is biodegradable. Since no chimney is used or flue is required, these fires can be counted as being 100% efficient. The same goes for the heat that is sent to the room it is heating up.
 
How About The Fuel
The fuel is in the form of liquid and it's purchase in containers on between a litre to 40 litres. You cannot drink it and it can poison you. Furthermore, small bottles tend to be simpler to use, which is why many companies send litre bottles of fuel instead of large containers of it.
 
If you use the fuel for fires, make sure you don't use 96.6 percent or higher. This is because it can overheat. In short, stay away from bio-ethanol that has been formulated to be used for vehicles.
 
Do They Produce Pollution
It does produce a very small amount of vapour and carbon dioxide, but the amounts are so low that they are counted for purposes such as not requiring venting for outside. Every now and then you might smell a bit of fuel but only when it's lit, and this odour will be similar to what a candle smells like. If you get tabletop fireplaces, make sure it goes in a room that has decent ventilation. Do not place it inside a room that has no windows or tiny rooms with no form of ventilation.
 
Type Of Fitting They Need
One of the best things about bio-ethanol fires is you don't need to install ventilation, flues and they don't need a chimney, so they can be installed pretty much anywhere. Best of all, you don't need a fitter and you can relocate them outside if you want to provide your patio area with heat. In short, bio-ethanol fires are versatile and can be used in virtually any kind of room.
 
Are They Hard To Use
Most fireplaces don't have large burners and you only need to refill them after a few hours, but some can burn fuel for over 8 hours. Make sure you don't refill the fuel when the fire is still on or while it's still hot because you could burn yourself, so wait for at least 20 minutes after you have turned the fire off or it has run out of fuel before refilling it. It's also worth pointing out that you don't have to clean them because it's not required.
 
As for cost, it is cheap to run bio-ethanol fuel. Purchasing fuel in bulk is cheaper. Generally speaking, it can cost around £1 per hour to run the fire. This is affordable, especially when compared to other forms of heating.
 

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