Bio-Ethanol Fireplace Explained, Operation and Use

A bio-ethanol fireplace (also called a bio fireplace or ethanol fire) can be used as a secondary heat source in a property, or outdoors for decorative purposes, which uses a bio fuel source to generate heat. There is a real flame associated with the heat that is generated, and this means that special safety conditions need to be observed when using this style of fireplace.

Bio-ethanol Fuel Explained

The bioethanol fuel is denatured alcohol, similar to the type of alcohol in alcoholic drinks but with a very high concentration, approximately 96%. The alcohol has an additive mixed in to make it bad-tasting or nauseating to discourage recreational consumption.

The main advantages of this style of fireplace is that it can be used in a room without a chimney making it suitable for modern properties or old properties where the chimney cannot be used.

The main part of any bio-ethanol fireplace is the bioethanol burner that is used to store and burn the fuel. Some bio-burners can be used with either bioethanol fuel or gel fuel. These fuels are very different in how they look, perform and are used. Read our guide to the different types of bio-fuels. Due to the fuel being highly flammable the handling and storage of bioethanol fuel is very important safety factor and must be approached with care.

Bio-ethanol Burner Explained

There are many styles, shapes and sizes of bio-ethanol burner, here we will just give a summary of the main functions of the burner. read our full guide to choosing a bio-ethanol burner for more in-depth information. The simplest form of bio-ethanol burner is a round can with a lid.

The can is filled with fuel, lit by a match and the fuel will burn with a flame. To snuff out the flame the lid is simply placed over the top starving the burner of oxygen and putting the flame out. In fact, there are many bio-ethanol fireplaces on the market that have a very simple burner like that.

Most contemporary bio-ethanol fireplaces that will be used in a home have a rectangular burner box with a slot that produces a ribbon of flame.

Operation of the Bioethanol Burner

Purline Bio-Ethanol Fireplace Oniros
Purline Bio-Ethanol Fireplace Oniros

First, read the instructions supplied with the bioethanol fire and understand what the manufacturer says about the safe operation of their particular fire. Here I will explain generally what is involved. The fuel is typically stored in 1 litre bottles. To operate the burner the fuel must be safely placed into the burner taking care not to overfill or spill any of the fuel.

Using a funnel to transfer from bottle to the burner is a good idea. Once the fuel is within the burner, using the flame from a long match or lighter, standing at a safe distance, touch the top of the fuel and it will ignite the fuel in the burner. Typically, it can take a few minutes for the fuel to generate a nice flame.

Depending on the burner design, there will be some form of lid that is used to snuff out the flame. This can be a separate lid or sometimes a sliding lid that must be operated using a handle supplied with the fire. The lid should extinguish the flame quickly if it has been designed correctly. If there are issues extinguishing the flame it is best to allow the fuel to burn out then do not use the burner until the manufacturer has been contacted regarding the fault.

Important Points to Consider

Ventilation : The fuel, when burned gives off moisture, the amount depends on the size of burner and how long it is alight. Therefore to avoid condensation fresh air is required, this can be in the form of a fixed air vent or by simply opening a window. Read our Guide to Ventilation for Bio-Ethanol Fireplaces.

Safety :  The fuel is flammable and the flame can cause serious injury if safety is not respected. Make sure you read the manufacturers instructions on installing and using the bio ethanol fire.

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