Bio Ethanol Fireplace Explained, Operation and Use

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 on a patio or terrace for decorative purposes, which uses a bio fuel source to generate heat. There is a real flame associated with the heat that is generated by a bio ethanol fireplace, and this means that special safety conditions need to be observed when using this style of fireplace.

Bio Ethanol Fuel Operation and Use Explained

The bio ethanol 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 Operation 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, hoiw they are used and the operation. 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 Bio Ethanol Burner

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

Fireplace Ventilation Requirements : 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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Bio-Ethanol Fireplace Technical Pages

Read our technical guides listed below for more help choosing an bioethanol fireplace for your home. The best advice is to read the manufacturers installation and operation instructions that are supplied with the bioethanol fireplace or gel fire before you start to use it and before you start handling the fuel. Bioethanol fires and gel burners are a great way to add heat and a living flame to a property. Buy following some common safety procedures you will get the best performance and use out of your fireplace product. Here are a selection of technical pages discussing the operation and use of bio ethanol fires, use the link in the top menu for the full list.

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