Bioethanol fuel, or bio gel fuel, is a form of renewable energy as it is made from natural ingredients. Bio-ethanol fireplace fuel is actually called ethyl alcohol, the same type of alcohol that is found in beer, wine and spirits, basically all alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is highly flammable therefore bio ethanol fireplace safety and gel fire safety is an important concern when you buy bio ethanol fuel, or buy gel fuel, including handling and storage.
Bio-Ethanol Fireplace Fuel Explained
In its purest form it is 100% alcohol, however the proof rating in the bottles of bio-ethanol fuel purchased for fireplaces is typically around 96%. The missing 4% is additives which are blended with the alcohol to discourage it from being used as a recreational drink. As stated above Bioethanol fuel is highly flammable which when lit, has a real flame, and gives off heat.
Bio ethanol fuel has many uses, not just in fireplaces. In fact, it is mainly used as an additive to motoring fuels to reduce the reliance on carbon fuels. Ethanol-blended motor fuel is widely used in Brazil, the United States, and Europe. Petrol pumps in the US quote 10% ethanol is blended with the petroleum fuel. Ethanol is commonly made from the fermentation of biomass such as corn, sugarcane, hemp, sugarcane, potato and cassava.
Bio Ethanol Fuel v Gel Fuel
There is a difference between Bio-Ethanol Fireplace Fuel and Gel Fuel. The obvious difference is the viscosity of the product. Bio ethanol is a liquid, which means it is easy to pour, and unless care is taken, spill. Gel fire fuel is thick with a viscosity similar to a syrup. The quality of how the fuel burns is also different. To find out more read our Guide to The Difference Between Bio Ethanol Fuel and Gel Fuel.
Is Bioethanol Fuel Clean Burning?
When bio ethanol fuel is used within an bio ethanol fireplace burner and ignited it will burn with a clean flame when compared to fuels like natural gas, LPG, coal or wood. These carbon based fuels will most likely require a chimney to remove the harmful emissions (CO, CO2, NOx etc) to the outside.
Each type of fuel that is burnt has varying amounts of emissions and the volume of these emissions depends on the fire design, the fuel type and size of burner. When burning bio-ethanol fireplace fuel the emissions are very small and this is why a chimney is not required, making them a flueless fire, as they are sometimes called.
Bio-ethanol fireplace fuel when compared to carbon fuels burn very cleanly however as with all flames there are still some emissions given off. The volume of these emissions are generally very small however, the larger the bioethanol burner the higher the emissions that are generated will be. Another bi-product of burning bio ethanol fuel is water vapour.
Taking the comments above into account it is good practice when using a bio ethanol fireplace to have some form of fresh air ventilation coming into the room where the burner is. This could be a small permanent air vent or an open window in the room. This will keep the air fresh and dilute the effects of the minimal emissions. Read our Guide to Ventilation for Bio-Ethanol Fireplaces
Safety – Handling and Storing Fuel
If burning any type of fuel in a property it is always a good practice to buy a carbon monoxide detector, these are relatively cheap to buy. You should also consider where you will safely store the bioethanol fuel bottles or gel fuel cans for your fireplace.
Buy Bio Ethanol Fuel Bottles Online
Use the links shown below to buy bio ethanol fireplace fuel online. Buying online in bulk can lead to significant savings however also consider where you will safely store the fuel once it is delivered to your home.
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 help guides. See the full list in the main menu above.
- Ventilation for Bioethanol Fireplace and Gel Burner Fires
- Installation Guide for Wall Mounted Bio Ethanol Fireplace Designs
- Guide to Choosing a Bio-Ethanol Fireplace
- Guide to Choosing a Bio-Ethanol Burner Tray Insert Firebox
- Guide to Ceramic Wool Sponge Use in a Bioethanol Burner
- Guide to Buying an Outdoor Bio Ethanol Fireplace or Gel Burner
- Guide to Buying a Table Top Bio Ethanol Fire
- Guide to Bioethanol Fireplace Running Costs
- Guide to Adding Pebbles to a Bio-ethanol Fireplace
- Gel Burners and Gel Fuel Cans – Buying Guide
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