Bio-Ethanol Ribbon Burners have a slot in the bio burner that creates a dancing ribbon of flame. Ethanol ribbon burners have a long, wide, ribbon of flame and are typically over 1000mm wide. Most manufacturers make various sizes like 1m, 1.2m and all the way up to 2m wide. Bioethanol ribbon burners are available from a number of suppliers with both manual lighting and remote control bioethanol fires on the market. When the right size bioethanol ribbon burner is chosen and the installation is done professionally the final ribbon fireplace design can be stunning and add considerable value to a property.
Bio-Ethanol Ribbon Burners for DIY Fire Design
Making the right choice of bioethanol ribbon burner for the room in which it will be installed is critical. It shpould be noted that a wide ribbon of flame will give out a lot of heat. If you are unsure of what this means read our guide notes at the bottom of the page. In my opinion if choosing a wide ribbon burner then the room in which it will be used must be very large. If you buy a 1m wide ribbon burner and install this in a room that has a small volume like 60m3 you will soon realise that the heat that is given off will be too much. Meaning the fire will not be used very often, becoming a waste of money.
An important factor to consider when buying a bio-ethanol burner is the safety aspects of when the burner will be installed, the safety tray that will be used (some manufacturers supply a safety tray with the ribbon burner, with others it is an optional extra. How the user will be protected from the flame, again some manufacturers supply the glass panels with the burner. The method for shutting off the flame should be considered also.
The bioethanol ribbon burner may require installation into a fireplace opening or void. This will involve building work and the use of non-combustible materials. The choice of position may be dictated by an existing fireplace opening however in some instances a completely new opening will be required. Above all the final position of the ribbon burner must be chosen to ensure there are safe clearances to combustible materials like soft furnishings, curtains etc.
The ribbon burner products available on the market cover a wide range of design styles and the supplier should be able to give guidance pre-sale on how to safely use the bioethanol ribbon burner. Be sure to also read the instructions supplied by the manufacturer before installing and using a bioethanol ribbon burner.
Below we have selected a number of bioethanol ribbon burners for you to consider. Click on the Buy Now button to be taken to a page where you can read the full technical specification, check the delivery costs and place your order for your new bio ethanol ribbon burner.
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More types of Bio-Ethanol Fireplaces
If a bio ethanol ribbon burner is not for you there are other design styles to consider. We have collected together all of the different types of bioethanol fireplace and listed these below. They styles are based on how the bioethanol fireplace will be used, how it is installed or on a specific design style. Also check out some of the most popular bioethanol fireplaces from our order history. You can see the full list of the different types of bio ethanol fireplace designs by using the top menu.
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Choosing the Right Bio-Ethanol Fireplace
When choosing a bioethanol fireplace for your home it is best to draw up a list of the criteria that you want to achieve once the fireplace is installed, typical criteria are :
- Bio Ethanol Fireplace Brand : As with all things the cheaper something is the less technology and cost that has been invested in the manufacture. This may mean that a cheap product with a cheap bioethanol fireplace insert does not last very long. Buying a recessed bio ethanol fireplace from a well known brand with a good online reputation will most likely save money in the long run. European companies like Kratki Fireplaces and Planika Fireplaces have good online reviews and the products must comply with European standards. Most European made bio ethanol fireplace models have TUV or CE approval ensuring they are built to safety standards. It is worth considering that a large number of very cheap bio ethanol fireplaces are mass produced in China.
- Bio Ethanol Burner Heat Output : The bigger the slot in the bioethanol ribbon burner insert the larger the flame and heat that will be given off – a typical bio ethanol fireplace insert that has a 300mm wide by 20mm deep slot will give off around 2Kw to 3Kw which is similar to adding a small radiator in to the room. Choosing a fireplace with a much wider burner slot will increase the heat output. For example a 1m, or 1000mm, wide bioethanol burner insert could give out up to 10Kw of heat. This will most likely be too much for a small room. A good quality bio ethanol fireplace manufacturer will provide heat output figures with the sale literature.
- Bio Ethanol Fireplace Design Style : There are many different design styles of bio ethanol fireplace to consider. From small tabletop ethanol or gel burners to wide contemporary designs with a dancing ribbon of flame. There are also bioethanol stove designs and remote control fires with automatic burners. When choosing a bio ethanol fireplace it is best to have a clear idea of the style and features you want to achieve. For example a freestanding ethanol fire model might also be portable and used in different places in the home. Fixed, built-in or wall mounted fires are part of a room design or style and may have a clean letterbox style or have a metal fascia. Some smaller models have a backing plate and glass screen giving a contemporary style while others have a fascia which can be in various finishes.
- Type of Bio Fuel : Bio-ethanol Fuel is different to Gel Fuel, bioethanol fuel tends to be clear and will be easily spilled like water, gel fuel, is mostly supplied in cans and has a very thick appearance, sometimes yellow or green in colour. It is my personal opinion that gel fuel should only be used outside in an outdoor fireplace. This is due to the emissions, or smoke, that can be given off when the gel burner begins to run out of fuel. Read our guide to bioethanol fuel.
- Accessories : Some bio ethanol and gel fire models are offered with extra features like a glass screen which gives some level of protection from the flame. You can also choose models with stones and pebbles as decoration however if choosing this option the decoration must be used as instructed by the manufacturer. For more information read our guide to adding pebbles to a bio ethanol fire.
- Bio Ethanol Fire Safety : There are safety considerations like storage of the bioethanol fuel, protection from the flame and handling of the fuel to consider if you have never used this style of fireplace before. Always read the manufacturers instructions supplied with the fireplace before using the fire.
- Fireplace Ventilation Requirements : When the bio-ethanol fuel is burned there is moisture given off, the bigger the burner and flame the more moisture. This will crate condensation on walls and windows unless proper ventilation is used. This can be in the form of a fixed free air vent or simply opening a window. Read our a Guide to Bio-Ethanol Fire Ventilation Requirements.
Why Change to a BioEthanol Fireplace?
There are number of positives to look at when considering your next fireplace purchase. Buying a Gas, Electric or Wood Burning fireplace from a retailer may involve complicated installation work that can be costly and, especially in the case of wood there are issues over storage of the fuel and the mess caused by the ash. Also, apart from the electric fire, a gas or wood burning fire will need a chimney, something that a lot of modern houses do not have. Did you know that bioethanol flueless fire designs do not need a chimney or flue system to be used? This means they are perfect for new, modern homes. They are also a great solution for older homes that have a faulty chimney that needs to be repaired. Or you may be looking to block up or remove an existing chimney to reduce your heating bills. Either way, flueless bioethanol fireplaces are a great, cost effective heating solution for a room where secondary heat is required. They are also good for the environment, unlike burning gas or coal. That is why it is best to look at the options and guides that are shown on the website before making a decision on your next fireplace purchase. Choose a flueless fire, or if you like a, no chimney fire, that uses clean burning bioethanol fuel.