Guide to Choosing a Bio-Ethanol Burner Tray Insert Firebox

Welcome to our Guide to Choosing a Bio-Ethanol Burner Tray Insert Firebox. This is for buying just the burner tray, or firebox, that will be sued within a self made combustion chamber. It could also be used to convert an existing fireplace that runs of fossil fuel like gas, wood or coal – to a sustainable energy source – bioethanol fuel. If you are unsure about the properties of clean burning bio-ethanol fuel then you can read our guide to this type of fuel. Bioethanol burner trays are popular as they are seen as an easy way to add a fireplace, or secondary heat source, to a room. However there are many considerations that need to the thought through before buying just a bioethanol burner tray. In most instances I would always advise buying a complete bioethanol fireplace design as apposed to making your own, unless you are a qualified engineer or fireplace designer. The burner shown above is a 930mm bioethanol ribbon burner.

There are many different standard bioethanol fireplace designs to consider like wall mounted bioethanol fires, traditional styled bioethanol fires, bioethanol stove designs, freestanding bioethanol fires and even tabletop bioethanol burners. There are also a number of bioethanol garden fireplace designs to consider if that is where you intend to use the bioethanol fire.


Guide to Choosing a Bio-Ethanol Burner Tray Insert Firebox

If you have decided you want to buy just a bioethanol burner tray insert and create your own fireplace then this page will give you some indication of some points to consider when choosing a bio-ethanol burner tray. Buying a separate bio-ethanol burner may appear a cheaper option or a way to quickly create a DIY fireplace however when choosing a bio-ethanol burner there are important safety issues to consider. The first step should always be to read the manufacturers instructions that are supplied with the bioethanol fireplace burner as that will give you the required information on what is required in terms of designing a combustion chamber and the required clearances to combustible materials

Choosing a Bio-Ethanol Burner Tray Insert – Safety First

There are many styles of bio ethanol burner tray insert on the market, from small 1L burner trays that are about 300mm wide to large 2000mm wide fully remote control bioethanol burners. The price range for these can be from £50 to £5000, however like everything in life, you get what you pay for. The type of bioethanol burner you will buy will be dictated by where it will be installed and how you intend to use it. If it is upgrading an existing fireplace some safety features may already exist.

These are some safety features regarding bioethanol fireplaces that you need consider:

  • Combustion Chamber – the bioethanol burner tray insert needs to be installed within a combustion chamber that provides safe clearances to combustible materials. The size, shape and materials used for this combustion chamber is a job for a fireplace designer, however the manufacturer may also supply this information. If in doubt ask. If you are converting an old fossil fuel fireplace to bioethanol then the majority of the work will already be done however it still needs to be checked over and made safe before the new burner is fitted.
  • Spillage Tray – When filling the bio ethanol burner there is always a chance that some fuel may be lost under the burner. If this is able to go under the burner into a void or space there is a chance it will ignite when the burner is lit. Depending on what that void is made of it could be a fire risk. The expensive bioethanol burner trays tend to include a spillage tray that the burner sits inside to collect this lost fuel. Cheap models do not therefore you will need to buy one or get one made.
  • Flame Shut Off – When the bio ethanol burner is alight there has to be a way to shut off the flame. This is normally a lid which is placed over the flame cutting off the oxygen and snuffing out the flame. There are different styles of bio ethanol flame cut off devices that have been created by manufacturers. From a simple lid with a handle to fully sliding lids. Again the quality of the burner will dictate the quality of the type of shut off device that is being used.
  • Bioethanol Burner Ceramic Sponge – With expensive bioethanol burners they will most likely say in the technical literature that the burner includes bioethanol burner ceramic sponge. This is a special type of wool matting that is placed inside the burner to reduce spillages, increase the fuel running time and stabalise the flame. Cheap burners will most likely not have it so you should consider buying bioethanol ceramic wool matting and fitting it to the burner.

Buy a Bio-Ethanol Burner Tray Insert Firebox

Listed below are some example of bioethanol burner tray inserts that are available to buy online from different suppliers. Click on the link to be taken to a page where you can read the technical specification and place your order. We have separate pages that show some of the larger bioethanol burner trays like the 930mm bioethanol ribbon burner and the remote control bioethanol burners. Use these links to find out more about these higher spec products.

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Installation of the Bio Ethanol Burner

There are many ways that a bio ethanol burner can be installed and used so I cannot go into all of them here but the biggest consideration must always be safety.

  • Fuel should not be able to be spilt.
  • There should be safe clearance distances to combustible materials, for instance things like curtains should not be able to blow around the flame.
  • There should be a safety tray to catch spilt fuel
  • There should be a safe way to shut off the flame.
  • The bio ethanol burner should be made a high quality material that will not degrade with the heat or start to rust.

More Styles of Bio-Ethanol Fireplace

If the thought of buying, building and installing your own bioethanol fireplace seems like it could be too much trouble you should consider buying a fully designed bioethanol package. In my experience you will end up with more or less what you wanted for a lot cheaper, a lot more safer and with a lot less hassle. You can buy a fully working wall hung bioethanol fire starting from around £100. Review the links below to choose the bioethanol fireplace style which suits your requirements.

Suppliers of Bio-Ethanol Fireplace

We have selected some of the best bioethanol fireplace designer, manufacturers and suppliers from across Europe and listed these below. Click on a link to find the most suitable for you. If you are looking for expensive and high specification check out Planika bioethanol fires, if you a want a well made and reasonably priced bioethanol product check out Kratki bioethanol fires. All the others are listed below. Check out as many as you can.

More Bio-Ethanol Fireplace Technical Pages

We have written some more technical help guides regarding bioethanol and gel fires, these are shown below.

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