Converting a Traditional Fireplace to Bioethanol Fuel

Converting a Traditional Fireplace to Bioethanol Fuel - Bio Fires - Roma II Bio Fireplace

There are a number of bioethanol fireplace manufacturers who have created designs that emulate a traditional fireplace styling. A traditional fireplace being an open flamed fireplace that needs a chimney, burns wood, coal or gas, and has a fire surround. The traditional fire surround would be made of wood or stone. Despite modern homes being built without a chimney this style of fireplace is still popular with some home owners as it fits in with the décor style of the property. For instance an ultra modern bioethanol fire may look out of place in a traditionally styled home like an old farmhouse.

Traditional Bioethanol Fireplace Choices

When burning coal, wood or gas there must be a chimney, or flue system, to remove the harmful emissions generated when the fuel is burnt. The downside of a chimney, when used as part of an open flame fire is that it opens a door from the home to the outside. Any other heat generated in the home will be drawn outside via the chimney. Modern homes have central heating, if you have an open chimney then this heat is being taken away, making the home inefficient. Hence, why modern homes are built without a chimney, but that does not mean you cannot have a fireplace in a modern home or apartment. A traditional style bioethanol fireplace does not need a chimney as it is designed to use a biofuel burner using bioethanol fuel, which is a clean, sustainable, biofuel source.

If a home has an old style fire it may be possible to convert it to use bioethanol fuel. When looking to buy a traditional bioethanol fireplace design there are two routes that you can go down depending on your current situation. For instance here are the typical scenarios that may apply to you.

Adding a Traditional Bioethanol Fireplace to a Home Without a Chimney.

If you have a modern home with no chimney or fireplace then there are a number of options to consider if you want to install a focalpoint fireplace design in your hone to provide secondary heat and to complement your interior design choices. As there is no chimney there is most likely no chimney breast so your choice of traditional style bioethanol fireplace will be driven by where you intend to install the fire and the amount of building work that needs tio be done. In this case my choice would be a wall mounted traditional bio ethenol fire that needs very limited installation work. A number of bioethanol fireplace companies manufacture this style of bio fire. These are popular in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. An example of this is shown below, this traditional bio-ethanol fireplace is a self contained unit mounted onto the wall. This is the link to the fireplace –Kratki Traditional Bio-Ethanol Fireplace Design – White

Kratki November traditional bioethanol fireplace
Kratki November traditional bioethanol fireplace

Converting an Existing Traditional Fireplace to Bioethanol Fuel Burner.

If your home already has a chimney and an open flame fire there are a number of routes to go down and they can be either easy or difficult, and costly.

These are your options:

Simple Fire Grate Option

Use your existing fireplace as it is, engage a gas engineer or builder to remove the gas/coal/wood burner and add a simple bioethanol fire grate burner design into the space. This does not solve the problem of the chimney taking heat away from you home 24 hours a day but it does mean you can benefit from a clean burning fuel source. Below is an example of a good quality traditional fire grate bioethanol burner. There is also the option to use a bioethanol stove burner design which also adds a traditional touch.

(Note, before removing an existing gas burner you will need to consult a trained gas engineer to do the work to make the gas safe)

Block Chimney and Fire Grate Option

This is the same as above however you will need to consult a builder or flue expert on how you cap off the chimney and make it safe. This will mean your home is sealed and heat that your central heating generates stays in you home, reducing your fuel bills overall and making your home more efficient. Again a bioethanol wood burning stove design would also work.

Bio Ethanol Fire Grate Burner Design
Bio Ethanol Fire Grate Burner Design


The choice of fire grate will be decided on the dimensions of your existing fireplace. Visit our page showing many Bio-ethanol Fire Grate Burner designs that are available.

Some example of Traditional Bioethanol Fireplace Designs

More Bio-Ethanol Fireplace Technical Pages

Read our technical guides listed below for more help choosing an bio-ethanol fireplace for your home. The best advice is to read the manufacturers installation and operation instructions before you start handling the bio-ethanol fuel or using the bio-ethanol fire.