If you are considering buying some decorative stones, ceramic fireplace pebbles or even logs for your bioethanol fire then first you should consider how they affect the flame and emissions that are given off by the fire. Only buy a fireplace pebbles product which the supplier advertises for use with a bioethanol fire. You should also read the literature that the supplier provides to ensure you know how to, and where to, place the stones in the bio ethanol fireplace to ensure it is safe. Adding pebbles to a bio ethanol fireplace can be desirable as it removes the starkness of the stainless steel bio ethanol burner tray however it is not as straightforward as it may seem. The reason a bio-ethanol fire can be used in a room without a chimney and with the minimum amount of ventilation is that the ethanol fuel burns very cleanly.
All fireplaces that burn fossil fuel give off emissions this is why when burning carbon fuels like natural gas, LPG, Wood or Coal a chimney or flue system is required in the home to to draw these emissions away to the fresh outside air. When the fuel source is alcohol based the emission values are minimal and any additional air that is entering the room via ventilation dilutes these emission further making the fire safe. However, when you place ceramic fireplace pebbles into the flame it will affect the quality of the flame and increase the emissions.
Fireplace Pebbles, Ceramic Pebbles for Bioethanol Fires
We have selected below a number of products which are advertised online for use with fireplaces however you should check the technical description to confirm that it is suitable for use on a bioethanol fireplace before buying. You should also contact the manufacturer of the bio-ethanol fireplace to get their advice on if the fireplace is suitable for this type of decoration.
Guide to Adding Fireplace Pebbles, Ceramic Pebbles to a Bioethanol Fire
Care should be taken when adding aftermarket fireplace pebbles, coals, stones etc to a bio-ethanol fire. Adding pebbles to a bio-ethanol fireplace causes two areas of concern, the affect they have on the quality of the flame and if they are able to displaced from the fireplace, for example roll off when hot and burn someone or start a fire. There are many styles of fireplace decoration available on the internet and these are made from different types of materials, some are ceramic that are moulded from fibre compounds and then painted in various colours, others are actual stones that have been polished and washed. Some may be safer than others therefore if you are considering adding pebbles to a bio ethanol fireplace check with the pebble supplier before buying to ensure that they endorse the use of their product on a bio ethanol fireplace. You should also get instructions from them on how the decoration should be installed around the burner and how they are used. If decorative pebbles, coals etc are added to a bio-ethanol fireplace burner and come in direct contact with the flame the emissions that are given off by the burner will be increased and in certain environments be potentially harmful. The volume of these emissions is governed by the size of the flame and burner, the bigger the burner the higher the emissions.
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The real stones are safer than the painted ceramic mouldings, they also look better, more realistic. When you use the ceramic pebbles, in a bioethanol or gel fire, they should be placed in a way that they look visually nice from the front however they do not actually touch the flame or impede the flame slot so you can shut off the fire. This should be easy to achieve with some design consideration. There should be a glass screen or barrier on the fire that ensures that the pebbles, or stones, cannot roll off the burner. By taking care on the positioning it should be possible to make the the fire continue to burn very cleanly and as the manufacturer designed the fire to operate. Bio-ethanol fireplaces are a secondary heat source and are a mainly decorative heating product chosen to add style to a room. When choosing a bio ethanol fireplace there are certain safety considerations that must be observed like fuel handling and storage, lighting and extinguishing the flame and the ventilation requirements for bioethanol fires.
Before using a bio ethanol fire read the manufacturers instructions to become aware of the safety requirements of the fire. Included in the booklet the manufacturer may indicate if pebbles can or cannot be used with the fireplace. If in doubt you should always read the manufacturers instructions which were delivered with the fire or contact the manufacturer and ask if they advise using pebbles with the product before ordering. If deciding to add pebbles to a burner which was not supplied with the product then ensure they are placed around the flame, but not actually touching it, you can still refil, light and extinguish the flame, and ensure they cannot fall off the fire.
Different Styles of Flueless Bioethanol Fireplaces
Some bioethanol fireplace manufacturers supply full fireplaces which include the stones, for safety it may be wise to check out those first. Also, look at the bioethanol fireplace price reduction pages to see if any bio fires with pebbles are on special offer.
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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.