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Guide to Adding Pebbles to a Bio-ethanol Fireplace

Care should be taken when adding aftermarket pebbles, coals etc to a bio-ethanol fire. Before buying or adding anything to the fire which affects the flame you should contact the manufacturer of the bio-ethanol fireplace to get their advice on if the fireplace is suitable for this type of decoration. Adding pebbles to a bio-ethanol fireplace causes to areas of concern, the affect they have on the quality of the flame and if they are able to displaced from the fireplace.

Adding Pebbles to a Bio-ethanol Fireplace

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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 minimum ventilation is that the ethanol burns very cleanly. All fireplaces with real flames give off emissions like CO, CO2, NOx etc. This is why when burning carbon fuels like natural gas, LPG, Wood or Coal a chimney or flue is required to draw these emissions away to the outside.

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 relatively safe.

Buying imitation Pebbles, Coals etc

There are many styles of decoration available on the internet and these are made from different types of material. 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 and used.

Examples of Decorative Pebbles, Coals etc

Some decoration is actual stone chippings or pebbles others are manufactured from fibre compounds and then painted. 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.

Examples of Decorative Pebbles, Coals etc

Bio-ethanol fireplaces are a secondary heat source and are a mainly decorative product chosen to add style to a room. When choosing a bio ethanol fireplace there are certain considerations that must be observed like fuel handling and storage, light and extinguishing the flame and any ventilation requirements. 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.

Examples of Decorative Pebbles, Coals etc

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 advice is to ensure they are placed around the flame but not actually touching it. The pebbles should also be placed in a way that ensures they cannot roll off the fire onto the floor. 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.

Examples of Decorative Pebbles, Coals etc

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