Guide to Choosing a Bio-Ethanol Fireplace

There are a number of factors which need to be considered when choosing a bio-ethanol fireplace, we have listed some of these below, also check out our other bioethanol fires technical pages for more information on the various factor affecting this unique style of fireplace.

Guide to Choosing a Bio-Ethanol Fireplace

It should be noted that bio-ethanol fireplaces are not suitable all locations and users. Read the guide notes below to find out more.

Heat Output :

The bigger the slot in the bioethanol 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 much wider burner will increase this heat output for instance a 1m wide bioethanol fire insert burner could give out anything up to 10Kw in heat which may be too much heat for the room. The size of room should increase with the size of burner. The manufacturer should be able to quote a heat output figure when you inquire about their products.

Design Style :

There are many design styles to choose from from small to very large. Have a clear idea of the style you want to buy and why you are buying it. For instance a freestanding model can be portable and used in different places in the home. A fixed, built-in or wall mounted fires are part of an overall room design and may have a clean letterbox style or have a metal fascia. There are many different finishes available from powder coated colours like white, black and red to metal finishes like stainless steel. Choose a finish which compliments the room it will be used in. Another important choice on style is if you need a contemporary look or traditional look for your room. If you home is very traditional in decor then a modern contemporary fireplace may look out of place.

Using, Storing and Handling the Fuel :

Bio-ethanol Fuel is a highly flammable liquid and great care should be the handling and storage of the fuel. Read our guide to using the fuel. Because the burner tray must be filled and lit the process must be done safely. There are also different types of fuel, mainly bioethanol and gel, these are very different and the correct fuel must be used in the burner. Read our guide to the differences between the fuels. 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.

Brand :

As with all things the cheaper that something is sold in relation to comparable products shows that there will be less technology and cost invested in the manufacture. This may mean that a cheap product does not last long or performs poorly, or worse, could be unsafe. Buying a well known brand with a good online reputation should be an early consideration. We have listed some of the better known brands on our web site.

Accessories :

Some models are offered with 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.

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.

Ventilation :

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. Take some time to read our a Guide to Bio-Ethanol Fire Ventilation Requirements.

Installation : 

Depending on the model chosen there may be installation considerations to factor in to the overall cost. The burner or fireplace may require installation into a fireplace opening or void. The choice of position may be dictated by an existing fireplace opening however in some instances a completely new opening will be required to be built.

This will involve building work and the use of non-combustible materials. If the fireplace is wall mounted the wall should be of a construction type to ensure it can safely take the weight of the fire. Above all the final position of the fireplace must be chosen to ensure that it operates safely like ensuring there are safe clearances to combustible materials like soft furnishings, curtains etc.

The products available on the market cover a wide range of design styles and installation methods and the supplier should be able to give guidance pre-sale on how to safely install and use the product. Be sure to also read the instructions supplied by the manufacturer before installing and using a bio-ethanol fireplace.

Running Costs : 

Bioethanol fuel is sold per litre and ranges in price from £3/litre upwards. The cost of running the bioethanol fire will depend on the size of the burner (width of flame), how well the burner is designed (eg does it include fuel saving devices) and the environment it will be used in.

Any reputable manufacturer will have done trials and tests on their products and will be able to quote a running cost per hour for the burner tray. Above all, if the wrong product is chosen it could end up costing a lot of money to use it. For example a burner which has a capacity of 3 Litres and burn rate of 1 litre per hour will cost you £9 or more to have it on for 3 hours. Read the guide to bioethanol fireplace running costs.

Choosing the right Bioethanol Burner :

Bio-Ethanol Burner Trays, Firebox Inserts are available in a wide range of sizes and are available from a number of suppliers. When the right burner is chosen and the installation is done correctly the final fireplace design can be stunning and add considerable value to a property. Choosing the right size of burner and how it will be installed and used is critical. A wider ribbon of flame will give out a lot of heat.

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 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.

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