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Guide to Using and Storing Bio-Ethanol Fuel

Guide to Using and Storing Bio-Ethanol Fuel

Safety First!

Bio-ethanol fireplaces are a relatively cheap to buy, easy to use and a quick way to introduce a secondary heat source in to a property. Overall they are decorative but they still have a live flame and give off heat. This means that great care is required when using the fireplace but consideration also needs to be given to storing the fuel. Bio-ethanol fireplace fuel is highly flammable and is supplied in liquid form in bottles from 1l to 10l in size. The bigger fuel bottles tend to be cheaper. Regardless of what brand of bio-ethanol fuel you are using or the size of bottle purchased great care needs to be observed when filling, lighting and extinguishing the fire. Depending on the volume of fuel purchased consideration needs to be given to where it will be stored safely.

Points to consider when using BioEthanol Fuel.

  • Read the manufacturers instructions that were supplied with the bio-ethanol fireplace that you have in your home as it should include guidance on how to fill, light and extinguish the burner. The manufacturer will also give you extra safety observations on handling and storing the fuel. If you do not have this document then it is best to contact the manufacturer and ask for a copy before using the fire.
  • Online it is possible to buy fuel in different volumes and also different bottle sizes. If buying fuel in volume to benefit from the savings that are available then consideration needs to be given to where it will be stored. The fuel is highly flammable so it is always best to store the fuel outside in a sealed container away from any sources of heat or where children may play.
  • When you are ready to use the bio-ethanol fire it is wise to only bring into the property the volume of fuel that you intend to use. Again, the manufacturer should give you guidance on the volume of fuel and how long it will burn for.
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  • When you are ready to use the fireplace it will involve filling the burner. Again, the manufacturers instructions will tell you how this should be done and how much to use. It is likely you will need to use a funnel to add fuel to avoid spillages.
  • If using very large bottle, like 10 litre, then you will also require a pump to decant the fuel from the bottle. These are available from a number of suppliers on the internet.
  • Lighting the fireplace requires great care. Make sure all spillages have been cleaned up, stand back from the fire at a safe distance and use a long lighter or long match to light the fuel.
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  • Once the fire is alight it will start to generate heat and will have a flame. Ensure that all combustible materials are at a safe distance from the fire – for example curtains, carpets or cushions.
  • Ensure the room has sufficient ventilation to make the environment comfortable for the user. Ventilation can be provided by a permanent air vent or by opening a window. Read our guide to fireplace ventilation
  • Take care over the size of burner and volume of fuel you will use. Consider how long you intent to use the fire for and how much heat you require before filling the burner.
  • Snuff out the fire using the snuffer or sliding lid as shown in the manufacturers instructions.
  • If the burner tray still includes fuel when extinguishing then care should be taken not to spill the fuel while extinguishing the burner.

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