A fireplace can be considered a centerpiece that adds charm to a living room. By opting for a bioethanol model, it is not only possible to benefit from heating. It can also acquire a modern style.
Otherwise, a bioethanol fireplace can be integrated into any type of living room as it is discreet and refined. If you don’t have enough space to install a classic fireplace, this type of fireplace is an effective solution that will bring a welcoming atmosphere in addition to its aesthetic advantage.
We see in this article everything about bioethanol fireplaces.
Operation of the bioethanol fireplace
The flame of a bioethanol fireplace is generated by a burner and a tank that is filled with fuel.
The peculiarity of a bioethanol fireplace is that it has no duct to release the combustion product. It also doesn’t produce smoke like traditional fireplaces. In return, it uses the fuel to function normally. In our case, the latter is mainly composed of bioethanol.
Bioethanol is a kind of biofuel in the form of a colorless liquid. It can easily transform into vapor as well as being extremely flammable. As for its origin, it can be obtained through the exploitation of raw materials from plants, animals or even some waste.
Note that the French produce bioethanol from sugar beet cultivation. Some grains can also be used in the production of this substance. Wheat and corn are the most exploited.
Since burning bioethanol can be dangerous to health, it is better to opt for a model that meets the D35-386 standard. This regulation limits the risk of poisoning.
The different types of bioethanol fireplaces
There are several forms of bioethanol fireplace. You can make your choice depending on where it will be installed. Its use should also be considered.
First of all the free standing bioethanol fireplace. It is a model that can be installed directly on the ground, if there is an impressive surface. If the space available is rather limited, the free standing bioethanol fireplace can be placed on a table. There are also small models that can be placed on an occasional piece of furniture.
Otherwise, it is possible to use some forms of outdoor fireplaces. Whether in the garden or on a terrace, they can add style to your summer evenings with a warm atmosphere.
So, the wall-mounted bioethanol fireplace is a model that will be installed in height. It is ideal for embellishing a narrow living room. Indeed, it will free up enough space on the ground and allow you to put a piece of furniture under it.
As for the installation, the installation of this type of fireplace it is not at all complicated because it is enough to hang it on a support. In addition, this fastening will isolate it from the wall, which will provide great security for the whole house. We must not forget the guarantee it offers by being inaccessible to children.
Then we have the bioethanol built-in fireplace, sophisticated and refined at the same time. However, its installation is somewhat more complicated because it requires the construction of a formwork.
The latest form of bioethanol fireplace is the suspended fireplace model. Although installation seems complicated, this equipment is light enough to be integrated into any support. However, it is essential to achieve irreproachable fixation.
The advantages of a bioethanol fireplace
This fireplace, in fact, does not require special maintenance to be efficient and to provide the heat of a fire. It is not necessary to undergo the chores of wood, nor to sweep and clean as for traditional fireplaces. Even though the fireplace produces real flames, it does not emit dust or ash.
From a health point of view, the bioethanol fireplace does not emit smoke. Therefore it does not pose a risk to people suffering from respiratory problems.
The next benefit is in terms of mobility. Since the operation of the bioethanol fireplace does not require a flue, can be moved anywhere. It can therefore be used for all occasions outside the home.
The bioethanol fireplace also has the advantage of being discreet. It can therefore give a particular style to any living room. Regardless of the furniture design, the fireplace can fit perfectly into the decor.
In addition to all this, bioethanol is a fuel classified among renewable energies. In fact, it has several origins. It can also come from plants, animals or certain wastes.
In addition, models that stand on the floor work like a radiator. In fact, the surface of the chimney in contact with the ground transmits heat to it. The room temperature will therefore increase by a few degrees even when the fireplace no longer produces heat. It is therefore a perfectly comfortable additional heater.
In addition, the absence of an exhaust duct will optimize the heating. At the same time, this does not cause any heat loss. The fireplace can be autonomous for a period of 3 hours. But above all it will work for about 6 hours.
The disadvantages of a bioethanol fireplace
Although the advantages of this type of fireplace are numerous, its use has some disadvantages.
First of all, the bioethanol fireplace should not be placed next to an object that can easily catch fire, such as curtains. In fact, a combustion leak can cause a fire. However, this is a danger they share with conventional fireplaces.
Hence, burning ethanol will release carbon monoxide. This can be a potential health hazard. Also, inhaling a large amount of this substance can be fatal. This is why the bioethanol fireplace must not be installed in a room smaller than 10 m2. But also, it must be sufficiently ventilated so that carbon monoxide don’t stay in the room.
Finally, the bioethanol fireplace is more expensive than a traditional wood stove.
The price of a bioethanol fireplace
It is necessary to take into account the model, design and size of the fireplace to know its cost.
In general, a bioethanol fireplace will cost around 40 euros for an entry-level model. For a more sophisticated version, you have to pay up to 1,000 euros. The average price is therefore around 300 euros.
As for combustion, the price of bioethanol is around 2 euros per liter. It is important to know that it is possible to consume an average of 0.6 L of bioethanol in one hour.