3 Ethanol Fireplace Facts 3 Ethanol Fireplace Facts

Over the years, environmentalists have endorsed the use of the ethanol fireplace as alternative home heating systems. Ethanol is a plant-based product that does not release new carbon dioxide into the air. Studies show that carbon emissions from ethanol fireplaces are considerably less than most types of fireplaces. In fact, one study shows that the carbon emission of a regular size ethanol fireplace is roughly the same as a human breath.

Types of Ethanol Fireplaces

Ethanol fireplaces may be portable or stationary. A portable fireplace often comes with a small ethanol tank and a small fire container that works like a small stove. Portable fireplaces come in different designs and sizes. Some types of portable ethanol fireplaces weigh just a little over 3 pounds and very useful when you go camping or hunting during the winter. On the other hand, the stationary or permanently mounted ethanol fireplace comes with a built-in fire container and fuel tank. A mounted ethanol fireplace that is designed to burn fuel and serve as room heating system should be properly ventilated. Mounted ethanol fireplaces can be designed to blend perfectly with the rest of the furniture and fixture of the room. 

Use of Ethanol Fireplaces in Unventilated Rooms

Given the fact that ethanol fireplaces emit minimal amount of carbon, some sectors recommend the use of this type of fireplace even in unventilated places. However, not all people agree with this recommendation. According to some experts, burning ethanol in an unventilated room can be hazardous. Partially burned ethanol emits carbon monoxide, a tasteless, odorless and colorless gas that is toxic to human beings and animals alike. Experts recommend that people should only use ethanol fireplaces in well ventilated areas. The use of this type of fireplace in a windowless room that is less than 100 square feet is not safe.

Refueling and Maintenance

Ethanol is a highly flammable liquid so it very important to take extra precautions when refueling an ethanol fireplace. As a safety precaution, turn off the fireplace and let it cool down completely before refueling the fuel tank. When refueling the tank, use a funnel to prevent any liquid from spilling onto the floor or the furniture near the fireplace. If you accidentally spill liquid on the surface of the fireplace or on the floor near it, wipe the liquid off completely and then wait for the area to dry completely before you turn the fireplace on.

To keep your fireplace burner in good working condition, clean your fireplace at least once a month. Remove dust, grime and debris from your burner. You may also wash the grate with milk soap and warm water. To do this, remove the grate from the fireplace and then wash it. Do not put water directly into the fireplace. Dry the grate completely before you put it back on the fireplace.

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