How Ethanol Fireplaces Work
Ethanol fireplaces burn a fuel source to generate heat and light, just as traditional, wood-burning units do. In ethanol fireplaces, however, the “logs” are generally made of ceramic and are more for appearances than anything else. The agent that actually burns is the ethanol itself. This type of fireplace does not require a chimney or flue, as it functions without producing smoke.
The Basic Components of Ethanol Fireplaces
While the exact components will vary depending on the ethanol fireplace in question, standard features include an enclosure to house the fire source; visual aids, such as sand and ceramic logs to enhance appearance; and a burning pot to hold the ethanol.
Why Ethanol Fireplaces Are Environmentally-Friendly
Ethanol fireplaces are considered the environmentally-friendly choice for a number of reasons. One of these is that they do not produce smoke, and they only release a small amount of carbon into the atmosphere. Another is that ethanol is a more renewable source of energy than wood: since this fuel is created from corn, the replacement time is no longer than a single growing season.