An ethanol fireplace is one of the most environment friendly heating systems available in the market today. Ethanol is a renewable energy source that is derived from corn and compared to wood, it is easier to reproduce. You only need one cropping season to renew to reproduce ethanol while it will take you months or even years to produce wood.
Ethanol fireplaces work just like most types of wood-burning fireplaces. To generate heat, ethanol fireplaces burn fuel. The only difference here is that ethanol does not produce smoke and carbon dioxide as the wood fireplace. In fact, an average size ethanol fireplace produce very little amount of carbon dioxide that you do not need to install a chimney or flue when using this type of fireplaces.
Components of an Ethanol Fireplace
To function well, ethanol fireplaces need to have an enclosure to house the fire source and a fuel tank to hold the ethanol. Ethanol fireplaces can be stationary or portable. Most types of stationary ethanol fireplaces are mounted against the walls while portable ethanol fireplaces look more like small stoves with enclosures to house the fire.
Ethanol is a highly combustible substance so it is very important to keep the fuel tank of the fireplace tightly closed at all times.