What Is an Ethanol Fireplace?

If you're currently in the market for a fireplace, consider an ethanol fireplace. Read on to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of this unique type of fireplace.


In much the same fashion as traditional fireplaces, ethanol fireplaces create heat by burning fuel. However, unlike traditional fireplaces, which use firewood as their primary fuel source, ethanol fireplaces burn ethanol, which is a renewable resource. If you're of an environmentally conscious mindset, you can take solace in the fact that fueling your ethanol fireplace won't diminish the number of trees on the planet. Also, regardless of whether the ethanol being burned is sugar-based or corn-based, no smoke will be produced. 


While ethanol fireplaces don't produce any smoke, they do produce carbon dioxide and, if your fireplace isn't properly ventilated and doesn't receive sufficient circulation, the ethanol fueling your fireplace may not fully burn. This can subsequently give way to the formation of carbon monoxide.

In addition, if the fireplace isn't properly ventilated, the increased levels of carbon dioxide stand to give way to a decrease in oxygen levels. So before making an ethanol fireplace a fixture in your home, ensure that the fireplace will receive the right amount of circulation.