15 Coolest Ethanol Fireplaces For A Cozy Feel

Can Ethanol Fireplaces Be Cozy?

15 Coolest Ethanol Fireplaces For A Cozy Feel

VERY LITTLE CHASES away December’s chill a crackling fireplace. The lambent flames, the heady scent of burning wood—what could be more homey, more elemental, more natural than blazing logs?

Sorry for the buzz kill, but growing evidence suggests wood smoke isn’t good for you. According to the EPA, it’s full of particulates, contains known and suspected carcinogens, and can aggravate heart and lung diseases. In 2015, the agency revised federal regulations on wood stoves to address air-quality concerns, and New York City banned new wood-burning chimneys last year.

Increasingly, homeowners and designers are turning to ventless ethanol fireplaces—known for their convenience and low environmental impact—to take a bite the long, bleak winter. “There’s nothing a wood fireplace,” said Cindy Rinfret, a Greenwich, Conn., designer who uses both wood and ethanol in clients’ homes. “Ethanol is more for show, but the practicality is great.”

Needing no flues, chimneys or natural-gas hookups, these fireplaces are fueled with ethanol (also known as alcohol), a byproduct of organic matter such as corn and potatoes.

Some use a gel, similar to Sterno, and others use liquid; both forms are sold at hardware stores or online. Combustion creates no smoke or soot and emits little carbon.

“If you rub the inside of the fireplace, you won’t feel that carbon dust,” says Federico Otero, the designer of Miami-based Cocoon Fireplaces.

This should appeal to anyone who’s gotten a face full of soot while disposing of fireplace ashes. Some folks won’t miss hauling wood either. For others, however, turning logs and pumping bellows are the whole point.

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“What makes wood fireplaces special is building a fire and tending to it,” said Brooklyn architect Devin O’Neill. For him and his colleagues, ethanol versions lack that element of ritual and “feel a bit commercial. We think they feel a little place in a residential project.”

Ms. Rinfret compensates for the romantic shortcomings of ethanol fireplaces by inserting basic models into old-world surrounds.

Manhattan’s HearthCabinet attempts to replicate the cozy features of a wood fire, offering cartridges scented with pine, vanilla and cinnamon and configuring the fuel “to burn taller, warmer and livelier,” according to company founder Arthur Lasky. The flames even crackle.

Perhaps a fire kindled with a chemical cartridge can’t match the soulful pleasures of a real-wood blaze, but fans value ventless fireplaces’ plug-and-play versatility. “Clients love it because they have a fireplace where they never thought they could have one, and I love it because it’s an element that can really anchor a room,” said Manhattan-based designer Robin Baron.

Installation and operating costs are low. (Fuel cartridges for HearthCabinet’s models run $7.99 each, for example, and burn two hours at 5,000 BTUs, enough to warm a 12-by-12-foot room.) Fireplace prices range widely, from a few hundred dollars for a big-box-store version to $10,000-plus for custom designs.

As for safety, the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) consider ethanol fireplaces suitable for home use. “The safety guidelines are pretty much the same as a regular fireplace,” said the NFPA’s Judy Comoletti.

Fashion writer and designer Hal Rubenstein, author of “The Looks of Love: Fifty Moments in Fashion That Inspired Romance,” has his own take on how well these hearths fulfill fireside fantasies.

He recently installed a Cocoon Aeris model in his home on Fire Island, in New York. “Would I recommend one for someone who wants a roaring fireplace with stockings hung by the chimney with care?” he said. “No.” But the stove adds warmth psychologically, he said.

Plus, he loves the ease of it: “You go to the store and buy alcohol. How hard is that?”

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17 Philly Restaurants and Bars With Cozy Fireplaces

15 Coolest Ethanol Fireplaces For A Cozy Feel

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As an East Coast city, Philly is used to cold and snowy winters. But that’s no reason to stay home. Local restaurants and bars have fireplaces roaring through the wintry weather. Here are 17 of the best, from cozy neighborhood haunts to elegant lounges.

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Martha’s fireplace has a cozy cabin feel, with rustic decor and a mishmash of seating options. Settle in for the evening with a cheese plate and one of the Kensington bar’s creative cocktails or draft beers.

Fishtown’s Lebanese destination Suraya features a photogenic indoor/outdoor space with a fireplace that connects the bustling restaurant with the dramatically lit garden lounge.

The main dining room at Wm. Mulherin’s Sons features a central poured-concrete fireplace, logs ready to be burned, and a skylight for watching the snow fall.

Fire pits abound at this German beer hall in Fishtown featuring indoor/outdoor space, ping pong, and massive beers.

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In University City, City Tap House beckons with a row of five stone fire pits on the terrace overlooking Walnut Street. The fire pits are turned on every night, unless it’s raining or snowing.

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6. Bernie's Restaurant & Bar

In University City, head to Bernie’s to warm up by two large fire pits on the outdoor deck, which also has two big-screen televisions. The casual dining spot has a few locations in the suburbs, including one in Glenside that features a 15-foot fireplace wall and fire pits on the patio.

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Food and drink service is available at the modern fireplace behind the large bar at Condesa in the Pod Philly hotel. This newcomer from the Suraya team serves Mexican dishes alongside a wide variety of tequilas and mezcals.

Cozy is the name of the game at Stephen Starr’s Dandelion in Rittenhouse, where it’s easy to warm up by the fire, pint in hand, and forget this is Philly, not a hunting lodge somewhere in the British Isles.

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9. McGillin's Olde Ale House

Back in the day, fireplaces weren’t just for charm. As Philly’s oldest continuously operating tavern, McGillin’s lights its fireplace all winter long. Another way to warm up: Sip one of the bar’s hot adult beverages, the Snowshoe — hot chocolate with a shot of butterscotch liquor, served in a mug and topped with whipped cream.

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The Rittenhouse hotel’s Library Bar has an elegant fireplace surrounded by bookshelves, artwork, and leather chairs. The bar menu features classic cocktails and original creations, along with upscale snacks, such as caviar served on deviled eggs and in a cannoli with mascarpone.

11. Stratus Rooftop Lounge

At the center of Stratus Lounge runs a 40-foot glass-enclosed fireplace with a rail for drinks and plenty of comfy seating. Heat lamps make this indoor/outdoor spot atop the Hotel Monaco a year-round destination.

The mod vibe at Jones is meant to evoke a 1970s living room — though most living rooms don’t have a floor-to-ceiling, double-sided, stone-encased fireplace in the middle. The menu is full of classic comfort foods.

Votives on the tables, sconces on the walls, and a candle-lit fireplace give Nick Elmi’s Old City brasserie a sultry glow that helps set the scene for his French-influenced offerings.

Order a coffee, a glass of natural wine, or a full meal of in-season fare at Bloomsday while hanging by the double-sided fireplace in the dining room.

Southern restaurant Twisted Tail has two fireplaces in its upstairs lounge, where it frequently hosts live music.

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Hawthornes, which doubles as a bottle shop, offers those waiting for a table a cozy nook by the fireplace complete with couches to give it a ski lodge vibe.

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Devil’s Den is known for its annual fireplace lighting party at the beginning of each December. Inside the craft beer bar, the fireplace is double-sided and wood-burning.

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Martha’s fireplace has a cozy cabin feel, with rustic decor and a mishmash of seating options. Settle in for the evening with a cheese plate and one of the Kensington bar’s creative cocktails or draft beers.

Fishtown’s Lebanese destination Suraya features a photogenic indoor/outdoor space with a fireplace that connects the bustling restaurant with the dramatically lit garden lounge.

The main dining room at Wm. Mulherin’s Sons features a central poured-concrete fireplace, logs ready to be burned, and a skylight for watching the snow fall.

Fire pits abound at this German beer hall in Fishtown featuring indoor/outdoor space, ping pong, and massive beers.

  • Open in Google Maps
  • Foursquare

In University City, City Tap House beckons with a row of five stone fire pits on the terrace overlooking Walnut Street. The fire pits are turned on every night, unless it’s raining or snowing.

  • Open in Google Maps
  • OpenTable
  • Foursquare

In University City, head to Bernie’s to warm up by two large fire pits on the outdoor deck, which also has two big-screen televisions. The casual dining spot has a few locations in the suburbs, including one in Glenside that features a 15-foot fireplace wall and fire pits on the patio.

Food and drink service is available at the modern fireplace behind the large bar at Condesa in the Pod Philly hotel. This newcomer from the Suraya team serves Mexican dishes alongside a wide variety of tequilas and mezcals.

Cozy is the name of the game at Stephen Starr’s Dandelion in Rittenhouse, where it’s easy to warm up by the fire, pint in hand, and forget this is Philly, not a hunting lodge somewhere in the British Isles.

  • Open in Google Maps
  • Foursquare

Back in the day, fireplaces weren’t just for charm. As Philly’s oldest continuously operating tavern, McGillin’s lights its fireplace all winter long. Another way to warm up: Sip one of the bar’s hot adult beverages, the Snowshoe — hot chocolate with a shot of butterscotch liquor, served in a mug and topped with whipped cream.

  • Open in Google Maps
  • Foursquare

The Rittenhouse hotel’s Library Bar has an elegant fireplace surrounded by bookshelves, artwork, and leather chairs. The bar menu features classic cocktails and original creations, along with upscale snacks, such as caviar served on deviled eggs and in a cannoli with mascarpone.

At the center of Stratus Lounge runs a 40-foot glass-enclosed fireplace with a rail for drinks and plenty of comfy seating. Heat lamps make this indoor/outdoor spot atop the Hotel Monaco a year-round destination.

The mod vibe at Jones is meant to evoke a 1970s living room — though most living rooms don’t have a floor-to-ceiling, double-sided, stone-encased fireplace in the middle. The menu is full of classic comfort foods.

Votives on the tables, sconces on the walls, and a candle-lit fireplace give Nick Elmi’s Old City brasserie a sultry glow that helps set the scene for his French-influenced offerings.

Order a coffee, a glass of natural wine, or a full meal of in-season fare at Bloomsday while hanging by the double-sided fireplace in the dining room.

Southern restaurant Twisted Tail has two fireplaces in its upstairs lounge, where it frequently hosts live music.

  • Open in Google Maps
  • OpenTable
  • Foursquare

Hawthornes, which doubles as a bottle shop, offers those waiting for a table a cozy nook by the fireplace complete with couches to give it a ski lodge vibe.

  • Open in Google Maps
  • Foursquare

Devil’s Den is known for its annual fireplace lighting party at the beginning of each December. Inside the craft beer bar, the fireplace is double-sided and wood-burning.

  • Open in Google Maps
  • OpenTable
  • Foursquare

Source: https://philly.eater.com/maps/best-fireplace-bars-restaurants-philadelphia

​TOP 20 WALL FIREPLACES

15 Coolest Ethanol Fireplaces For A Cozy Feel

Posted on May 24, 2019

A fireplace is considered a bonus feature in a home. No other appliance offers the kind of cozy warmth and romance that you get from fireplaces. In the past, they have required a lot of work and effort. However, with wall fireplaces the workload is gone and they still provide that warm sensation, as they can be mounted on the wall or simply plugged into an outlet.

Of course, the question arises when getting one is which is the best one to buy?

Well, in order to answer that question, here are the top 20 best wall fireplaces that create that warm experience and atmosphere, wherever it is placed and for you to enjoy.

ECO-FEU SANTA LUCIA WALL MOUNT ETHANOL FIREPLACE

Coming as a double-sided unit, it works well for a house or office setting. Its dimensions are 27.5 X 39.5 X 16’, along with a transparent window panel both in the front and back, it allows for nice lighting for living room spaces that are more open.

Constructed with solid grade 304 polished stainless steel and with a built-in thick 3mm double wall construction, it is also insulated with a patented rock wool insulation to keep the fire going and burning wherever it’s been placed, providing warmth and ambiance.

BIO BLAZE SQUARE XL 1 BIO-ETHANOL FIREPLACE

Bio Blaze Square XL 1 Bio-Ethanol Fireplace 

Containing a stainless steel frame and a nice black backdrop to make the burning flame all the more sensational.

Powered by six more burners to keep the fire from burning further, and have the fire get an individualized flare, this Wall Fireplaces panel is perfect for a nice Saturday night in the living room space.

Along with its dimensions are a heated insulator, an earthquake hanging system, and an overall glass front that allows better sustainability and security when placed.

ACCALIA BIO-ETHANOL RECESSED WALL FIREPLACE

Accalia Bio Ethanol Recessed Wall Fireplace

Similar to Bio-Blaze model in terms of its overall looks, the Accalia Bio only contains four individual burners for flames.

Also containing the eco-friendliness that the Bio-Blaze possesses, it is perfect for smaller areas as its dimensions reach 67″ x 19.75″ x 7.6″ and averaging at 52 lbs.

A frame containing the polished 304 stainless steel as well, it offers high sustainability and security that the Blaze-Bio has. The only difference is its presentation and mere scale.

39.5″ Wide Double-Sided Ethanol Burning Firebox

Another double-sided unit that is on this list, this one also produces the same atmospheric effect as the Eco-Feu Wellington. Being able to produce ribbons of flames that can reach up to 19’, the firebox is perfect for the smaller spaces in the interior designs.

Constructed with the 304 stainless steel and 3mm thick double glass walls, the firebox also contains a rock wool insulation inside. Much the others, it is environmentally friendly as no ash or smoke can exude itself and ventless, so no chimneys required for the firebox.

With a low heat transfer that provides warmth and ambiance for the area, the Firebox can reach up to 16,000 BTU. Its dimensions are 27.5″ x W 39.5″ x D 16″.

52″ WIDE SINGLE-SIDED ETHANOL BURNING FIREBOX

52″ Wide Single-Sided Ethanol Burning Firebox

With the 52″ Wide Single-Sided Ethanol Burning Firebox, it will provide a real fire warmth all the others here on the list on a much broader scale.

Being designed mostly to be implemented onto the wall, the firebox offers a more accessible function that eliminates the hassle of using wood and removes all the odors and smoke along with it. will let you enjoy the warmth of a real fire without the hassle and inconvenience of a traditional wood burning fireplace.

Contains much of the same features as the 39.5” Wide Double-Sided as mentioned above, with slight differences in heat output, having 20,500 BTU. Its dimensions are 27.25″ x W 52″ x D 16.5″.

Bellezza Recessed Or Wall Mount Bio Ethanol Fireplace

A sleek and streamlined fireplace, the Bellezza Recessed or Wall Mount Bio-Ethanol Fireplace is designed to project a more modern look to the interior design of the area it is placed.

Featuring a large stainless steel frame coated in black, this fireplace is made for the intent of creating a nice and polished look to your modern day setting. The heat output of the fireplace ranges between 6000 per burner, averaging a total of 12000 BTU.

Powered with two clean-burning ethanol burners that emit water vapor and even carbon dioxide into the air, replacing the usual chimney. Its dimensions are 47.25″ x 23.75″ x 7.25″ and weighs about 33 lbs.

MAXIMUM BIO-ETHANOL WALL FIREPLACE

Maximum Bio Ethanol Wall Fireplace

As the fireplace presents itself, the Maximum Bio Ethanol Wall Fireplace is very lengthy means of adding that warm sensation. Almost reaching seven feet in length alone, the fireplace is perfect for providing a cozy feeling.

Ideally, this fireplace is more for the larger rooms, even for the restaurants and bar locations due to its massive size and can also be hung on the wall with the included mounting brackets it contains on the back of it.

Containing a very sleek and streamlined design, the fireplace has six individual burners inside it, encased with a durable steel frame and black coal coating, it also provides a very romantic tone. The burners reach up to a maximum 36,000 BTU and can be fully controlled.

Its dimensions are 82.75″ x 24.5″ x 8.75″ and a pretty heavy fireplace as well, weighing about 140 lbs.

BIO-BLAZE® SQUARE XL 2 BIO-ETHANOL FIREPLACE

 Bio-Blaze® Square XL 2 Bio-Ethanol Fireplace 

Bio-Blaze® Square XL 2 Bio-Ethanol Fireplace is not only designed to be mounted with ease onto the wall, but it also frees up valuable floor space and provides an eye-catching sight upon entering. Designed to be mounted with ease on almost any kind of wall, the Bio-Blaze is perfect for shared housing areas in the house, having an optimized space for the floor space.

Equipped with up to three adjustable stainless steel ethanol burners, it also provides a nice linear appearance that is sleek and polished sophistication. The Bio-Blaze also comes in a nice all black color scheme or with a nice modern simple steel look, the fireplace can remove any amounts of smoke or toxins/odors.

Its BTU is 18,425 and its dimensions are 59″ x 21½ x 8″ and is heavy as well, weighing 128 lbs.

Lata Bio Ethanol Recessed Wall Fireplace

Providing a room with a nice modern look all the others on the list, the Lata Bio Ethanol is adaptable and can burn cleanly without smoke or any other toxins exuding. Being mounted on the wall as well as other areas, it does not require any means of an electrical outlet of the sorts or even be attached to a chimney.

Having two individual burners, the fireplace allows for full control of the heat size and output. The flame can produce over 14” in length and reach a heat output of 12,000 BTU. With a powder-coat and a 304 polished stainless steel frame, the inner black powder coating allows for natural and modern beauty in the mounting area. Its dimensions are 43.25″ x 19.

75″ x 7.6″ and weighs around 31 lbs.

Amantii 50″ Fire And Ice Built In Electric Fireplace With Steel Surround

Boy do we love our Amantii models, as this next one on the list is just about as perfect as all the rest.

Designed to be built on the wall than anything else, it contains a stunning 'Dual Flame' and an impressive 12″ deep electric innovation, what make this ideal stand out form most is its reasonable size, being around 50”.

It has a nice clean face thanks to the design it has and a nice black steel metal frame that surrounds said-glass, providing a sleek and solid modern look.

Similar to the 34”, it also have large clear nuggets that provide a nice clear blue diamond luster to the flames, 4 front stage lighting, and a remote control for flame output and intensity. It even contains a nice multi-colored flame media, adding a nice array of colors to choose from while enjoying your time by the fire. Its average dimensions are 23 1/2 x 48 1/2 x 12″, 45 1/4 x 12″, and 49 1/4” x 15 3/4”. It is plugged on the left side and weighs around 101.5 lbs with the glass.

AMANTII 72″ FIRE & ICE SERIES WALL-MOUNT/BUILT-IN ELECTRIC FIREPLACE WITH WHITE GLASS SURROUND

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These 15 Double-Sided Fireplaces Wishing For The Coldest Nights of the Year

15 Coolest Ethanol Fireplaces For A Cozy Feel

They create focal points and a lot of cozy, comforting vibes.

Whether you’re building from scratch or just adding on, there’s something really magical about adding one of these beauties to your living room – or bedroom.

These 15 double-sided fireplaces will have you wishing for the coldest nights of the year – all year round. Let’s have a look at some gorgeous, innovative designs and see if one strikes your fancy!

Homedit begins our cozy journey through the fireplaces with this interesting living room design. The fire sits in the center of this open space offering up warmth to both sitting areas. Mixing a more formal space with one that’s fit for dining, these builds are perfect for homes with a lot of spacious areas.

Over at Impressive Interior Design, you’ll find this grandiose, stone design that’s hard not to fall in love with. There’s a definite cozy vibe here and we love how every angle of this room gets to experience the crackling of the wood inside. It’s really the perfect addition to homes that have good winter months.

Then there’s this chic, farmhouse-inspired space. Although you see how clearly modern the vision is here, that fireplace and other wooden additions add a more casual, homey vibe. Again, both the dining room and sitting area gets to benefit from the warmth. Thanks for the inspiration Zillow!

Here at Acucraft we see a fireplace with a traditional style but one that ignite the night of both the living room and the covered patio. This is a really great addition to a family-friendly home that loves to create rooms that feel warm and welcoming.

If you’re looking for something ultra modern, then this design from Modus will be something you’ll want to take a second look at. It’s a beautiful way to add some interest to hallways and room partitions. You can see how this fireplace really adds a comforting poise to these two rooms.

Here’s another great traditional design that we found over at Houzz. Being able to take in the fire from any angle of the living room is so beneficial, especially when you’ve got a lot of family over or you’re entertaining. And this piece in particular takes on a rich, welcoming impression.

If we travel over to Impressive Interior Design again, we’ll find this beautiful display as well. A neutral palette that feels light and bright for the family to enjoy. And that fireplace acts as a beautiful room partition between the dining room and living space.

Curtain Call Creations went with a modern, double-sided fireplace design that is just as much a piece of art as it is functional. Take in the sites from a variety of angles and crank it up when the holidays roll in and your weekend entertaining takes flights.

Have you ever thought about adding a fireplace to the bathroom. If you’re looking to make the master bath a bit more luxurious and spa-, then check out this stunning scene from Zillow. From the bathtub to the bedroom, you’ll be able to utilize this modern, crackling fireplace.

Here’s anther horizontal design that we find rather contemporary and chic. But, because of the stone, you get a look that fits well within traditional homes as well. Thanks again to Pinterest for collecting to many bouts of great inspiration for our future home dreams.

We’ve gushed about this vintage-inspired display on Trendir before. You can use the space to the side fore storing wood and then watch the fire glow in the center – from either the living space or dining room. It’s a great treat to have on cold nights when enjoying dinner with the family.

Did you ever think about having a fireplace outside – let alone one that’s double-sided? Well, you can grab some inspiration  from that innovative idea over at Houzz. Take it all in from the patio or the pool – it’s your choice!

W’re loving this indoor and outdoor treat from Heat & Glo as well. Again, it’s a really innovative and crisp design that an entire family would love to have and utilize. Summer months outside can be spent with a glow while winter nights can be enjoyed on the inside.

Modus has a lot of great ideas but this one is a definite favorite. It’s modern and chic but it’s a versatile design that stands out among the rest. It’s a heightened look that’s been placed in an usual – but functional – spot in the house.

Impressive Interior

Design ends our joinery with this gorgeous, femininely-touched space that we really enjoy. Again, we see a double-sided fireplace working in both the dining area and living room – two spaces that could use the extra welcome and warmth. The mantle and white brick addition help to keep that cozy spirit with a bit of interest too.

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The Ultimate Ethanol Fireplace Buyers Guide

15 Coolest Ethanol Fireplaces For A Cozy Feel

Aesthetic advantages of a fireplace are irrefutable. It is the warm, cozy feeling that transforms any property into a home.

From a warming fire during the winter to the ambiance brought to a dinner party or a romantic evening, advantages are numerous.

And that is the reason why an increasing number of homeowners is opting for an ethanol fireplace that brings in all of the benefits of this feature but without the needless mess.

Un traditional fireplaces, ethanol fireplaces do not require a chimney, vent, or flue, nor do they require a gas line. In fact, tabletop or freestanding ethanol fireplaces are actually portable – some can even be used indoors and outside. This means easier installation, with plenty of choices to suit any space, including wall-mounted, two-sided, and even hanging ethanol fireplaces.

There’s also the option to convert an existing fireplace or hole in the wall into an ethanol fireplace by installing an ethanol fireplace insert.

Ethanol fireplaces are revered for being an eco-friendly choice. Ethanol fuel is a clean-burning, biodegradable, renewable resource that is comparable in cost to – or even cheaper than – buying wood.

With today’s forests a more precious resource than ever, it’s no wonder that many homeowners are turning to the hassle-free, low-maintenance benefits of ethanol fireplaces.

Ethanol fireplaces remove the need to chop down wood, deal with soot marks, or clean any remaining material once the fireplace has burned out.

If you’re looking for an easy-to-install fireplace to brighten up a room, there are some questions that need to be addressed. Here are some of the top considerations when shopping for an ethanol fireplace.

  • Ethanol fireplaces do not require a chimney 
  • No gas line required 
  • Ethanol fireplaces can be portable 
  • Ethanol is Eco-friendly 
  • Easy to install 

Basics of Bioethanol

Bioethanol, or ethanol for short, is a renewable alcohol biofuel produced from naturally fermented sugar, corn, or other plants or manufacturing waste. It is an extremely flammable yet clean-burning fuel, making it an ideal choice for starting contained fires.

Ethanol also goes by the names bioethanol or denatured alcohol.
Bioethanol is 100% pure alcohol. As a result, fireplace fuel manufacturers add odorless, unpleasant flavors to the ethanol to ensure it’s not consumed by humans.

  • Bioethanol is renewable 
  • 100% pure alcohol 
  • Clean burning 

Basics of Ethanol Fireplace Functions

Ethanol fireplaces are fueled by ethanol. Ethanol is added to the burner and ignited with a long lighter or remotely. Once there is no more need for a fire, it can be extinguished either via a valve or a lid, depending on the model.

A significant advantage of ethanol fireplaces over solid fuel fireplaces is the lack of dangerous fumes.

In fact, that’s why ethanol fireplaces do not require a chimney – only nominal amounts of water and carbon dioxide are released. This also means no soot on the walls or ceilings.

The only place you should see any soot at all – and even then it will be a minuscule amount – is where the flame touches the fireplace.

There are various types of ethanol fireplaces that work in different settings, making them completely adaptable to any space.

Wall-mounted, recessed, or hanging ethanol fireplaces are most similar to the profile of a traditional wood-burning or gas fireplace.

Two-sided ethanol fireplaces provide an elegant room divider between two spaces, such as a master bedroom and bathroom or living and dining room, allowing you to join the ambiance in multiple areas.

Tabletop and freestanding ethanol fireplaces are among the most flexible in terms of relocation. There are even specially designed outdoor ethanol fireplaces for when you want to warm things up outside. To learn more check out our article on how ethanol fireplaces work here.

No matter what model, all ethanol fireplaces generally work in the same way. 

  • Adding bioethanol fuel
  • Lighting the flames
  • Instant fireplace enjoyment 

Ethanol Fireplace Heat Production

Ethanol fireplaces produce on average 2-6 kW of heat per hour, which is enough to heat a space of 20 to 40 square meters or 215 to 430 square feet. It takes about 10-15 minutes for ethanol fireplaces to warm up to their full heating potential. Keep in mind, ethanol fireplaces aren’t typically used as a primary heating source for space.

If the room is smaller than 20 meters / 215 square feet, there should be some means available to ventilate and cool off the room.

  • Can heat a space 20 – 40 square meters
  • Ethanol takes 10-15 minutes to warm up

Ethanol Fireplace Burn Time

The burn time of an ethanol fireplace depends on the flame size and fuel capacity of the fireplace.

Most ethanol fireplaces can burn for 1-10 hours when fully fueled, although you can generally expect about 4-5 hours of burn time from a standard ethanol fireplace.

The cost of using an ethanol fireplace is only about $1-3 per hour, depending on how much fuel you’re using and the overall size of the fireplace.

Once fuel runs out, the ethanol fireplace will shut down quickly. To resume the operation, more ethanol should be added about 5-15 minutes after the burner has cooled down.  

  • Ethanol can burn from 1-10 hours 
  • Cost is about 1$ -3$ per hour

Ethanol Fuel Availability and Durability

Ethanol fuel is available online and in hardware stores. When shopping for ethanol fuel, it should be specified on the label that it is designed specifically for fireplaces. Bioethanol fuel comes in premeasured, safe containers that are easy to store and won’t expire.
 

Refilling the Fireplace

Refilling an ethanol fireplace is as simple as adding the manufacturer-recommended amount of fuel to the fireplace burner. Ideally, it should be done via a funnel to help prevent spills. In the event of a spill, the fuel that is outside of the burnet should be removed with a damp cloth.

While the alcohol is odorless and will not stain unless the fireplace is lighted up remotely, any residue from the hands should be removed before lighting up the burner.

Ethanol Fireplace Safety

all fireplaces, safety is an important factor for bringing open flame into a home. There are certain factors to look out for when assessing the safety of an ethanol fireplace.

First, look for ethanol fireplaces that are certified by organizations such as Swedcert, SP Sitac, TUV, UL, or C-UL.

These certifications are not required by law, and manufacturers that invest in this costly annual testing are clearly more concerned about the safety of their products.

If you’re wondering what type of testing the fireplace has undergone, typically certification involves testing the durability of the fireplace by striking it with a heavy object, as well as the safety of the burner, by tipping the fireplace to a certain angle.

Price is also a good indicator of an ethanol fireplace’s safety. Higher priced ethanol fireplaces use sturdier materials that will withstand high heat. The weight of a fireplace will give an idea of whether it’s made with thicker and heavier stainless steel.

A more expensive ethanol fireplace will generally have a better quality burner, weighing between 2-5 kg. Other safety features to look out for include a lid, which allows you to regulate flame size or easily turn flames off, and a spill tray in case you spill fuel.

It should be noted that in many ways ethanol fireplaces are safer than wood-burning or gas fireplaces. Their only byproduct is water and minimal amounts of C02, compared to lighting two average candles. Check out our recent post on ethanol safety here.

  • Ethanol is safe 
  • Expert organizations certified 

The U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association both approve ethanol fireplaces as safe for home use. There are no governing bodies or laws that regulate the use of decorative ethanol fireplaces. As long as they are installed properly and not used as a primary source of heat, there is no legal or administrative limitation for the installation of the fireplace.

In a specific scenario, there are two aspects that should be addressed.

In the case of a multi-unit residential building, the building manager should be consulted over the specific rules and codes that may exist for the unit in question.

Additionally, the insurance company should be contacted prior to installing the fireplace. Most insurance companies will require the fireplace to have a valid safety certificate.

  • Bioethanol is completely legal 

  • The building manager should be consulted

  • The insurance company should be contacted

Ethanol Fireplace Installation

Ethanol fireplaces have no flues, vents, chimneys, gas lines, or pipes, which makes installation a breeze.

Wall-mounted or hanging ethanol fireplaces are simply affixed to the wall, much in the same way a television set would be.

 Some safety precautions should be made, such as ensuring that the wall-mounted ethanol fireplace is kept at least 1 meter / 3 feet away from curtains, furniture, and other fixtures.

Freestanding models are even simpler. After the fireplace has been assembled, you simply put the burner inside, add fuel, and place the fireplace where you’d to use it. Again, you’ll want to keep a safe distance of 1 meter / 3 feet from other items. Note that there is no need to put anything underneath a freestanding ethanol fireplace either, as it will not damage the floors.

For safety reasons, many ethanol fireplaces require minimal assembly. The only tool required is a screwdriver and a few minutes to slide in the ethanol burner and attach any safety glass panels.

  • No vents or gas line
  • Freestanding ethanol fireplaces are the easiest to install

Ethanol Fireplace Inserts

If there is already a space for a traditional fireplace but with the wish to upgrade to the eco-friendly, clean-burning benefits of an ethanol fireplace, a ventless fireplace insert is a perfect solution.

Ethanol fireplace inserts can be placed into an existing closed-off fireplace with minimal installation, giving new life to old wood-burning fireplaces. Un costly gas fireplace installations, there is no need to perform any major reconstruction.

A simple insert can add greatly to the comfort of the room while being priced comparably to a freestanding ethanol fireplace.

Alternatively, the fireplace insert can be used to transform the ethanol fireplace showpiece into a single or double-sided feature wall. This style of ethanol fireplace is also known as a ‘hole in the wall’ ethanol fireplace.

  • Place in an existing fireplace 

Best Ethanol Fireplaces

The best ethanol fireplace is dependent on what you’re looking for as a consumer,  the budget and desired aesthetic. However, there are a few guidelines to help ensure you’re getting the best quality ethanol fireplace available.
First, look for ethanol fireplaces with safety certifications.

There are no laws requiring fireplace manufacturers to get these certifications, so brands that invest in them are generally more concerned about safety, bringing homeowners the peace of mind.

Second, pay attention to the materials the ethanol fireplace is made from. Heavier weight, lower gauge stainless steel generally means you’ll have a better quality burner. This means brighter flames and better safety, as cheap burners can be harder to turn off, posing a major safety risk.

Finally, don’t forget about the look of the ethanol fireplace. There is a wide range of decorative finishes and materials for ethanol fireplaces, from minimalist glass to striking natural stone or rock.

Ultimately the best ethanol fireplace is one that delivers top-notch safety, good quality manufacturing, and plenty of eye-catching styles. Check our selection of modern fireplaces on our home page! 

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