Safe Fuel Handling Tips for Your Ethanol Ventless Fireplace


Beautiful, functional and easy to maintain. These three things are among the best features of an ethanol ventless fireplace, making it a favorite go-to furnace of modern homeowners. However, a new concern has been on the rise, especially at the slow upsurge of news with regards to this fireplace’s safety. Is an ethanol fireplace safe to use at home? Let’s find out.

Truth to be told, ethanol ventless fireplaces are virtually safe. However, this is when you use it according to the manufacturer’s standards. Many consumers start shying away from this type of furnace, afraid of the instances such as fuel spillage, skin irritation and explosion when using the burner. But ethanol furnace related accidents should not be taken as a whole. There are many factors which have affected the safety of a unit. One, the ethanol fireplace should be of excellent quality and must be produced by a trusted brand. Two, users should operate the furnace with great precaution. A little bit of recklessness may cause a big damage to your property, no matter what kind of appliance you use.

Don’t let naysayers keep you from achieving a room with great interiors paired with the perfect heating unit. An ethanol fireplace can be the safest choice, as long as you stick to these reminders.

  • Remember that when you use an ethanol fireplace, you will be operating a unit with open fire and real flames. This gives you the same experience as a traditional stove, minus the wood crackling experience, the scent of the logs burning, and the soot that comes from the residue of the smoke. Just as you won't come near the fire of the traditional stove, so should you with an ethanol based unit.
  • Because it makes use of flammable gas, you want to make sure that the fuel won't come near the unit itself. Pouring ethanol into the fireplace while it is burning is dangerous. When the fuel spills, fire catches through the fluid. What you need to do is to wait until the fireplace stops giving fire and is completely cool before you reapply a can of fuel.
  • Ethanol fuel is a clean, plant-based fuel derived from crops--corn, wheat and the likes. It does not produce fumes or smoke, but it also requires oxygen to run. Operating an ethanol fireplace inside an enclosed room might cause some problems; you might experience difficulty in breathing. Thus, proper air circulation is a must. Open your windows a bit and let the air come back and forth.
  • Setting the unit on fire is easy, but must be done with caution. Never let your hand or your face get near the unit. Use a long matchstick or a lengthy flicker to set the fuel on fire. When the ethanol oil gets on your skin, wash it immediately and if allergies occur, consult your physician.
  • The burner is the most important part of the furnace. This is where the fuel is transformed into a beautiful row of fire, dancing and keeping you warm. It is important therefore, to purchase a quality burner. Some burners made of cheap materials can easily overheat and may cause explosions. Buy only from reliable manufacturers and brand known for their integrity.

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