5 Things You Need to Know About Ethanol Fireplaces
There’s a big misconception that bio-ethanol fireplaces are no different than that of any other gas fireplace. But this couldn’t be more untrue. Bio-ethanol fireplaces are in a category all its own and really can’t be compared to any other type. In addition, ethanol fireplaces offer so much more for todays consumer and is one of the best choices among fireplace options today. Here’s why.
1) Environmentally Friendly
In today’s world it’s all about going green, reducing your carbon footprint, and reducing environmental impacts in any way we can. Having a wood burning fireplace is nice, but think about how much wood it will burn each year. Bio-ethanol fireplaces burn pure ethanol liquid gas which leaves zero emissions and has the smallest impact on the environment than any other source of heat.
2) More Efficient
How much square footage a fireplace can heat up depends on the size of the unit and the volume of the burning source. But it is clear then ethanol fireplaces burn more efficiently than that of a wood burning one. You can see those results in a comparison of kilowatts of heat per hour burned. A wood fireplace that heats at an average of 8-10 KW/Hr is the same as an ethanol one which heats 12 KW/Hr.
3) No Mess
Because ethanol fireplaces don’t require wood or other material to burn, there’s no mess left behind to clean up. The liquid gas completely evaporates as it burns and only a quick clean up every now an then to remove left over residue is required, which is a lot better than maintaining an ash producing fireplace and chimney stack.
With a traditional wood burning fireplace you need proper clearance in the room to allow for a hearth and a safe burning zone. You also have to have a chimney and proper venting which has to be inspected on a regular basis. With an ethanol fireplace you don’t’ need any of that. They require zero venting because the fuel burns clean. No emissions, no CO2 risks, no smoke, and no mess. The other beauty of this feature is that you can take your ethanol fireplace insert with you if you move.
5) Cost Efficient
In terms of cost comparisons, a bio-ethanol fireplace is less expensive over time than that of a conventional wood burning fireplace. The unit may cost more but the fuel costs pennies compared to the price of wood and then maintenance costs involved with keeping up a wood burning fireplace.
So, with all of these features and benefits, why wouldn’t you opt for the more environmentally friendly and costs efficient fireplace choice? Check out some great models here and find the best ethanol fireplace for your home.
- Candace Osmond