Ethanol Vs. Gas Fireplace: Which is Better?


We're putting two of the most famous fireplaces head to head: the gas fireplace, and the ethanol fireplace. Gas fireplaces are well-loved because they are cheaper than the traditional wood-burning chimneys, yet produces almost the similar amount of heat. Ethanol fireplaces, however, are taking over the eco-friendly, sustainable demographic by storm. Thanks to its clean fuel, this fireplace produces no toxic residues and can be used without vents. There are many key differences between these two furnace types, and we'll dig deeper into both aspects so you can see which one fits your lifestyle better.

Heat Factor

This is one stand-out point among the two. While both units produce real flames, you may be surprised how there is a great difference in the amount of heat they produce. No doubt, gas fireplaces offers more heat than the ethanol fireplace. The first is a working fireplace that require gas lines and vents, and the latter is mostly used for its ambient decor features. However, most of the time, not more than 3kW heat is needed, especially for spaces that uses something else as primary heating. In this case, ethanol fireplaces are the better choice, since the fire it produces are used 100% and does not escape the flues, unlike the gas fireplace.

Into Inserts?

Do you have a traditional fireplace and want to overhaul it into something easy and modern? Both gas and ethanol fireplaces can be used as inserts. In fact, the limitations imposed by the wood stoves are completely removed when using these two alternatives as built-in furnaces. However, you should know that gas fireplaces are costlier, as its installation requires more details.  This includes installation, placement of proper venting, the setup of pipes for the gas and the checking of pressure from the main gas supply. On the other hand, ethanol fireplace does not require most of those demands. No need to check for leaks or test the pressure from a fuel supply. You can purchase a unit, have it installed, and operate it on your own. Some models can be installed recessed in the walls, and others are freestanding units, which requires no installation.

Under Use

There is a distinct difference when it comes to gas and ethanol fireplace operation. Gas fireplaces produces better heating that it could be used as a primary heating source. It, however, does not suit small rooms. Fire, as you may know, eats up oxygen, and placing this furnace inside a limited space might put you and your family at risk. Smaller spaces are what ethanol fireplaces are most suited. It can heat a 20 square meter room without any issues.

Both fireplaces can be ignited with a remote control system. Ethanol fireplaces, however, are commonly lit manually. You can fill its fuel reservoir by hand and ignite it with a lighter. Both produces real flames; gas furnaces have constant flames while the ethanol variety has dancing, lively flames that offers a lovely visual treat.

Not that you know these details, which one do you thing fits your lifestyle more? If your pick is ethanol fireplace, great choice! This eco-friendly fireplace is a favorite by many modern homes. Buy yours from the pros; visit our store today!

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  • Caris Cruz