Most of us love a fireplace, enjoying the ambiance and the fact it instills a certain romance, invoking thoughts of yesteryear, allowing us to feel we’re that much closer to nature. However the truth of the matter is somewhat different, and in recent years (as a society) we’ve become more environmentally conscious. And while trees are a renewable energy source, they often take a full generation or more to for re-growth. An ethanol fireplace, can invoke many of the same sensations, however it is a renewable energy source they can actually save you money, protect the environment, and renews itself on a yarly basis.
While a log fireplace, or wood-burning stove, dates to our grandparent’s time, having been used efficiently for generations to heat homes worldwide, the constant logging of trees has caused many areas to be stripped bare of their renewable resources. Ethanol fireplaces can warm a room, provide the memorable experience of gathering around a fire, but it can be done without engaging the guilt of knowing our pleasure could be hurting the planet.
Additionally, a wood burning fireplace needs fairly constant attention, keeping it clean, adding more wood, carting off ashes, and no matter how tightly shut the hamper, there always seems to be smoke getting into the room. This is annoying to everyone and it could be a health hazard to those with allergies. Add in the fact ashes must be continually dealt with, wood must be bought or cut, the chimney cleaned (at a minimum once a year), and a wood burning fireplace, may lose some of its romance. And while much of this could be relegated to a “chimney sweep”, few want to spend the additional money to hire a professional, if one could even be found in today’s high tech world.
There are of course solutions, one is too simply to get rid of the chimney, but wouldn’t that mean eliminating the fireplace? Not at all, chimneyless fireplaces are used on a regular basis, providing all the romance of an old-fashioned wood-burning fireplace, but without the mess or environmental concerns. While it might be hard to believe, an ethanol burning fire gives off no fumes, only a small amount of steam/water vapor (it does produce carbon dioxide, as does any flame). This means an ethanol burning fireplace can allow you to have the best of both worlds.
While it’s certainly possible to purchase a new chimney free fireplace, it’s also possible to upgrade your existing one in order to be more environmentally conscious and to utilize money saving alternatives. One option is to install a gas burning fireplace insert, which effectively looks and feels like a regular fireplace, but is fueled not by wood, but propane normally buried underground or hidden on the property. There is also the option of using natural gas, though you’ll need to hire a professional to install it, as well as pay monthly on your utility bill for gas usage.
A much better option for both pocketbook and the environment is the ethanol fireplace. Ethanol is currently used in car fuels, has a low environmental impact, and ethanol fireplaces are becoming increasingly popular. Based on the increased demand, it should prove a simple matter to find a reputable dealer in your local area.
An ethanol fireplace, as you would expect, burns ethanol which is derived from plants. While you may or may not be familiar with the particulars, they are becoming very popular based on their money saving fuel usage, heating efficiency and ease of use as compared to traditional fireplaces. That said, there’s no need to purchase an ethanol burning fireplace based on trends, this should only be done only if you can see evidence of the cost savings and heating efficiency. I’m happy to report that ethanol burning fireplaces have proven to have a positive cost–benefit ratio, the facts below should help answer many of your questions
Ethanol has proved effective as a heating fuel, it is easy to find, affordable to use, and can be purchased in bulk if desired. To utilize a wood-burning fireplace for one winter, you would need approximately 1 ton of wood, and while the price varies depending on location, it can be quite expensive. Utilizing an ethanol burning fireplace approximately 3 hours a day, five days a week, for four months (the average winter) would cost about half that amount (dependent on burner capacity, flap settings, and outside temperatures).
2. HEATING EFFICIENCY
One of the primary reasons an ethanol fireplace is effective is because it’s chimneyless. This means two things…
One, there is no need to construct a chimney if you don’t already have one.
And two, there is no heat lost up the chimney as in a wood-burning fireplace or stove.
Often people think they might need to purchase multiple ethanol fireplaces to heat a large room; however this usually not the case. Many report being able to easily heat large rooms with only a single ethanol burning fireplace based on their efficientcy.
3. VENTLESS HEATING
Another important consideration is the fact ethanol burning fireplaces do not need venting. This is based on the fact they do not produce smoke, making them an excellent choice for people with allergies, or who may wish to avoid a smoky environment.
4. ON BEING PORTABLE
Another money-saving feature is the fact that in most cases, you can take it with you when/if you move. This based on the fact that an ethanol burning fireplace does not require a chimney, there is nothing to deconstruct if a move is required.
Facts concerning Ethanol Burning Fireplaces
The burning process of ethanol does not produce any harmful scent, unlike natural gas and wood-burning fireplaces.
There is no smoke, making an ethanol burning fireplace an excellent choice for anyone suffering from allergies.
Since no wood one is burned, no ash is created and no cleanup is necessary, only minor maintenance.
Should the need arise to move from one room to another, or from one home to another, this can easily be done since there is no chimney or pipes connected to the wall
Ethanol burning fireplaces are manufactured for ease of use, simply fill the tank and light the fire.
Bioethanol is a extremely clean burning, safe and environmentally friendly. Burners are certified to strict safety regulations, and in most cases are equipped with a glass wall for additional protection.
Ethanol burning fireplaces, unlike those attached to natural gas lines, are not prone to leakage, meaning the potential for harmful fumes is eliminated.
Ethanol burning fireplaces can be easily adjusted by changing the position of a single flap.
Place them exactly where needed, since there is no need to attach to a wall or chimney.
Based on comparison costs, running an ethanol burning fireplace, is extremely economical.
It is no longer a question on whether or not an ethanol burning fireplace is cost effective, simply if it is the right choice for you.