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The Complete Guide on Ethanol Fireplaces (Bio Fireplaces)

Ethanol fireplaces, also known as bio fireplaces or alcohol fireplaces, are gaining popularity as a modern, eco-friendly heating solution. They offer the warmth and ambiance of traditional fireplaces without the need for a chimney or vent. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore everything you need to know about ethanol fireplaces, from their benefits to their installation and maintenance.

What is an Bio Ethanol Fireplace?

An ethanol fireplace is a type of fireplace that burns ethanol, a clean-burning biofuel made from renewable sources like corn and sugarcane. Ethanol fireplaces use liquid alcohol as fuel, making them a cleaner and more environmentally friendly option compared to wood or gas fireplaces.

How Does an Ethanol Burning Fireplace Work?

An ethanol burning fireplace operates by using a burner filled with liquid ethanol. When ignited, the ethanol burns cleanly, producing a beautiful flame without smoke, soot, or ash. The flame can be adjusted in size and intensity, allowing you to create the perfect ambiance for any setting.

Benefits of Ethanol Fireplaces

Ethanol fireplaces offer several advantages over traditional fireplaces:

  1. Eco-Friendly: Since ethanol is made from renewable resources, ethanol fireplaces are a green alternative to wood or gas fireplaces.
  2. No Chimney Required: Ethanol fireplaces do not produce smoke, so they do not require a chimney or vent, making them easier to install.
  3. Minimal Maintenance: With no soot or ash to clean up, ethanol fireplaces are low-maintenance.
  4. Versatile Design: These fireplaces come in various styles and sizes, making them suitable for any room.
  5. Portable: Many ethanol fireplaces are freestanding and portable, allowing you to move them as needed.
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Types of Alcohol Burning Fireplaces

There are several types of ethanol fireplaces to choose from, depending on your needs and preferences:

  1. Freestanding Ethanol Fireplaces: These are standalone units that can be placed anywhere in your home.
  2. Wall-Mounted Ethanol Fireplaces: These fireplaces are mounted on the wall, similar to a flat-screen TV.
  3. Recessed Ethanol Fireplaces: These are built into the wall for a sleek, modern look.
  4. Tabletop Ethanol Fireplaces: Small and portable, these fireplaces are perfect for placing on tables or countertops.

How to Install a Bioethanol Fireplace

Installing an ethanol fireplace is relatively straightforward compared to traditional fireplaces. Here are the general steps:

  1. Choose the Location: Decide where you want to place your ethanol fireplace. Ensure it is away from flammable materials and in a well-ventilated area.
  2. Mount or Place the Fireplace: If you have a freestanding or tabletop model, simply place it in the desired location. For wall-mounted or recessed models, follow the manufacturer's instructions for mounting.
  3. Fill the Burner with Ethanol: Carefully pour the liquid ethanol into the burner, making sure not to overfill.
  4. Ignite the Flame: Use a long lighter or match to ignite the ethanol. Adjust the flame as needed.

Safety Tips for Using an Ethanol Fireplace

While ethanol fireplaces are generally safe, it's important to follow these safety tips:

  1. Use Only Approved Ethanol Fuel: Ensure you use fuel specifically designed for ethanol fireplaces.
  2. Keep Away from Flammable Materials: Place the fireplace away from curtains, furniture, and other flammable items.
  3. Never Refill a Hot Burner: Always let the burner cool completely before refilling with ethanol.
  4. Install in a Well-Ventilated Area: Although they do not produce smoke, it's still important to use ethanol fireplaces in areas with good airflow.
  5. Supervise Children and Pets: Keep children and pets away from the fireplace when in use.

Maintenance and Care for Your Ethanol Fireplace

Maintaining an ethanol fireplace is simple and involves the following steps:

  1. Clean the Burner: Wipe the burner with a damp cloth to remove any residue.
  2. Check for Leaks: Periodically inspect the fireplace for any leaks or damage.
  3. Store Fuel Properly: Keep ethanol fuel in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

Frequently Asked Questions about Ethanol or Alcohol Fireplaces

Q: How long does ethanol fuel last?
A: The burn time for ethanol fuel varies depending on the size of the burner and the flame intensity. On average, 1 liter of ethanol can burn for about 4-5 hours.

Q: Can I use my ethanol fireplace indoors?
A: Yes, ethanol fireplaces are designed for indoor use and do not require ventilation, making them suitable for any room in your home.

Q: Are ethanol fireplaces safe? 
A: Ethanol fireplaces are safe when used according to the manufacturer's instructions and safety guidelines. Always supervise the fireplace when in use and follow proper refilling procedures.

Q: Do ethanol fireplaces produce heat?
A: Yes, ethanol fireplaces produce heat, although they are not as powerful as traditional wood or gas fireplaces. They are ideal for creating ambiance and providing supplementary heat.

Q: Can I cook on an ethanol fireplace?
A: No, ethanol fireplaces are not designed for cooking and should not be used for this purpose.


Ethanol fireplaces, also known as bioethanol fireplaces or alcohol fireplaces, offer a stylish, eco-friendly alternative to traditional fireplaces. With their clean-burning fuel, minimal maintenance, and versatile designs, they are an excellent choice for anyone looking to add warmth and ambiance to their home. Whether you choose a freestanding, wall-mounted, recessed, or tabletop model, ethanol fireplaces provide a unique and efficient heating solution. For more information on our range of ethanol fireplaces, visit Greenlight Heating and discover the perfect addition to your home.

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