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Drawbacks Of Ethanol Fireplaces

Professionals within the industry are often asked critical questions about the product. It is completely understandable that potential customers would like to know about both the positive and negative aspects of the products.  If there is a comparison between ethanol vs. gas fire pits, then truly say that both have some advantages and some disadvantages.

Sales representatives of these fireplaces usually focus more on the good and ignore the bad, but that does little to help customers make the right buying choice. It is the reason why this article was composed to address the negative aspects of ethanol fireplaces.

Open Fire is Always Associated with Risk

The open fire is the greatest disadvantage with any fireplace. A live flame always poses a potential risk. It is always possible for a child, adult, or even a pet to come into contact with the flames. It is thus important for you as the customer to follow the manual the manufacturer provides.

It is also advisable to find a safe location to install your fireplace. The best placement is usually one that does not easily allow direct contact with your fireplace. If you wish to install the fireplace in a place where people will pass it such as a hallway, the best solution would be to find a model that comes with a glass cover, or adding a shelf underneath it to ensure a safe distance always between the flame and people or even pets. This all said there are many different types of ethanol fireplaces and some are very different from others in terms of safety.

The Fuel is Flammable

The bioethanol, which is a flammable fuel is another critical aspect. Traditional woodburning stoves don’t use dangerous fuel because the wood does not pose any risk in itself. On the other hand, bioethanol can be incredibly dangerous if not carefully handled. It means:

  • Good heat, but not a primary heat source
  • Always ignite the fuel using a long fireplace lighter
  • Never fuel a hot or lit fireplace
  • Always remove any spilled bioethanol
  • Always use a funnel to ensure safe filling of the bioethanol

You will experience heat instantly once you light the ethanol fireplace. It produces about 3 kW, which is sufficient for heating a living room measuring about 60 sq. meters. The fireplace, however, is not suited as a primary heat source. The explanation is rather simple: both woodburning and gas stoves have a higher output per hour, which makes them a far better option for primary heating.

The possibility of experiencing excessive heating is another disadvantage of heat. Clients often view ethanol fireplaces as being just decorative. As a result, they usually invest in fireplaces that are just too large for their space. The vast majority of homes have enough isolation and heating to obtain average living space temperatures. Adding a fireplace doesn’t increase the temperature. Consequently, it is critical to find an ethanol fireplace that matches the size of your living space.

Consuming Oxygen Just Like Candles

Oxygen is required for a flame to live as with any fire. Just like open fires or candles, an ethanol fireplace consumes some oxygen in the room. While this is in itself not an issue if space is larger than 20 sq. meters, if space is smaller, it is important to have fresh air steadily flowing in from a vent or open window.

Must Be Extinguished Before You Refuel

While you can burn wood-burning and gas stoves as long as a fuel supply is provided, ethanol fireplaces don’t burn continually. The fireplaces usually run out of fuel after 4 to 5 hours, at which point they require refueling.

If you refuel a hot fireplace, chances are high that it will burst into flames once the fuel is ignited. It is thus important to allow the fireplace to cool down slightly before you refuel it. This is also a great way to avoid refueling lit fireplaces.

Not Always Possible to Get a Demonstration

The possibility to get an actual product demonstration is a more practical drawback. The unfortunate thing is that only a handful of retailers have such fireplaces on display. It is therefore not easy to experience the fireplace before you invest in a model. Having said that, the best recommendation would be to watch videos of actual flames. However, you will hardly ever come across a person that was not satisfied by the heat or flames produced by our ethanol fireplaces.

No Embers or Sound

One of the things that people love about wood-burning stoves is the sound and its embers. However, these vibrant effects are absent with ethanol fireplaces. This is due to the clean fuel. Bioethanol does not produce smoke, soot, or ashes. While there isn’t any embers or real sound, the fire that a bioethanol fireplace produces is still incredibly vibrant and cozy. You can watch the video if you wish to get a feel of the mood they can create.

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