The Pros and Cons of Ethanol Fireplaces


An ethanol fireplace is something that could make a brilliant addition to any home, but not everyone finds them a joy to use. Before you spend a lot of money on getting one fitted, it makes sense to learn as much as possible about them. There are a few quirks to owning them that it’s useful to understand, and then you can make an informed decision as to whether they would be a good fit for your lifestyle.

Why Buy an Ethanol Fireplace

Perhaps the biggest advantage to getting a bioethanol fireplace is that you don’t have to have a chimney. This means that you have far more freedom as to figuring out where to install it. These fireplaces are easy to move – you can even take them with you if you move house – something that is almost impossible to do with a standard fireplace. This means that it’s a long term investment, not something that you’re going to risk losing if you have to relocate for work.

Bioethanol  burns cleanly. There’s no need to worry about smelly fumes, and there’s almost no residue produced as a by-product. When they burn, they don’t even produce ash – just water and carbon dioxide. So, there has never been a time like now to add an ethanol fireplace.

Issues With Ethanol Fireplaces

There are a few downsides to owning these fireplaces. Firstly, while they are generally very safe, they are still fires, and that means that if they are faulty or not properly taken care of there is some risk of them causing a fire. As long as you take good care of your fireplace, and choose a reputable manufacturer, you should not experience this issue, however.

Perhaps the biggest downside is that they do not produce as much heat as other kinds of fire, so if you have a large room then they might not be suitable as a standalone heater. They put out about the same amount as a single radiator, so you may still need a second heat source.