Are ethanol fireplaces dangerous?
As with any type of fireplace that produces fire and heat, ethanol fireplaces must be used correctly. Although they are extremely easy to use, we do supply a simple to use instruction manual which should be read before use. The manual will remind you, for example, that you should always wait until the fuel box has cooled to room temperature before refilling, and that you must not overfill the fuel box with biofuel, as spillages can of course catch alight if not cleaned up for example. Most of our fuel boxes have a patented non-spill feature, which helps reduce the possibility of liquid fuel spilling out when the fireplace is accidentally knocked. Nevertheless, since safety should always be the first priority, we would request that you read the safety manual before use.
What about carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide?
Carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide are present in any fire source, even tea lights, but the British and European Standard for biofires (BS EN 16647), states that the emissions from biofires must be within a permitted level. Our bifories are tested by TUV, and comply with these requirements. Even so, we also recommend regular ventilation of the room in which a biofire is placed. For example, refreshing the air after each litre of biofuel is burned (eg every 3 to 4 hours of use). For your own additional peace of mind, you can of course also have a carbon monoxide/dioxide detector placed in the room. Many of our customers have one of these detectors anyway, as they are very useful for detecting other potential sources of pollutants commonly found in homes, such as woodburners or a potentially faulty boiler.