What Is A Bio Ethanol Fireplace & How Does An Ethanol Fireplace Work?


What is a bioethanol fire?

A bioethanol fire is a cleaner, safer, more eco-friendly way to enjoy a real fire in the home. The fuel doesn’t emit smoke or fumes, so you don’t need a chimney. 

Bioethanol fireplaces are simple to set up - just unpack it, fill it with bioethanol fuel, and enjoy a real flame within minutes. Or consider a wall-mounted bioethanol fireplace - it will only take an hour or so to fit.

Bioethanol fireplaces are simple to use:

Step 1:


Squeeze your bioethanol fuel into the burner box using our specially designed no-drip squeezy bottle. 



Step 2: 

Light the fuel using a standard gas lighter or extended taper. You’ll get a beautiful natural flame within minutes - almost instant cosiness! 




Step 3:


Control the flame with the closing rod supplied with your bioethanol fireplace. Use the same sliding mechanism to safely extinguish the flame when you’re done.



The benefits of bioethanol compared to log or gas fireplaces

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    Do bioethanol fireplaces require a chimney or flue?

    No. Bioethanol fireplaces don’t give off fumes or smoke, so you don’t need a flue or a chimney. However, you can install a false flue to contribute to the traditional aesthetic of your fireplace. However, it’s always a good idea to ensure that there’s adequate ventilation throughout your home - just to keep the air fresh.

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    How does a bioethanol fireplace work?

    Bioethanol fireplaces are extremely simple to use. Just pour fuel into the burner and light it. Extinguish the flame by closing the lid or using the closing rod, which starves the flame of oxygen.

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    Are bioethanol fireplaces environmentally friendly and clean?

    Bioethanol fuels burn with 98% efficiency, creating the same amount of CO2 as burning a candle. So, the environmental impact is very low. Bioethanol fireplaces don’t use logs or coal, meaning that there’s no cleaning or sweeping after use. 

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    Are bioethanol fireplaces tricky to install?

    Most free-standing bioethanol fireplaces come fully assembled. Just unpack, fill it with fuel, and it’s ready to go in minutes. Wall-mounted models require fixing to the wall - just attach the brackets and hang the fireplace. It takes about an hour and requires no specialist skills.

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    Are bio fires allowed in smoke-controlled zones?

    Yes! Bioethanol fires don’t produce smoke or environment-damaging fumes. You can use them in smoke-controlled zones.

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    Are bioethanol fires safe?

    Our bio fires have passed the new European Standard for Bioethanol Fireplaces: BS EN 16647:2015

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    How do I adjust the flame?

    You adjust the flame on your bioethanol fireplace with a simple slider, fixed to your fuel box.

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    Do I need gas or electricity?

    No. Your bioethanol fireplace runs solely on bioethanol fuel.

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    Do bioethanol fireplaces provide heat?

    Yes. Bioethanol fireplaces provide - on average - 2kW of heat output; that's around the same as an electric fire on medium. They produce a gentle heat that's less overwhelming than a traditional log burner. Your room will warm up by at least 3-4ºC.

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    Do bioethanol fires smell?

    7 years of customer feedback says “not much”. Bioethanol burns without smoke and very little odour. You may notice a faint smell when you first light the fuel or when you extinguish your bioethanol flame - similar to that of a candle. However, our bioethanol fuels are also supplied with added (environmentally friendly!) fragrance - available in vanilla, forest, or a delightfully cosy Christmassy scent (subject to time of year!).

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    Is bioethanol expensive?

    In comparison with the costs of traditional fireplace fuels, bioethanol is considerably cheaper. Our 12-pack of low odour biofuel is one of the most inexpensive ways to buy bioethanol fuel, coming in at around £3.75 per litre.

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    How long will a litre of bioethanol fuel burn for?

    On average, 1 litre of bioethanol fuel will last for around 4 hours if burning at the maximum setting or up to 8 hours at the minimum setting.

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    How do you store bioethanol fuel?

    Store your bioethanol fuel bottles in a dry, cool place, away from direct sunlight or naked flames.

What is bioethanol?

Bioethanol (sometimes simply called “ethanol”) is a renewable energy source made from sugarcane and grain crops by using yeast to ferment the sugar and starch components of the plant’s by-products.


What is a bioethanol burner?

Your bioethanol fireplace consists of:

  • The frame - the outer casing, which makes your room look fantastic
  • The burner - aka the fuel box, which creates the flame and the heat. 

Bioethanol fireplaces - what are the safety concerns?

For safety, make sure you don’t overfill your fuel box - it could waste your fuel and create a dangerously high flame. Your fuel box remains hot after extinguishing, so leave it for at least 30 minutes before moving your fireplace. 

Clean Emissions

Bioethanol fuel is produced from plant-based products. Burning bioethanol results in clean emissions - just heat, steam, and carbon dioxide.

Carbon dioxide is absorbed by plant life through photosynthesis. This infinite cycle of creation and energy combustion makes bioethanol a carbon-neutral fuel source.