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

What is a bioethanol fire?

The idea behind this is that it is a cleaner, safer and more eco-friendly way to enjoy a real fire in the home. They are not intended to replace the primary heating source in your home, eg central heating. Biothanol fires do not require a chimney as they do not emit smoke, soot or ash. What’s more, you will be ready to use your biofire in just a few minutes after receiving it, and even it its one of the wall-mounted range, it will only take an hour or so to fit to the wall. 

They may sound complicated, but a bio ethanol fireplace is really easy to use.

Step 1:

Just squeeze the bioethanol fuel from our ‘squeezy’ bottles into the burner box supplied with your fireplace.


Step 2: 

Using a gas-lighter-style tool or extended taper, light the bioethanol fuel. Within just a few minutes, a lovely natural and cosy flame will appear.



Step 3:


Use the metal closing rod supplied to pull/ push the sliding mechanism over the flame to adjust or extinguish the flame.


Benefits of bioethanol compared to log or gas fireplaces

  • Do bioethanol fireplaces require a chimney?

    We often get asked the question ‘Do you need a chimney for a bioethanol fireplace?’ The answer is a definite ‘no’! Fortunately, our biofires do not give off any smoke so you do not need a chimney for the smoke to escape through. This is because biofires run on a type of fuel that burns cleanly and produces only heat, carbon dioxide and vapour in permitted levels.  

  • Do bioethanol fireplaces need a flue?

    Again, the fact that biofires do not produce smoke or a significant amount of emissions means that you do not require a flue. In fact, almost anyone can install one of our bioethanol fireplaces, flue or no flue. It should be noted, however, that allowing a little ventilation to flow through your home is a good idea if you own a fireplace. This is because it will keep the air fresh. 


  • Are bioethanol fireplaces environmentally friendly and clean?

    Bioethanol fuel burns with 98% efficiency, so it burns cleanly with no unpleasant residue.

  • Are biofires tricky to install?

    Many of our free-standing bioethanol fireplaces come fully assembled, whilst others are wall-mounted in an hour or less/

  • Are biofires allowed in smoke-controlled zones?

    Yes! Since our bioethanol fireplaces do not produce smoke, they are permitted in geographical areas that have smoke controlled zones.

  • Are bioethanol fires safe?

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

  • How can I adjust the flame?

    It is easy to adjust the flame size or heat output of most of our real-flame bioethanol fireplaces. You simply need to get to grips with the simple slider that features on all of our fuel boxes.

  • Do I need gas or electricity?

    No! All you need is a bioethanol fireplace and some special biofire fuel. That’s it! Nothing else. No gas or electric source.

  • Is the flame warm?

    Our biofires give off real heat from a real flame. Nothing artificial here!

What is bioethanol? How does bioethanol work?

Bioethanol - or simply ‘ethanol’ is a renewable energy source made by fermenting the sugar and starch components of plant by-products - mainly sugarcane and crops like grain, using yeast.

What is a bioethanol burner?

A bioethanol burner is essentially the part of the bioethanol fireplace into which you need to pour your biofuel. It’s therefore often also called a fuel box! Whilst your fireplace frame is the element that will help to make your room look fantastic, the burner is the technical part that will help it to glow with a warm and cosy flame. It sits inside the fireplace itself and can be adjusted depending on the desired strength of your flame. 

There are, of course, a few safety points to note with your burner. Firstly, remember not to overfill it. As well as potentially wasting fuel, this could produce an unwieldy flame that could pose a few safety issues. There are indicators inside the fuel box to show you where to fill to.  Secondly, remember that the burner will remain hot after you have turned your fireplace off. Whilst it may be tempting to check how much fuel has burned out, you should leave the fireplace at least 30 minutes to cool off before moving or closing the burner.

Clean Emission

Bioethanol fuel is completely composed of biological products. The combustion of bio ethanol results in a clean emission: Heat, Steam and Carbon Dioxide.

Carbon dioxide is absorbed by plants. It is then processed via photosynthesis to help the plant grow. This infinite cycle of creation and combustion of energy makes bio ethanol a carbon neutral fuel source.

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