Posted January 19, 2015 by Gabriel Posternak

Are Ethanol Fireplaces Safe?

With so many of us trying to find new and creative ways to save money while saving the planet, it can get a bit confusing as well as a bit daunting. This is especially true when it comes to heating your homes. With so many options and systems available, green living and Eco friendly heating systems can leave one with many questions.

One of those questions is, are ethanol fireplaces safe? Well, just as with anything else, there are ups and downs of owning an ethanol fireplace.

The Benefits

Depending on what your needs are or what you are looking for, ethanol fireplaces can be a benefit to you, especially if you are not looking to use one as a primary source for heating your home. The fuel used in an ethanol fireplace is also known as denatured ethanol or bio ethanol. Bio ethanol, or more commonly referred to as ethanol, is a renewable form of energy utilizing byproducts of plants, such as sugarcane, grain, and yeast. Corn, potatoes, and rice are also considerations

One of the benefits may be in the fact that you have the option to choose a mobile floor model. This means that it is more versatile than a standalone fireplace. You can use it outside on your brick patio or inside your home. Another benefit is that there are no dangerous fumes to be concerned about when using an ethanol fireplace. This is why you do not need to worry about having a chimney or flue to clean every year. This minimizes the worry that traditional fireplaces have. .

Cleanup is easier with this type of fireplace than with traditional fireplaces. You will not have to deal with ashes or soot. Of course, not having to deal with ashes or soot or any dangerous fumes when burning makes ethanol fireplaces a bit safer.

Another bonus is that these types of fireplaces are simple and easy to use. There’s no struggling with crumpling up old newspapers or lots of attempts to light a fire.

The Downside

Whenever there is fire involved, there’s always costs the concern. Safety issues are always present when dealing with anything involving fire, fuel, and igniting same. One of the best ways to ensure safety, is to educate yourself on a particular brand you wish to purchase, do your research, and speak to several, not just one, but a few retailers and business owners that are well informed about ethanol fireplaces.

So there you have it, some of the ups and some of the downsides of ethanol fireplaces. Just as with any other decision, it is important to gather as much information and to be an informed consumer from many sources. Ready to start your #Change4Better?

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