During autumn and wintertime, the cold weather outside makes us all want to hibernate inside with a blanket and a good book or tv-show.
But to make things even more cosy, a fireplace can be an excellent way of not only heating up your place, but also a beautiful addition to your home. And it can be environmentally friendly as well.
An eco-friendly fireplace
In these times when many are struggling, eco-friendly items are not only trending more than ever, they are becoming essencial, as many people wish to have a more sustainable and affordable lifestyle. Thankfully, bioethanol fireplaces can also be more eco-friendly than the usual gas fireplace. As a fireplace using bio ethanol fire is environmentally friendly, as gas burns fossile fuels. Plus, bioethanol doesn’t need a chimney or fuel, it reduces the cost of instalation and upkeep.
Bioethanol is alcohol made of organic materials, and it is made from the residue of plants like potatoes or corn. Bioethanol is CO2-neutral, which means that the plants that are used to make the bioethanol absorb CO2 from the atmosphere whilst growning and then release the CO2 back into the atmosphere when you fire up your fireplace.
How to use a bioethanol fireplace
A bioethanol fireplace can be found in a variety of modern designs. They can be found as tabletop fireplaces, wallmounted fireplaces and free-standing fireplaces. The installation process differs from the usual type of fireplace, but there will be detailed instructions to follow, if not contact a professional.
When installed, you will need to fill the fireplace with bioethanol through an automatic or manual burner. Most fireplaces today are installed with a manual burner, where you need to fill bioethanol dirrectly into the burner. When using a bioethanol fireplace, you don’t need a chimney or an extractor, as it only emits CO2, heat and evaporated water. But with the modern designs, they still provide the cosy feeling of an open fire.
The disadvantages of a wood-burning fireplace
Even though many still prefer wood burning fireplaces, as it is a big luxury and especially because it creats a cosy feel within the home, there are some disadvantages, which can lead homeowners to buy an eco-friendly fireplace instead.
First of all, when people have a busy lifestyle they may not have the time to put aside to find a firewood supplier. They may even need to not only buy the wood but chop the wood too, which can be really time consuming and inconvenient if you haven’t got the tools and space to do so. Talking about space, you also need the room to store the firewood correctly, so that the wood will dry out ready for when you need to burn it.
Wood-burning fireplaces can also be a safety hazard if you breath in the smoke, esecially if you have asthma or COPD. Breathing in smoke from a poorly lite fire can have health cosiqueces and if the ashes are still warm, the fire could re-sparked, and be burning away whilst your asleep. Fires should never be left unattended!