These are some of the many questions our sister company TopEco Home get asked a lot, especially now bioethanol fuel is trending red hot right now.
This page aims to answer these common fire pit and fireplace questions...
So, read on!
You may have seen an increase in bioethanol firepits and firepit tables appearing on the internet lately, and that's because they are a much better, more environmentally friendlier option.
Did you know that fireplaces that burn gas or wood must not be used inside?
Data shows that gas-burning fireplaces, wood-burning stoves and log fireplaces can be very harmful to your health.
On the other hand, fireplaces that burn on bioethanol fuel are safe for use indoors and outdoors.
An improperly maintained or ventilated gas fireplace can create incomplete combustion, creating carbon monoxide and causing toxic gas to linger in the air, putting people and animals inside at risk of being poisoned.
Emissions from wood smoke can cause coughing, wheezing, asthma attacks, heart attacks, lung cancer, and premature death, among other health effects. Many of the pollutants from wood smoke can worsen air quality indoors and outdoors.
"I think most people are familiar with the fact that burning coal produces a variety of nasty gases – many of which can be incredibly harmful to people without proper ventilation or a path for gases to exhaust. What fewer people realise is that the ash left behind from burning coal, which sits in your fireplace at the heart of your living room, can be more harmful over the long term, especially when it is unsettled and disperses into the air. These ash particulates can get trapped in your lungs and settle in mucus linings, and ash components such as silica, if inhaled, can lead to silicosis – which is a very harmful condition. There are many other compounds in ash that can irritate the respiratory system, the eyes or even your skin."
Dr Martin Taylor, from the Energy & Environment Institute at the University of Hull
Bioethanol (also known as methylated spirits or simply ethanol) is a form of renewable energy. It's a transparent, colourless liquid commonly made from fermenting sugar and starch components of plant by-products like sugarcane and grain crops. Bioethanol does not contain any pollutants, carbon monoxide, and other impurities that wood, gas and other sources of fuel release when being burned. And it turns out it is one of the safest fuel options out there.
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Burning bioethanol fuel creates a beautiful, lively dancing orange flame that is simply mesmerising. And because they don't need a flue or chimney, you can now enjoy an open fire more efficiently than ever before - even in a high rise building.
Bioethanol fires are not expensive to run compared with the cost of running wood or gas fires, and when compared with the operating expenses of other fireplace types, biofuel fires came out cheapest.
In general, a 1 litre of bioethanol fuel would last from 4 hours on the maximum setting and up to 8 hours on minimum setting.
Put in perspective, in order to operate a 40,000 BTU/hour gas fireplace it would cost you roughly around 38p per hour to operate for natural gas and about £1.23/hour for propane.
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. Bioethanol fuel can be produced from corn, potatoes, milk, rice, beetroot, grapes, bananas, and dates, depending on the agricultural strength of the country it is produced within.
Bioethanol fuel is clean-burning and sustainable and fuels some of the most eco-friendly fires available today. The application possibilities are excitingly versatile with practical uses indoors and outdoors, and with no smoke, soot, or ash to worry about, bioethanol is man's new best friend.
"The strategic advantage of the Biofuels Program is that it speaks to more than one important issue on the national agenda... The program attacks four major national issues:
National initiatives in these areas are embodied in four major pieces of legislation developed over the past ten years:
We should see bioethanol as one part of a comprehensive portfolio of technological and policy solutions... let us not forget that bioethanol has equally important impacts on questions of national energy security and other environmental issues.... We are not done in our efforts to understand bioethanol's impacts. The analysis shown here is part of an ongoing effort to continually re-assess our situation with new data and to continually seek out ways to improve bioethanol's potential impact on climate change."
by John Sheehan - National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Bioethanol fuel solutions are everywhere right now and not without good reason. During combustion, the emissions from bioethanol are heat, steam and a small amount of Carbon Dioxide. And of course, we all know that carbon dioxide is absorbed by plants then processed via photosynthesis to help the plant grow.
This infinite cycle of creation and energy combustion makes bioethanol a carbon-neutral fuel source.
Great for the environment and very eco-friendly.