There is a big push throughout many industries to work on more eco-friendly and sustainable solutions for everyday usage items. For example, one of the larger areas of consumption is through the fireplace. This is whether it's at home or in a luxury hotel. Having that fireplace provides an ambience of comfort and a sense of warmth. It helps bring us to a relaxed state in an otherwise chaotic world. Yet what should we be using to fuel these fireplaces, and are some better than others? That begs the question about bioethanol fuel.
We’ll begin with what we shouldn’t use, which is traditional fossil fuels. Burning any type of fossil fuel-based gas, even natural gas, has consequential effects all around.
First, the source of obtaining, refining, and delivering this energy all has environmental effects as it requires fossil fuel to transport. Then there's the actual usage of this type of fuel that's extremely dangerous for the environment and what we're breathing. Burning fossil fuels release everything from sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, and other pollutants and particles into the air. It's not something we want to inhale, and it's not something we should be releasing too much of into the atmosphere.
We will also look at wood-burning options. It seems, at first glance, a more natural option since we're obtaining our burning source without any type of synthetic refinement and burning it. Well, in an outdoor situation, it's usually not a problem. However, more studies have looked at using wood-burning stoves and fire pits indoors as a major problem. If there isn't proper ventilation for wood burning, that smoke ends up staying inside and having those around it inhaling it. This is another source of particulates. Not to mention, consistent exposure starts to be akin to regular carcinogenic inhalation, akin to cigarette smoking.
What makes bioethanol a better primary solution for fireplaces, pits and the like? Not just as an alternative option to use once in a while, but something to actively switch to and use whenever you want to bring out that naturally ambient warmth.
The first positive of bioethanol is that it's a completely sustainable ecosystem and nearly completely fuel-efficient. It's created through a relatively simple process of fermenting sugars and starches from plants (not just edible plants but any plants) that are left away as a byproduct and using yeast. It's similar to how they produce beer, but this is at a much higher concentration of alcohol and only for firepits! Since the components are all-natural and the process is without any synthetic agents, it makes it a sustainable option.
Then it's all about the cycle of usage that comes from using bioethanol. Once made through this natural process, it's used as a combustion agent to produce heat and carbon dioxide as a byproduct of the heat. There are no other massive amounts of other types of gases or particulates due to the makeup of the bioethanol itself. Local plants then absorb that carbon dioxide and thrive off of it. These can then have use again as a source to produce more bioethanol. This cyclical renewable pattern in place can help eventually have all of us be a part of that cycle.
Because of the purity of the composition that makes bioethanol, it also produces the most aesthetically pleasing and vibrant flames possible. They'll come in a variety of rich orange tones, and it's all dependent on the bioethanol product you’re going to be using.
Other reason to consider using bioethanol as your energy source for fire pits is that they have a long burn time and are quite cost-effective. Depending on the brand, how much you open the fuel box, and what setting you set your fire pits to, a litre of bioethanol can last around one to two hours.
You may think to yourself that having a bioethanol setup is costly, cumbersome and expensive, isn't it? Quite the contrary, as you're able to save some time and effort throughout the installation process. First, you won't have to set up any additional gas or electric lines to power the fire pit. This makes it technically mobile depending on the size you're going to get. To add to the flexibility of installing a bioethanol fire pit or fireplace, you won't have to have a flue or chimney as bioethanol fueled fireplaces have no need for any specialised ventilation system. This means you really don't have a restriction on where you place your fire pit. It makes no odds if you want to make it in the living room or on the patio, just so long as there's enough space for safety.
This minimalist approach to bioethanol-based fire pits enables many sleeker and minimalist options than a traditional fire pit or fireplace. That means you have more options that will fit with your home style. As opposed to trying to style around a traditional-looking firepit that's restricted to only one part of a room.
And yes, when it comes to safety, as long as you're selecting an indoor-specific firepit or fireplace with proven regulatory credentials, it'll be a completely safe option. All any indoor fireplace it should be emitting is carbon dioxide, which is a natural byproduct that comes from any fire. It will easily dissipate throughout the home, and as mentioned above, there are no nasty particulates to inhale. These can include dangerous chemicals, ash from wood-burning, or smoke with pollutants in them.
Even though switching or converting to bioethanol fire pits is already a great start, some options are superior to others. One such option is e-NRG® which is a leading bioethanol manufacturer specifically used with fire pits and fireplaces. It’s also manufactured within the UK and passes all strict UK and global regulations making it completely compliant.
It is a great option because the purity of the fuel itself is one of the purest and safeston the market at 96.5%. When you're able to reach this level of purity, it comes with benefits to both function and form. First, you're going to get the most beautiful bright orange flame possible. This makes it look astounding wherever you're going to set up your firepit. The second is that because of its purity, you'll get the most efficiency out of it as well. It tends to burn the longest compared to competitors who offer bioethanol as a product.
The benefits don’t stop there as there’s almost no odour, smoke or ash to it that may come with other fuel options. In addition, it beats out other options such as gas, petrol or wood regarding how long it can burn. Safety is also a big plus here as the bottles containing the fuel come with a built-in flame arrester to minimise accidents and for easy refuelling.
Another factor to consider is that not only is it used in residential premises, yacht owners and designers including few of the largest hospitality brands in the world with the likes of the Hilton, Starwood, MGM and IHG group of hotels are currently using e-NRG fuel in their fire pits and fireplace. This is not only due to the sustainability aspects of bioethanol fuel, but also how beautiful they look, without breaking the bank in fuel and maintenance costs. So if you're looking for that high-quality look and feel, then make sure to use the best bioethanol to fuel your fireplace.
We're ready to help you get started on your journey of getting one of these practical yet beautiful fire pits set up wherever you want in your home. So feel free to get in touch with us here, and we'll start to show you what your options can be and what is the best overall setup for you. We'd be also happy to answer any additional questions related to bioethanol.
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