Your Guide to Bioethanol Fireplace Construction
A DIY ethanol fireplace is a great option for those who want to install a convenient, modern-style fireplace in their homes.
Ethanol fireplaces can provide the light, heat, and beauty of conventional wood-burning fireplaces without causing the same environmental effects. Since they do not burn wood, they only release a very small level of carbon into the atmosphere. The levels or carbon are so small that they will not make the environment inside your home unsafe, even if you doze off and fall asleep with the fireplace burning. Also, instead of using precious fuel resources, an ethanol fireplace operates on renewable fuel made mostly from corn, which can easily be obtained after a single growing season.
The exact components of ethanol fireplaces differ depending on individual design, but the most important components are the enclosure to hold the fire source and a burning pot for the ethanol.
Generally though, ethanol fireplaces are very easy to install, so you can install one in any room using your own DIY skills.
How a Bioethanol Fireplace Works
An ethanol fireplace works by burning ethanol or denatured alcohol to generate heat and light. That’s why it is also known as a denatured alcohol fireplace. Although it pretty much works the same way as a conventional fireplace, an ethanol fireplace does not have actual logs. Instead, they have either ceramic logs usually placed on some sand, but these are only for appearances since the fireplace does not need to burn anything but the ethanol itself.
Due to this, an ethanol fireplace does not produce smoke. This means it does not require a chimney or flue, which is the main reason why DIY ethanol fireplaces are so easy to install. And of course, it also saves you from having to clean up all the dust and ash that fireplaces usually produce.
How to Build Ethanol Fireplace
There are several companies that offer ethanol fireplace insert installation kits that come with detailed instructions on how to set up an ethanol fireplace.
If you want a DIY ethanol fireplace, all you have to do is acquire one of these kits. The kit will simply give you an ethanol burner, which you can place in any kind of enclosure within your home. The only other thing you will need is some ethanol to keep the fireplace burning.
Once you have a kit ready, carefully choose the location where you want to put the fireplace.
The setup will be different depending on your preference, the space available, and the design of your home.
You can create a traditional-style fireplace, only with ethanol, but you can also make hanging fireplaces and outdoor fireplaces using ethanol.
The important thing is that you make a structure or a hole in any surface that will hold " the burner insert ". The burner can be installed within a marble or wood structure that will surround the fire that will be produced. You can then decide whether you want to make it look like a traditional fireplace by putting some ceramic logs on top of the burner. When the fireplace is turned on, it will look like it is burning some wood logs.
If you want some ideas on how to set up or incorporate a DIY ethanol fireplace into any room, just look for some photos of how other DIY homeowners have done it.
Take note that the actual design and the features of your ethanol burner will depend on what kind of kit you avail of. Some more advanced kits include a remote control that you can use to operate the fireplace from a distance. If you are not willing to spend for such additional features, just make sure you choose a good brand to ensure the quality and safety of the fireplace kit.
Once the kit has been installed, all you have to do is fill up the tank with ethanol, turn the burner on, and enjoy a safe and warm atmosphere at home.
Ethanol Fireplace Safety Tips
Always check your ethanol fireplace and maintain it properly. If an ethanol fireplace malfunctions, it can decrease oxygen levels as it releases carbon dioxide. This can cause excess humidity in your home. Proper care and maintenance, however, can help protect your home from possible problems with your DIY ethanol fireplace.