Ethanol Firepits And Fireplaces | Maintenance and Installation Guide
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Installation Made EasyUnlike traditional wood-burning or gas fireplaces, ethanol fireplaces do not require the addition of a chimney or flue. This is a massive advantage, as it opens up a plethora of possibilities for installation locations. You're not limited by the need for venting, which means an ethanol fireplace can be installed virtually anywhere - in a living room, a bedroom, an office, or even outdoors.
No Chimney or Flue NeededIn conventional fireplaces, a chimney or flue is necessary to safely vent the smoke and gases produced during combustion. However, with an ethanol fireplace, the bioethanol fuel burns cleanly, producing only heat, water vapor, and a small amount of carbon dioxide. This eliminates the need for a chimney or flue, simplifying the installation process considerably.
PortabilityMany ethanol fireplace models are portable, providing even more flexibility. They can be moved from room to room, or even taken outside for a special occasion. This portability also means you can change the look and feel of a room quickly and easily by simply moving your fireplace.
While the installation process of an ethanol fireplace is much more straightforward than traditional models, it's still advised to involve a professional, particularly for wall-mounted or built-in models. They will ensure the fireplace is installed securely and safely, meeting any relevant building regulations.
After installation Use of Ethanol Fire Pits & Fire Places
- Always follow the manufacturer instructions and any manuals received with the fireplace and fire pit
- Ensure the burner is empty, that there is no build up or foreign substances, and is at ambient temperature
- Fill the fuel burner no higher than the maximum level indicator. Always make sure the correct ethanol fuel is used (remove the filling fuel away from the firepit after filling)
- Use the suggested lighting source (match/firelighter) or the inbuilt pilot (for certain models) to light the burner.
- It may take 30 seconds to 30 minutes for the flame to reach its maximum height and intensity.
- Extinguish the flame after use. Some models require a lid, other models can be stopped via a supplied remote. Don't leave flames burning and unattended.
Simple Maintenance RoutineThe ease of maintenance is another appealing feature of ethanol fireplaces. They are far less demanding than their traditional counterparts, but like any appliance, they still require some care to keep them running smoothly and safely.
Regular CleaningRegularly cleaning your ethanol fireplace will prevent the build-up of dust and dirt, which could otherwise affect its operation. Wiping down the exterior with a soft, dry cloth is usually sufficient. The interior of the burner can be cleaned with a damp cloth, but ensure the fireplace is completely cool before doing so.
Check the Burner and Fuel Box
Regularly inspect the burner and fuel box for any signs of damage or wear. This includes looking for any leaks or unusual discoloration. If you notice anything unusual, stop using the fireplace and consult with a professional.
- Typically, the burner will need cleaning every 40-60 L of fuel use, or if it appears visibly dirty (a black residue appears).
- Always ensure the burner is off and that it is at ambient temperature and there is no fuel (ethanol) remaining.
- Use a general cleaner (such as a kitchen multi-purpose spray). If the burner has a noticeable grain you should wipe in the same direction. use a soft cloth, so not to scratch the burner (stay away from wire brushes and steel wool).
- If any loose objects or dirt has fallen into the burner, remove it with a handheld vacuum or vacuum attachment.
- The burner, if possible, should be removable and you may wish to do this and wash in a gentle soap water solution prepared in hot water. This may be necessary after many cycles of use, if there is a strong smell or built up residue.
- A typical glass cleaner can be used for the glass screens that are usually present in ethanol fireplaces.
Fuel StorageStore your bioethanol fuel safely, away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Always ensure the fuel bottle is tightly sealed to prevent spillage or evaporation.
Use Quality BioethanolFor optimal performance, use high-quality, pure bioethanol fuel. Lower-quality fuels can leave residue in the burner, affecting performance and potentially posing a safety risk.
Never Leave the Fireplace Unattended
As with any open flame, never leave an ethanol fireplace unattended. When you're finished using it, always extinguish the flame completely.
By understanding the straightforward installation process and maintenance requirements of an ethanol fireplace, you can enjoy its aesthetic appeal and warmth with minimal fuss. They are an excellent option for those who want the ambiance of a traditional fireplace but with a modern, convenient twist.
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FAQ - Ethanol Fire Pits and Fireplaces
What are the advantages of ethanol fireplaces?
Ethanol fireplaces offer a combination of visual appeal, functional heat output, and easy installation and maintenance. They provide the coziness of a fireplace without the need for traditional installation headaches and upkeep demands.
Do ethanol fireplaces require a chimney or flue?
No, unlike wood-burning or gas fireplaces, ethanol fireplaces do not require a chimney or flue. This allows for greater flexibility in choosing installation locations. They can be installed virtually anywhere, whether it's indoors in a living room, bedroom, or office, or even outdoors.
Are ethanol fireplaces portable?
Yes, many ethanol fireplace models are portable, providing flexibility in moving them from room to room or taking them outside for special occasions. Changing the look and feel of a room is made quick and easy by simply moving the fireplace.
Should I involve a professional for installation?
How should I use an ethanol fire pit or fireplace after installation?
How do I maintain an ethanol fireplace?
Ethanol fireplaces require simple maintenance routines. Regularly clean the exterior with a soft, dry cloth. Use a damp cloth to clean the interior of the burner, ensuring the fireplace is completely cool. Check the burner and fuel box regularly for any signs of damage or wear.
Clean the burner when necessary, following specific instructions and using appropriate cleaning agents. Always store bioethanol fuel safely and use high-quality, pure bioethanol for optimal performance.
Can I leave an ethanol fireplace unattended?
No, as with any open flame, it is essential never to leave an ethanol fireplace unattended. Always extinguish the flame completely when you have finished using it.
By understanding the installation process and maintenance requirements of ethanol fireplaces, you can enjoy the aesthetic appeal and warmth they provide with minimal fuss. They offer a convenient and modern twist on the ambiance of a traditional fireplace.
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