Bioethanol fire or electric fire?
Choosing between a bioethanol fireplace and an electric fireplace can be difficult as there are pros and cons to both. Why should you choose one above the other? This article is attempting to provide some information regarding both and why you should choose a bioethanol fireplace over an electric fire.
Electric fires have gained increasing interest in the last couple of years. This is mainly due to the advantage of it being easy to install and maintain. At the same time it is a cost-efficient way of heating a room. However, it does not have the same heating abilities as a traditional fireplace.
In order to provide an overview of the pros and cons regarding having an electric fire, we have set up a list:
Pros on having an electric fire:
- No dangerous fumes
- Does not emit soot or ashes
- Does not require a chimney
- Is easy and swift to start
- Has a good heating effect
- No fire risk
Cons on having an electric fire:
- Does require electricity
- Does not provide real flames
- Lower durability than other fireplaces
- Often more expensive
The biggest con regarding an electric fire is the lack of a real flame. Many associate a fireplace with having a real lively flame, so despite some newer and expensive modern electric fires have a "real" flame effect, it will not have the same relaxing effect as having a real flame.
Many people do not know about the possibilities of having a bioethanol fireplace. The bioethanol fireplace does not emit any dangerous fumes and instead combusts on organic fuel. We have made a list showing the pros and cons of having a bioethanol fireplace:
Pros on having a bioethanol fireplace:
- Authentic living flame
- Does not require a chimney
- Combusts on organic fuel
- Does not emit soot, ash or dangerous fumes
- Only requires bioethanol to ignite
- Can be a secondary source of heat
- Is very mobile
- Can both be used in small rooms, flats or around the house at it requires little to no ventilation
Cons on having a bioethanol fireplace:
- Requires refilling every once in a while
- Can be more expensive than electric fires due to rebuying bioethanol
- Cannot be ignited without producing heat
The biggest pro of having a bioethanol fireplace is the authentic living flame which is something that neither an electric fire nor a gas fire can produce. The living flame is often what people associate with having a fireplace, where bioethanol has the effect of creating a living flame when combusted.
Electric fire and bioethanol fire have a lot of the same pros in certain areas. For instance, both are easy and swift to install, require no chimney, and do not emit any ash or soot when ignited. However, the biggest difference is the ambience and warmth that an authentic living flame from a bioethanol fireplace provides.
Furthermore, bioethanol fireplaces can be very mobile if they are not built in a wall or are wall-mounted. Similar to the freestanding and tabletop fireplaces, they can be placed and replaced wherever you want. Are you enjoying your evening outside? Just take your bioethanol fireplace with you, fill it and ignite it. Voila! You now have a gathering point for your family outside. Need a relaxing atmosphere with a book on a Sunday afternoon? Take your bio fireplace inside, ignite it and you have now created a cozy and relaxed atmosphere for reading your book.
The possibilities are endless. Although both fireplaces share many of the same pros and cons, the authentic living flame can only be created in a bioethanol fireplace.