Safety certificates for our bio fires

Always be sure to shop safely when you buy your bioethanol fireplace. Fire can be dangerous if the bio fire is not of the high quality or it is not used with respect. In the past there have been stories about the explosions published where the bio fire took the main part in it. These accidents have been caused by either improper use or poor quality of bio fireplace. Therefore, European institutions have intervened in the market. 

TÜV security approval: DS/EN 16647:2015

DS/EN 16647:2015 is aimed at the bio fireplace industry and involves the following standards: 

Fireplace for liquid fuel. Including decorative devices that provide flames and fire based on alcohol-based fuel or gel fuel and are made for use in private households. 

Therefore, the certificate is an European standard that applies to decorative fireplaces or household appliances which, when ignited, produce flame by means of alcohol, which in this case is bioethanol. 

The requirements also apply if the bio fireplaces are used outside the private households. There may even be additional rules in connection with the use of bio fireplaces in outdoor areas. 

This European standard applies to free standing, table, floor, wall hanging and built in fireplace inserts. The fireplace must have a maximum heat output of 4.5 kW per hour. In addition, the rules apply to units that are ready to use, where the burner is an integral part of the bio fireplace. Conversely, the standard does not apply to appliances where the fuel tank is separated from the apparatus. 

The standard is also not applicable to devices specially designed for heating food or hot plates / elements that can be used for food to keep the product warm. The same goes for products used on boats, caravans, other vehicles or outdoor areas. 

The European standard does not apply to bio fireplaces with heat output exceeding 4.5 kW per hour or is defined as the primary heat source. However, it must be reserved for authorities to regulate the requirements of the fireplaces, which may be limited to a power lower than 4.5 kW. 


These elements are included as a part of the requirements:

Description  Status
General
Burner capacity
Construction
Material
Stability test
Switching the device
Tilt and slide test

Collision test
Tilting with stress 
Stress test

Storage of fuel tank

Fuel consumption
Fire safety
Safety instructions


CE safety approval

The CE-marketing is a European scheme, which often applies in the electronics industry, where this labeling is often required. Earlier in 2009 our supplier received this certificate. However, it is more relevant with TÜV approval, which is specifically aimed at bio fireplaces. The CE marketing does not have any direct approval for bioethanol fireplaces, which is why it seems to be less relevant to this industry. Therefore, we refer to more professional tests such as TÜV and especially the latest EU standards in EN 16647: 2015, which focuses exclusively on fireplaces with alcohol-based fuel. 


See all of our safety-approved bio fires here.