How to make a homemade bioethanol fireplace

tips on how to make a homemade bioethanol fireplace

Come winter, the increase in heating and fireplaces makes many people want to build their own home fireplaces. many people wonder how to make a homemade bioethanol fireplace that emits little smoke. Following the simple steps and with the correct materials can be done perfectly.

In this article we are going to tell you about the steps to learn how to make a homemade bioethanol fireplace that emits few smoke.

What is a bioethanol fireplace

how to make a homemade bioethanol fireplace

The first thing to define is what a bioethanol fireplace is. A bioethanol fireplace, also called a bioethanol stove, is a fireplace or stove that runs on bioethanol as fuel.

Bioethanol is a fuel, an alcohol derived from the processing of various renewable materials such as corn, sugar cane, sorghum, potato and wheat. It is considered a clean fuel because it burns to leave water vapor and carbon dioxide in proportions similar to those found in the Earth's atmosphere.

Bioethanol stoves or fireplaces are becoming more and more popular. In addition to being ecological, they also make beautiful decorative elements. On the other hand, they are easier to install and clean than traditional wood-burning fireplaces because they do not produce ash or waste.

Characteristics of bioethanol fireplaces

bioethanol fireplaces

Knowing the characteristics of a bioethanol fireplace is usually the first step before replacing a classic fireplace with a bioethanol one. In fact, we've discussed some of that in the presentation. These are the characteristics of bioethanol fireplaces:

  • Decorative elements: Bioethanol fireplaces are often used as decorative elements of the first order. Their designs are attractive, elegant and luxurious with a magnificent look.
  • Relaxation: Beyond the decoration, a bioethanol fireplace has its place of relaxation thanks to the beautiful and hypnotic flame that burns constantly.
  • Variety of types: When choosing a bioethanol fireplace, we can choose from a wide variety of products. Available in open, closed, glass, metal, stone... the options are wide enough to cover the entire furniture market that a home or place has to offer. The options are almost endless, for every space imaginable.
  • Without ventilation: One of the most notable features of bioethanol fireplaces is that they do not require venting, i.e. chimney vent. So we have eliminated a risk factor that classic fireplaces do have: the danger of smoke accumulation or poor combustion.
  • Easy to install: By not requiring an air outlet, the installation of bioethanol fireplaces is simple, fast and does not require work. This is possible because bioethanol, when burned, releases water vapor and carbon dioxide in proportions similar to ours in the Earth's atmosphere. Then you just need to do the usual ventilation in the room.
  • Safety distances: When installing bioethanol fireplaces in our homes, we must respect the minimum safety distances. This distance varies depending on the type of chimney. Open – 50 cm to each side, 100 cm up. Closed: 20 cm each side, 60 cm up
  • Minimum size: When installing a bioethanol fireplace, the recommended space in it is 25m3 or more. It is about the average size of a room, although in big cities it is about the size of an entire rental house. Apparently, whoever installs a bioethanol fireplace does it because he has the space to do it.
  • Safety: bioethanol fireplaces are much safer than wood burning fireplaces. Except there's no smoke, because sparks from the wood are eliminated, and the danger of the log breaking or rolling in the fire.
  • Auto power off: Although very safe, bioethanol fireplaces are still a source of ignition. Therefore, the latest models are equipped with an automatic shutdown system in case of emergency. They also have overflow prevention systems and high-level carbon dioxide detectors.
  • Water tank and operating time: The standard capacity of the water tank for bioethanol fireplaces is usually 1,5 litres. Logically, the tank will allow the fireplace to work from 3 to 6 hours, depending on the model.

How to make a homemade bioethanol fireplace

fireplace with glass

While this may seem unbelievable, the truth is that today there are many home bioethanol fireplaces that do not emit smoke. This is indisputably perfect, not only because of the pollution, but because anyone can have one in their home, without the need for the famous smoke outlet.

Necessary materials:

  • Transparent silicone
  • glass frame
  • Solid Porous Stone
  • any type of grid
  • Bioethanol fuel for fireplaces
  • metal flower bed

Steps to make a smokeless homemade bioethanol fireplace:

  • It is best to use a large pot so that the flame is in the center and the glass does not have problems heating up.
  • If you are not a big believer in glass, you can order the thicknesses in a glassware or specialized store and they come ready to measure without problem.
  • The first thing you will do is make the glass cylinder in which the smokeless fireplace will be placed. Glue the 4 crystals with silicone so that there is a small compartment with an opening on one side, this will be the lower compartment that covers the pot.
  • Don't worry about silicone residue, when it dries, it can be easily removed with a putty knife.
  • Place the fuel below where you want the grate to sit so the fuel remains in the center of the grate.
  • Cut the grid so that it is on the inside edge of the pot and place the stones on top so they can decorate and cover it. In the center of the grid you have to leave a hole for the bioethanol to ignite.
  • Use a long fireplace match or spaghetti lighter to ignite the fuel.
  • As an additional fact, a can of ethanol can burn for several hours. If you want to turn it off, cover the fireplace completely so that no air enters it and it turns itself off.

I hope that with this information you can learn more about how to make a homemade bioethanol fireplace.

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