5 Reasons Why Ethanol Fireplaces Are Trending

Ethanol fireplaces are one of this year’s hot trends in the home design industry, but what makes them so special? Let’s break it down.

1. “Real Fire” Aesthetic

Ethanol flames are widely known for being playful and lively. They are truly stunning and even have a unique ‘crackle’ sound when they burn. They create that traditional fireplace feel without all the drawbacks of burning wood.

2. Easy to Install

Ethanol fireplaces are generally vent-free, which means they do not require any chimney or venting to an exterior wall or roof. They also do not require electricity and are lit by hand with a long match or lighter. This makes them extremely easy to install and cuts out those remodeling costs we all have nightmares about.

If you’re renting or your home is part of a modern community, chances are you’re not allowed to make exterior changes as part of your contract. All wood fireplaces (and most gas fireplaces) are going to require venting, so a great alternative with that “real fire” ambiance is Ethanol. If you choose a wall-mounted or freestanding unit, you can even take it with you when you move!

3. Easy and Cheap to Maintain

Wood-burning fireplaces – and gas fireplaces to a lesser extent – require regular maintenance due to soot/ember buildup. With Ethanol flames, you won’t ever have that problem. The flames burn clean and won’t produce any of that pesky soot.

4. Lots of Heat

Since they do create real flames (as opposed to Electric or water vapor fireplaces), Ethanol fireplaces put out a significant amount of heat. Even the smaller ones with a single burner can throw out up to 6,000BTUs, which is more than most electric fireplaces and space heaters. That amount of heat will keep you warm and cozy in any small-medium sized room (unless we’re talking about winter in Alaska…).

5. Environmentally Friendly

Around 75% of US adults say they are particularly concerned about the environment as they go about their daily lives, and that’s starting to influence people’s choices when they choose a fireplace.

Bio-ethanol is a sustainable resource, unlike gas or wood, and it lets off no harmful emissions when burned, which makes it a great choice for people who prefer green energy.

My conclusion:

Easy to install, easy to maintain, beautiful flames, lots of heat, AND environmentally friendly… what is this sorcery?!