After the long, harsh winter, youíve decided that you want to add a fireplace to your remodeling plans this year. The only problem is that you donít want to go through the hassle or expense of installing gas lines and undertaking a major construction project.
Well, youíre in luck. By installing an ethanol burning fireplace, you donít need a chimney, flue or special ventilation. Ethanol fuel, also known as ethyl or denatured alcohol, burns clean and only emits water vapor, heat and trace amounts of carbon dioxide into the air. Ethanol fireplaces donít produce ash, soot or smoke and you donít have to worry about smoldering or run way embers, either. Because of this, you can have a fireplace anywhere without the restrictions of hook-ups or bulky venting systems.
Here are three ways to build fire into your remodeling plans:
Ethanol Firebox Insert. An ethanol firebox insert is a fully-finished fireplace that youíre able to insert directly into your wall or custom cabinetry. This type of fireplace needs no clearance between itself and combustible material. Fireboxes, such as those manufactured by Ignis, are constructed with a double layer of stainless steel. Sandwiched between each layer is a stone wool insulation. The result is a firebox with super low heat transfer. Because of this, ethanol fireboxes are one of the safest ways to incorporate a built-in show of fire and an ideal way to have a fireplace under your flat screen television! Simply build it into the wall and cover the flange with stone or any other facing of your choosing.
Ethanol Fireplace Burner Insert. An ethanol fireplace burner insert is simply the fireplace burner itself. These models are designed to drop into any custom surround of non-combustible material without any attachments whatsoever. Most burners are made of stainless steel and range from 12Ē Ė 72Ē long. This allows you to bring your designs to life and create a fire ribbon within your space. Ethanol burners are available in manual, push button or remote controlled versions. The manual burnersrequire you to light them with a fireplace match or long lighter. Conversely, the push button or remote controlled burners, by using a small electrical power source, allow you the convenience of a one-button ignition and extinction. Some of the automatic burners even offer many flame settings so that you can control the flame height, heat output and your operational costs.
Recessed Ethanol Fireplace. A recessed ethanol fireplace is also designed to be inserted into a wall or other custom surround. More affordable than an ethanol firebox, these models must be built into no
n-combustible material. The heat transfer exceeds that of an ethanol firebox,therefore the extra precaution is necessary. Recessed Fireplaces are available with one to six ethanol burners and are offered in many different styles and sizes.
So, it is possible to have a fireplace without the hassle and expense related to the traditional hearth. Eco-friendly and ventless, ethanol fireplaces are sure to fire up your remodel and power your vision.