Does ethanol fireplaces give any heat?
One of the first questions many people have about the wonderful ethanol fireplaces concern the actual heating of the products. Some people even ask whether the flame is real or not – and believe me when is say this; it’s real, and it does give heat. I’ll explain it in simple words, and don’t despair if you want specific details about how the ethanol fireplace works – you can simply search the blog for an answer!
How Much Heat Can You Expect?
Well, a traditional wood fireplace produce heat in the level about 6-9 kW but much really depends on the model and the heat. What I’ve been told from traditional manufacturers is that one kW is enough to heat 20 square metres, so it’s no wonder why traditional fireplaces produce so much heat.
The natural question now is what to expect, and just like the wood fireplace, it depends on the model you get. On average i would say that an ethanol fireplace produce about 2,5-3,5 kW when burning, so it’s clear from this that you cannot use it as a source of primary heating, but ask yourself: do you really need that much heat? – If the answer is yes, you’re probably on the lookout for a traditional wood fireplace.
How Does It Heat?
Having established that it actually gives out some heat, I still need to stress another difference between the traditional stove and the ethanol fireplace. The stove will give you some heating rays that you just don’t get with ethanol fireplaces. However, you get heat instantly as the flame gets hot quite fast. The heat is distributed in the very cosy form of hot air flowing from the flame. When the ethanol fireplace is done burning, it won’t give you any more heat.
Where Can The Ethanol Fireplace Heat?
The good thing about the ethanol fireplace is that there are (to my knowledge) very few/no restrictions on where they can be used. The only thing the ethanol fireplace is fresh air, as the flame use the oxygen in the room to burn.
As the fireplace shouldn’t be considered a primary source of heating, you can actually still utilize it in a clever way. Say you are one of those lucky folks who own a holiday home or summer cottage. Maybe the heating isn’t that good, and the size of the place aren’t enormous – here an ethanol fireplace would be great. The thing is, when you use the place its for a short period, and you only need heat when you’re there. Then you don’t need to think about chopping wood, cleaning, smoke, soot, ashes and many more of those annoying effects of a traditional fireplace. You can even put the ethanol fireplace in the back of your car, and take it with you when you leave.
But that’s not the only place you can use it. If you have a conservatory you might have noticed – they can get quite cool during winter. The sad thing is, that it’s still a room that is nice to sit in and relax, and with an ethanol fireplace you can. As the fireplace instantly gives you heating, you can have it burning when you sit there, and just shut it off when you don’t – its that simple!.
The conclusion: Ethanol fireplaces gives enough heat for conservatories, summer cottages and alike. The fireplaces generate about 2-3,5 kW which is enough to heat 40-70 square metres.