How to use an ethanol fireplace
Are you wondering how an ethanol fireplace is used? In this article, I’ll walk you through the different installation types, how the product is lit, extinguished and much more. The article is ideal if you’re considering an ethanol fireplace for your home, as it lets you know exactly how to use the fireplace.
Placement and installation
First off, you need to find a good spot for your potential fireplace and install it. Here, I’ll show address the two most popular solutions: the wallhung and freestanding ranges.
Wallhung ethanol fireplaces
There are some prerequisites for mounting an ethanol fireplace on the wall. Shortly listed, you must ensure that:
- The wall is non-flammable
- There is a safetydistance to curtains (usually 1 meter)
- There are no TV or paintings above the fireplace
If all the above is achievable, you can easily mount a fireplace on your wall. The most popular and safe models usually come with a wall bracket – all you need is the right screws and plugs for the wall.
Make sure that the bracket is level and safely mounted before using the fireplace.
Freestanding ethanol fireplaces
The freestanding units usually require no installation at all. The fireplaces from Vauni arrive almost preassembled – all you need to do is place the burner inside the fireplace which is really easy.
That being said, it is still important to find a good location for your fireplace. For obvious reasons, the fireplace has to be level and stand safely on the floor. If you have a longhaired carpet, make sure that the fireplace is stable.
The fires can without any problems be placed on flammable materials like a wooden floor or a rug, as long as there are no flammable materials that can get in touch with the flames, i.e. a carpet or blanket nearby.
Fuelling and lighting
Once the fireplace is safely installed, it is time to use the fireplace. We have a complete guide to lighting and fuelling ethanol fireplaces right here.
First you need to get the right fuel for your fireplace:
- We recommend 1 litre bottles as they are easier to use
- Ensure that it is clear and not a gel
- Ensure that the fuel is intended for use indoors with ethanol fireplaces
The steps of lighting the fireplace is as follows:
- Fill the ethanol into the burner using a funnel
- Make sure to fill the recommended quantity as listed in the user manual
- Clean up any spilled fuel before igniting the fireplace
- Ensure that you do not have any ethanol on your hands
- Ignite the ethanol with a fireplace lighter (avoid matchsticks)
If you wish to extinguish the fireplace you can do so using a regulator rod and simply pushing a lid over the flames.
If the fireplace runs out of fuel and you wish to refill it, make sure to close the lid and wait for approximately 15 minutes. Once the fireplace is cool, you can fill the fireplace and ignite it as instructed above.
Heat and burningtime
The heatoutput of ethanol fireplaces varies according to the models. Usually they produce around 2-3kW, and they burn a minimum of 5 hours (that’s the case for Vauni).
You can always regulate the flamesize, and thereby increase the burningtime of the fireplace. As the flames are decreased, the heat output will also decrease.
Cleaning & Maintenance
It’s quite natural to assume that the fireplace needs cleaning after having been used a couple of times. However, this is rarely the case.
As the fuel, bioethanol, burns very clean – little or no cleaning is required. You white walls will remain white, and there’ll be no soot or ashes outside the fireplace that needs cleaning.
The burner itself can become a bit discoloured over time (usually around 12-24 months), if that is the case it is possible to repolish the burner with a 3M sponge. Simply soak the sponge with some bioethanol, and follow the growes in the stainless steel (important note: if you do not follow the groves, you will effectively scratch the surface).
It is impossible to avoid soot completely, as a result, the materials that are in direct contact with the flames can accumulate some soot over time. It is simply removed with a cloth soaked in water.
Do make sure that no water gets in to the burner.
And that’s it, now you know the basics of using an ethanol fireplace. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us or write a comment.