A frequently asked question in the ethanol fireplace is business is, “Do your fireplaces have dangerous emissions?” The short answer to this question is, no. While pretty much any fire will create some type of emission, there are different types of emissions for different fires.
Fireplaces produced by a well-made and fully tested are not dangerous to a homeowner.
However, we understand that you may still be concerned, so let’s review the various types of emissions related to an ethanol fireplace and what effect they have.
How Is Fire Made?
For a fire to ignite, and continue to burn, there are three necessary components. These components are heat, fuel, and oxygen. All three of these elements are required to create a flame.
The fire that burns in an ethanol fireplace is produced via heat from a lighter, ethanol fuel, and oxygen occurring naturally in the surrounding space. Once the fire is lit, emissions will begin to occur.
Emissions From Ethanol
The emissions that are produced by fire are dependent upon the fuel that keeps the fire burning. For instance, an oil fire and a bioethanol fire will create a totally different set of emissions.
In the case of ethanol, there are three different emissions, which are:
- Carbon dioxide – CO2
As you may imagine, neither heat nor water is harmful when emitted into the air. The water that is emitted is also a very low amount and is generally impossible to detect. However, you may be concerned about carbon dioxide. After all, isn’t this a poisonous gas?
When a person breathes in excessive amounts of carbon dioxide, they are unable to get sufficient oxygen to the brain and lungs, which can very quickly lead to falling unconscious, at the very least. So, yes carbon dioxide, also known as CO2, is a poisonous gas, and it can be very harmful, and even lethal, under the wrong circumstances.
However, the CO2 emissions from an ethanol fireplace are so low that they are not harmful.
Despite the vent-free system of this kind of fireplace, there is no threat to your physical health from the tiny amount of CO2 emissions.
Further, all high-quality ethanol fireplaces, which are made according to strict regulations, are fully tested and approved for safe use within the home. You can rest assured that you are not putting yourself, or any of your family, in danger by installing an ethanol-fueled fireplace.
What About Harmful Particles
We also regularly get asked if an ethanol fireplace released harmful particles into the air, such as those released by wood-burning stoves. Many are concerned about harmful particles because research regarding particles from smoke and ash has been linked to cases of cancer.
The great news is that ethanol fireplaces do not release any particles into the air. This is because burning ethanol creates a pure flame without smoke, unlike burning wood in a stove, which does create smoke.
Since an ethanol fireplace will never produce smoke, you have nothing to worry about when it comes to harmful particles in the air.
As you can see, an ethanol fireplace is a wonderfully safe alternative to a traditional wood-burning fireplace or stove. However, when shopping for a fireplace, be aware that there are models on the market that may not be completely safe.
When it comes to choosing a fireplace, make sure to choose one that is not manufactured in China, or that comes with a price tag that seems too good to be true. These fireplaces are not only likely to be of poorer quality, made from subpar materials, but they may not be fully tested, making them potentially highly dangerous.
As you are browsing for your new fireplace, keep in mind that you should expect to pay at least $1000 or more in order to get a high quality, fully tested, and regulated fireplace. You should never risk sacrificing safety at a lower price.