An ethanol fireplace can make a wonderful focal point for any room. They are cleaner and better for the environment than traditional coal or wood burning fires but offer the beauty and homely feel of a living flame.
If you have decided that you want to buy an ethanol fire then there a few things to consider before you hand over your hard earned cash.
What is your budget?
You might have a fireplace in mind but if it is way more than you have budgeted for then you might be disappointed. Ethanol fires are generally more affordable than other kinds of fires because they can be fitted into pretty much any home or indoor space as they don’t need a chimney. Prices start at around $68 for a table top model but if you want something a bit more extravagant you might need to save a little longer. When you are buying your new fire it is usually best to choose a reputable supplier as they will be able to advise you on the best model to suit your needs and ensure you get the best quality for your money. Some units might look large but have a small burner inside so won’t emit a lot of heat while smaller units might have a big burner. Be sure to ask or check before you buy. The burner capacity will affect how much heat a fire produces so it is vital you get one that suits the requirements of your space. More expensive doesn’t always mean better.
What is the fireplace you are interested in made from?
Ethanol fires are all pretty attractive. It is part of their appeal. However, don’t get too caught up in aesthetics. Remain savvy and check that the glass used on the unit is tempered and any steel used is either powder coated, treated or stainless steel. The materials affect the quality, safety and longevity of your fire so do your research and you will be able to make an informed, confident decision.
Does it come with a warranty?
Reputable companies will want you to feel confident and happy with your purchase and a warranty doesn’t guarantee that nothing will go wrong but it does give you the peace of mind that your fire is protected if it does. Where possible choose a fire that is warrantied for as long as possible. A warranty implies that a company is certain about the quality of their fires.
Your individual circumstances and lifestyle
Ethanol fires are one of the safest and most efficient types as long as they are used correctly. Like any fire with an open flame, it important to keep safety in mind when using them. As such it is worth considering the space you will be putting the fire into. If you have children or pets then a wall mounted fireplace will be the best option. Free standing fires or table top models are not suitable for homes with pets or children as even unlit the fuel inside can be dangerous. Air must be able to circulate as the fires rely on oxygen in the room they are placed in so choose a fire to suit the room size. When using it in a small room open a door or window to promote circulation. If in doubt ask your supplier for advice on the most appropriate choice for your circumstances.