Adding a fireplace to a room creates a new focal point that exudes comfort and warmth. But the hurdle of installation is often thought to be prohibitive. Not so with an ethanol fireplace! This type of fireplace is a relatively simple construction that requires no chimney and can be installed by simply placing it in the desired location. In fact, the simplicity doesn’t end there; once installed, an ethanol fireplace is easy to operate and maintenance is a breeze.
How does it work?
An ethanol fireplace generates heat and flames through burning ethanol – an eco-friendly fuel derived from corn. Simply pour ethanol fuel into the burner then ignite it with a long lighter or flick the switch. Ethanol produces no soot or ashes when it burns, hence no need for a flue or chimney. And there is little need for ventilation as the flames are clean.
How do I clean and maintain my fireplace?
Cleaning an ethanol fireplace is simple. No need to sweep up piles of ashes or scrub thick layers of soot. As long as you follow these basic rules, you’ll be able to maintain its appearance and functionality for many years.
1. Wipe away soot
When your fireplace is cool, use a damp soft, lint-free cloth to wipe the back of the fireplace. This should remove any soot that has gathered. Use distilled water to ensure you leave no marks or try a mild glass cleaner. Depending on how often you use your fireplace, you may need to do this once a week or once a month.
2. Clean the burner
Take the burner out of the body of the fireplace, drain the fuel and clean the burner with a soft cloth, warm water and mild soap. If you have a sponge-style burner insert, use a dry cloth to wipe away the dust.
3. Polish to a shine
Use stainless steel polish on your burner for extra shine. Ensure you scrub with the grain and use a basic soft sponge. Once fully cleaned and dry, place the burner back into the fireplace and refill with fuel.
Extra top tips:
· Never submerse your burner under water.
· Never use hard abrasives to clean the fireplace.
· Mop up fuel spills as soon as they happen to prevent discoloration of the steel.
The simple no-fuss option
If you’re looking for an easy way to add a warming glow to a room, then an ethanol fireplace may well be the answer. Ultra simple to install and maintain, it can provide a flickering natural beauty that can be enjoyed by you and your family for years.