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Fireplace safety

Bio ethanol fireplace safety

Bio ethanol is a fuel that is volatile and difficult to control in large quantities which is why so few longer Bio ethanol fuel boxes are on the market. Bio ethanol must be kept at a low temperature and the release of vapours must be controlled when hot or fireplace flames will behave erratically and may cause injury. Metal easily bends when hot and this will cause welding to crack and fuel to spill. It is also essential that air exchange and heat output is calculated according to room size to prevent too much carbon dioxide.

Further problems are created when a fuel box is required in a built in setting. As Bio ethanol fireplaces are currently not subject to building regulation some dealers encourage  DIY projects without fully understanding the consequences of fitting a bio ethanol fuel box in a confined space. 

Fitting a bio ethanol fireplace into a wall is not as simple as you would expect and most manufacturers are reluctant to give advice on surrounding wall areas as they have not made comprehensive tests in the built in environment. Simply cladding the area in stone or fitting a non flammable material to the area is not the solution and will often cause concentrated over heating in the centre of the top of the fire  causing stone to crack and fuel to over heat. Flames will pull to the front of the fireplace to seek oxygen from the room once the oxygen in the recess is used up. Opening the fire to three sides will not solve this issue as too much draught causes the flame to lie flat and pull underneath the fireplace.

Remember you would not make a DIY gas fire so why make a bio ethanol one.


Don't play with fire!                                                                                                    

Our complete fireplace inserts are designed with a a unique floating air vent system which equally disperses hot air around the fireplace meaning that the interior will never over heat and the fuel will stay at the optimum temperature for absolute safety. This system means that the insert will never be too hot to touch. This built in fire solution can be easily fitted into stud walls with no extra protection needed.                           

We provide the following with all bespoke projects

Illustrated diagram and advice on wall area preparation

Full drawing with exact measurements to prepare wall

Room size assessment and guidance

Fireplace will be factory tested in matched setting before leaving the factory

Comprehensive written installation advice

Firebox inserts can easily be fitted within 15 minutes with fixings provided and basic tools

Can easily be removed anytime for access to behind the fire.


Digital Firebox inserts also have the following

Remote control with 6- step flame regulation operation panel and on/off button

LED with  information about operating status, fuel level and errors

C02  detection auto cut off

Tilt sensor with auto- cut off after 150

Fuel reservoir of several litres in accordance with length of burner

A maximum fuel consumption per hour can be pre programmed

Temperature sensor on burner will cut - off if overheated

System leakage sensor with auto cut- off

Fuel level indicator on LED display

Acoustic warning/indicator signal during fuelling of the fireplace


bio ethanol fires


Leave for at least  10 minutes once extinguished.

Always keep a burning gel/bio fire within sight.

Extinguish all gel fires/ bio fires when leaving a room or before going to sleep.

Never burn a gel/bio fire on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning gel/bio fire away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.

Keep gel/bio fire out of the reach of children and pets Do not over fill the provided gel fire- bio fire.

Do not place lighted gel/bio fires where they can be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else.

Check gel containers regularly for damage. Do not use the gel/ biofuel container if the fuel can escape.

(please contact us if this is the case)

Always use a gel/bio fuel container especially designed for the use with alcohol/ bio ethanol fuel.

Be sure the gel/bio ethanol fuel bowl or firebox is placed on a stable surface.

Fire gel containers must be cleaned out every 3 to 4 uses.

Always read and follow the manufacturer's use and safety instructions carefully.

Always burn gel/bio fires in a well ventilated room.

Don't burn gel/bio fires in a small room or in a "tight" home where air exchange is limited.

Only extinguish the flame with the lid or flame killer provided. Never put your hand in the burning flames.

Do not allow children to put fingers in fuel that may be left in the containers when lit or extinguished.

Make sure a fire is completely extinguished and the embers are longer glowing before filling again or leaving the room.

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