The Advantages of Ethanol Fireplaces

The warm glow of a fireplace can bring comfort and relaxation to any home, but real wood burners come with a long list of cons, such as health risks, air pollution, and high costs.

Ethanol fireplaces are an innovative and environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional wood-burning fireplaces that offer many advantages. Roccia is a proud partner of Planika fireplaces, so we want to inform readers of the extensive benefits of ethanol fires, including their ease of use, low maintenance requirements, and fantastic sustainability.

So, whether you’re considering a new fireplace for your home or simply looking for a more eco-friendly way to stay warm, we hope to help you discover what an ethanol fireplace can bring to your space.

1.      Eco-Friendly

Ethanol fireplaces are a more eco-friendly option for heating your home than traditional wood-burning fireplaces because ethanol burns cleanly and produces no smoke, ash, or soot. This means no harmful emissions or particulate matter are released into the air, improving indoor air quality and eliminating the negative environmental impact.

Similarly, ethanol is produced from crops such as corn, sugarcane, and other plant materials, which are renewable resources, meaning these fireplaces aren’t dependent on finite fossil fuels that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.

Ethanol fireplaces are also highly efficient, with most models boasting an efficiency rating of 90-95%. This means that almost all of the heat produced by the flame is radiated into the room, reducing energy waste and ultimately lowering your home’s carbon footprint.

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2.      Low Maintenance

Ethanol fireplaces are incredibly low maintenance, making them a convenient option for those looking to add a fireplace to their home without the hassle of regular upkeep. No chimney or venting is required with Planika ethanol gas fireplaces, unlike traditional wood-burning fireplaces. This in itself brings a range of benefits, such as the fact you don’t need to worry about regular cleaning and how they can be placed in any room without considering ventilation.

These fireplaces are, of course, fueled by bioethanol, which is stored in easy-to-use canisters. As a result, refuelling is quick and simple, and there is no need to wait for the fire to die down before adding more fuel, unlike wood-burning fireplaces.

3.      Easy to Install

Planika offers a variety of ethanol fire options, including freestanding, wall-mounted, and tabletop designs, with different sizes and styles to fit different spaces and preferences. When it comes to installation, their fires generally require minimal preparation and setup, and they can be placed on any stable surface and do not require any special wiring or plumbing.

This makes them a desirable option compared to wood-burning fires, which require several crucial installation steps, often including building a masonry chimney, creating new openings in the wall, and installing a firebox or insert.

Stunning free standing Planika fireplace in modern living room

4.      Safe to Use

Ethanol fireplaces are designed with safety features to prevent accidents and ensure safe operation. For example, most ethanol fireplaces have a spill-proof burner system that prevents fuel from spilling out in case of accidental tipping. Many models also have built-in sensors that detect overheating or low fuel levels and automatically shut off the fireplace to prevent damage or hazards.

It’s important to note, however, that you should still keep the area around the fireplace clear of flammable materials, never leave the fireplace unattended while in use, and use a high-quality ethanol fuel that the manufacturer recommends.

5.      Cost-Effective

Ethanol fires can be a more cost-effective option compared to traditional wood-burning or gas fires for several reasons; let’s take a look:

  • Ethanol fuel is often less expensive than wood or gas.
  • Ethanol fireplaces use less fuel than wood or gas fireplaces because they burn more cleanly and efficiently, which can result in further cost savings.
  • They are typically more efficient at heating a room than traditional fireplaces as all the heat produced is released into the room, whereas traditional fireplaces can lose a significant amount of heat through the chimney or venting system.
  • Ethanol fireplaces are often easier and less expensive to install than traditional fireplaces, eliminating the need for costly modifications to the home’s structure.
  • The maintenance is minimal compared to wood-burning or gas fires, so the upkeep costs are much lower.

Table top Planika ethanol fireplace from Roccia

Planika Fireplaces at Roccia

Roccia is an official stockist of Planika fireplaces, meaning you can put your trust in us that they will help provide a luxury feel to your home wherever you choose to install your fire. Many of our customers choose to match their fireplace with their interior or exterior design, allowing it to blend into the surroundings seamlessly. We have many design options that make matching your fireplace to your wall tiles or floor tiles simple.

So, if you want to elevate your home with a Planika fireplace, Roccia is here for you. As mentioned, we are proud official stockists of Planika fires, meaning we offer an extensive range of their products so you can choose the best style for your home.

Speak to our award-winning design team in person by visiting our flagship showroom in Preston or our tile showroom in Bolton. Alternatively, you can enquire online, and a member of our team will be more than happy to assist.

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