Ethanol versus Gas Fireplaces- What Are the Differences?

More and more things in our lives are evolving into more sustainable versions of themselves. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise to know of the rise in popularity of bioethanol fireplaces.

Both types of fireplace are effective at fulfilling their purposes of cooking good food. But, each of them have pros and cons for the potential buyer.

One big difference is in the cost; the gas fireplace has a lower average cost than the ethanol version.

On the other hand, the ethanol fireplace is considerably more sustainable and eco-friendly. The ethanol fireplace’s use of cleaner energy results leaves no toxic residue

behind. This means it can be used in places where there are no vents.

Heat Level

Both gas and ethanol fireplaces produce flames. The gas fireplaces offer a better source of heat, but they do require the presence of gas lines and vents. If you only want or require a heat level of 2-3 kilowatts, the ethanol fireplace will be able to meet your needs.

Fireplace Inserts

If you are buying a fireplace that’s intended to fit into an existing space, both types can potentially fit into the space where a wood-burning stove had been used.

There is a difference in their installation. Gas fireplaces require a more complicated installation process, so the installation will likely be more expensive. The placement of gas feed lines and the need for venting will result in extra planning and installation time.

Room Size

The size of room where your fireplace will be can factor into your choice between an ethanol or a gas fireplace.

Although the gas fireplace produces a higher level of heat than does the ethanol fireplace, and can therefore serve as a primary source of heat for a room, the gas fireplace should not be used in a small room. In a small room, the gas fireplace would consume too much of the oxygen in that room- and potentially place your family at risk.

As a rule of thumb, gas fireplaces are not suitable for use in rooms smaller than 215 square feet. Bioethanol burner size vs Room Volume Guide

Ignition and Flames

Both types of fireplaces can be ignited by remote control, although the ethanol fireplace can also be lit manually.

When they are lit, both types of fireplace produce flames. However, the gas fireplace’s flames remain consistently lit in the same level and pattern. The ethanol flames tend to shift in their pattern; producing an a somewhat “dancing” effect.

As you can see, both types of fireplaces have their features. Take a look at the above points and decide for yourself which you would prefer.

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