Ethanol fire pits and ethanol heaters are becoming increasingly popular, according to Forbes. They produce plenty of great advantages compared to traditional heating options, like wood and gas fire pits.
Through the use of ethanol fuel, your fire pit can burn with a clean, safe, vibrant orange and low odour flame, which is long-burning for your convenience.
Regulatory changes and a better understanding of the environmental impact of burning various fuels have contributed to the demand for ethanol fire pits. Montreal, for example, has announced plans to ban wood-burning stoves and fire pits within the city limit throughout of 2020.
Other parts of the world are likely to follow similar measures to make heating greener and more sustainable. When choosing a cleaner option than wood, ethanol and gas emerge as the top two contenders. Which one is better? That’s what we’re about to find out today.
An ethanol fire pit offers definite versatility and practical advantages over its gas counterpart. Here are some of the main reasons you should prioritise the selection of an ethanol fire pit over a gas fire pit.
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Ethanol Vs Natural Gas
Before moving on and discussing the top five advantages of an ethanol fire pit, let's check out how ethanol compares to natural gas.
Ethanol, or bio ethanol, is a highly environmentally-friendly solution. It is a renewable energy source created from plant by-products. These by-products come from harvesting crops like sugar cane, corn, rice, and even grapes.
When lit, bioethanol doesn't emit smoke or any harmful toxins. These are just some of why bio ethanol is labelled a "potential fuel revolution."
Bioethanol fire pits are still a relatively new concept, but as they become more common, they will most likely become the leader in the industry.
Natural gas is a prevalent choice for fire pits and fireplaces. It is a fossil fuel, and experts argue that the world will run out of natural gas at the current production rates in as little as 53 years.
Currently, natural gas is cleaner than burning wood. It produces less soot and allows for easier cleaning than in the case of using wood or propane.
Despite the advantages over burning wood, ethanol has many benefits
compared to gas as a heating fuel source. Some of these advantages include installation, affordability, portability, Eco-friendly & versatility.
Ease of Installation
The previous section already sheds some light on how installation processes compare.
Ethanol fire pits require minimal installation compared to gas fire pits that can be relatively difficult and costly.
Gas fire pits may require a hard gas line and an electrical connection at the point of installation. A licensed professional may be necessary for the utility connections and inspection for proper ventilation and monitoring the natural gas supply to ensure no leaks or fault conditions occur.
With an ethanol fire pit, you will eliminate many of these hurdles. Ethanol fire pits do not require any utility connection or a licensed professional for installation. Many models function as stand-alone freestanding pieces. You will need to unpack the fire pit, put it into position, and enjoy.
The extensive range of ethanol fire pit models guarantees that there is one suitable for the style and size of your home. Smaller models are perfect for a corner or smaller space, whereas larger models are perfect for spacious open areas and are great centrepieces.
One famous freestanding ethanol fire pit is the Pod 30 Ethanol Fire Pit. If you check out the product’s installation manual, you’ll find out that only a few basic steps are required before the fire pit becomes operational.
- Position the burner into its base.
- Tighten 3 glass support brackets screws.
- Place glass screen in position.
That’s as complicated as it gets!
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Installation of a gas fire pit is a more extensive process and requires immediate professional involvement, making it costlier.
A mentioned earlier, Installing a permanent gas line and electrical connection requires a licensed tradesman, which is very expensive. The chances are that you’ll have to spend money on the installation and for the unit itself. The process will also require some time to be completed.
With an ethanol fire pit, you will have to purchase the product and its cartons of bio-ethanol fuel. Bio-ethanol fuel is affordable and long-lasting, often ordered online and delivered to your door.
Ongoing up-keep costs also are a factor. Ethanol fire pits do not require servicing; they are usually made from high-grade stainless steel with minimal moving parts and can be washed by hand in hot soapy water. At the same time, gas fire places need servicing every 12-18 months to maintain their warranty and need to be serviced by a licensed tradesman.
Portability & Freedom
Ethanol fire pits give you versatility and freedom.
Your ethanol fire pit will be 100 % portable. You can take it out in the backyard when you entertain guests during the evening and quickly bring it inside to warm up your lounge.
Even the large size designs formed with Fluid Concrete TechnologyTM, such as the POD30, are considered lightweight and portable when considering their sheer size. This lightweight Fluid Concrete TechnologyTM does not compromise durability or strength but compliments the unit.
Ethanol fire pits will have different heat output capacities, limiting their heat output. This feature is excellent if you decide to relocate your ethanol fire pit to a smaller room; you can easily adjust the work accordingly.
Ongoing up-keep costs also are a factor. Ethanol fire pits do not require servicing; they are usually made from high-grade stainless steel with minimal moving parts and can be washed by hand in hot soapy water. At the same time, gas fireplaces need servicing every 12-18 months to maintain their warranty and need to be serviced by a licensed tradesman.
Environmentally-Friendly & Sustainable
Eco-friendliness is another critical characteristic that we’ve briefly touched upon, but sustainability deserves a separate section due to its importance.
Ethanol burns cleaner than other fuel types, and it is a powerful method for controlling and even reducing the pollution involved in heating.
Ethanol is such a clean fuel type that when added to car fuels (one part ethanol to nine parts gasoline), it can significantly reduce greenhouse emissions like carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides.
Natural gas is still considered one of the better fossil fuels out there. It produces 30 per cent less carbon dioxide than oil and 45 per cent less CO2 than coal. And while this fossil fuel is definitely better for the environment than others, it still results in significant quantities of greenhouse emissions.
However, the most destructive aspect of natural gas usage occurs way before burning takes place.
One of the most commonly used natural gas extraction methods from the ground is called fracking. Fracking or hydraulic fracturing uses pressurised water to break shale rocks apart and release the trapped pockets of natural gas.
When fracking occurs, some methane is directly released into the atmosphere. Methane has a much more profound environmental effect than CO2 because it contributes to the heating of the Earth.
Natural gas is not a clean source of energy, even though its burning doesn’t pollute as much as other fuels. It is not carbon neutral and is not readily available.
As mentioned earlier, ethanol, on the other hand, is a highly environmentally-friendly and clean, sustainable energy source. It is a renewable energy source created from plant by-products such as sugar cane, corn, rice and even grapes. Ethanol doesn’t produce harmful pollutants that may harm our environment.
All of the features and characteristics mentioned so far show just how versatile of a heating option an ethanol fire pit is.
There are ethanol fire pits for all kinds of areas and all spaces.
There are heaters of all sizes suited for use in various areas. You will also come across practical, affordable products and luxury designs that give you excellent heat output and a ton of visual appeal.
You can easily enjoy all of the versatility in the world with a fire pit like the Mix 600 Ethanol Fire Bowl. It’s the smallest one in its range but still good enough for a space of 40m3. The burn time is eight to 11 hours (this fire pit has a 2.5-litre fuel capacity), and the product is relatively lightweight. This means it can easily be moved from one spot to another.
If you need something a bit more powerful, you’ll have to upgrade to the Mix 850 Ethanol Fire Bowl. Suitable for rooms of at least 116m3, the fire pit has a fuel container of eight litres that can ensure continuous burning for anywhere between seven and 11 hours. While this fire pit is heavier than its little sister, the Mix 600, it can still be very easily relocated.
So let’s sum up how an ethanol fire pit outperforms its gas counterpart:
- No professional, costly & timely installation is required.
- No required gas lines or electrical connection.
- No ongoing professional servicing.
- Highly portable ability, relocate with ease.
- A great option for all size spaces
- Cleaner, sustainable and more environmentally friendly.
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