Ethanol fire pits and ethanol heaters are becoming increasingly popular, according to too Forbes. They produce plenty of great advantages when compared to traditional heating options; like wood and gas fire pits.
Through the use of ethanol fuel, your fire pit is able to 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 kinds of 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 over the course of 2020.
Other parts of the world are likely to follow similar measures in an attempt to make heating greener and more sustainable. When it comes to 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 why 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 the harvesting of 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 the reasons why bio ethanol has been 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 very common choice for fire pits and fireplaces. It is a fossil fuel and experts argue that at the current rates of production, the world will run out of natural gas 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 advantages when 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 to each other.
Ethanol fire pits require minimal installation in comparison to gas fire pits that can be fairly 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 required for the utility connections and for inspection for proper ventilation and the monitoring of the natural gas supply to ensuring 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 are designed to function as stand-alone freestanding pieces. You will simply need to unpack the fire pit and put it into position and enjoy.
The extensive range of ethanol fire pits 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 there are larger models which a perfect for spacious open areas and are great centrepieces.
Here’s one example of a great freestanding ethanol fire pit – 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 will have to be followed 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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The installation of a gas fire pit is a larger process and requires professional involvement immediately making it costlier.
A mentioned earlier, Installing a permanent gas line and electrical connection requires a licensed tradesman which is very expensive. Chances are that you’ll have to spend money on the installation and for the unit itself. Needless to say, the process will also require some time to be completed.
With an ethanol fire pit, you will simply have to purchase the product and its cartons of bio-ethanol fuel. Bio-ethanol fuel is very affordable and long-lasting, often ordered online and delivered to your door.
On going 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. Whereas 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 gives 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 easily bring it inside to warm up your lounge.
Even the large size designs formed with Fluid Concrete TechnologyTM such as the POD30, are considered light weight and portable when you take in to account their sheer size. This light weight Fluid Concrete TechnologyTM does not compromise on durability or strength, but compliments the unit.
Ethanol fire pits will have different heat output capacities and many include the ability to limit its heat output. This feature is great if you decide to relocate your ethanol fire pit to a smaller room, you can easily adjust the output 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. Whereas gas fireplaces need servicing every 12-18 months to maintain their warranty and need to be serviced by a licensed tradesman.
Environmentally-Friendly & Sustainable
This is another key characteristic that we’ve briefly touched upon but due to its importance, sustainability deserves a separate section.
Ethanol burns cleaner than other fuel types and it can be used as 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 contribute to a significant reduction in 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.
The most destructive aspect of natural gas usage, however, occurs way before burning takes place.
One of the most common methods of natural gas extraction 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, regardless of the fact that its burning doesn’t pollute as much as the burning of other fuels. It is not carbon neutral, and are not readily available.
As mentioned earlier, Ethanol on the other hand is a highly environmentally-friendly and clean sustainable source of energy. It is a renewable energy source created from plant by-products such as crops like 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 for all spaces.
There are heaters of all sizes, suited for use in a variety of areas. You will also come across practical, affordable products and luxury designs that will give you both great 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 quite lightweight. This means it can easily be moved from one spot to another.
If you need something a bit more powerful, you’ll just 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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