How Safe Are Fireplaces On Ethanol?

Is there anything better than a cozy fireplace during those dark winter nights. How about, contemporary, and stylish units such as ethanol fireplaces, which offer plenty of appeal?

Nowadays, there are various models on the market, and they are all fueled differently. Therefore, it’s tough to decide which one will satisfy your needs. Now, let’s discover the pros and cons associated with ethanol fireplaces, and see how safe are they?


If you prefer traditional fireplaces, then ethanol ones will provide you with real-time ambiance. However, they don’t involve smoke, odor, soot – all the things connected to wood burning. Also, this type of fireplaces is much cleaner and easy to operate.


You simply fill the burner with ethanol and fuel the liquid. For that reason, here are a couple of reasons to install this unit:

  • You don’t need a chimney
  • It is portable, so it can be stored anywhere in your home
  • Doesn’t require too much of maintenance
  • Can be mounted on a wall, if you don’t have enough floor space
  • It is affordable compared to traditional fireplaces


Ethanol fireplaces don’t produce a lot of heat, so they can’t supplement your home’s heating system. Also, keep in mind that companies that manufacture these units often claim they are eco-friendly and safe to use, which isn’t entirely true.


The recent studies relieved that ethanol fireplaces pollute indoor air and are highly combustible. However, there is more:

  • Even though they don’t require chimneys, they still use the room as flue
  • As they burn, ethanol fireplaces suck in the oxygen, and this process emits carbon dioxide and a small number of combustible particles. When they are inhaled, these particles have the potential to reach deep inside of the lungs.
  • Base on some studies, continuous exposure to these pollutants can significantly affect your health.
  • Last but not least, fire is dangerous, and a simple accident can burn your entire house.

How to safety use fireplace on ethanol?

If you still decide to install this unit, then here are a couple of things you should be aware of:

  • Never use an ethanol fireplace in tightly sealed and small homes.
  • If you must operate in small indoor places, then make sure to get a carbon monoxide detector next to your fireplace and keep a couple of windows open.
  • Even though there aren’t regulations that U.S. ethanol fireplace manufacturers need to comply with, make sure to purchase one that has been UL certified.
  • You should only use an ethanol fuel that matches your appliance, don’t go for substitutes.
  • Don’t touch a fireplace while it’s operating; wait for it to cool down before you move it to another place.
  • Never place your unit near furniture, blankets, or anything that can catch on fire.
  • Don’t leave the fire unattended.

We hope these recommendations can help you when choosing an ethanol fireplace. If you follow the previous  steps, then you shouldn’t experience any issues. Even though they don’t offer a lot of warmth, ethanol fireplaces can be a great addition to your home in terms of décor.