This is an image I never thought I would be taking, one of a fire sitting on my hearth but lo and behold here one is. We live in a smoke free zone in a 1980’s build, when we moved in 13 years ago we inherited with a grotty electric fire that we never used and covered up. The fire surround is still not to my liking but I having just replaced the horrid tiles that were there before, the surround will have to stay a little longer until we decide what to do. We are thinking a big solid oak beam would look good as I can’t live without a mantle, where on earth would I put all my candles!
Here comes the clever stuff, you don’t need a flue or chimney to use a bioethanol fire as they don’t emit any smoke, making them environmentally friendly, clean and can be used in smoke controlled zones. The fuel burns with a 98% efficiency rate meaning you get no nasty residue to clean. The biofires give off real heat, no artificial flames, you can also adjust the flame size and heat output if your room gets too toasty. No gas or electricity sources needed either just the bioethanol fuel.
So bioethanol, what is it? This fuel is a renewable energy source produced by a sugar fermentation process. The sugar comes from renewable crops such as corn, maize and wheat which create a much lower carbon footprint than fossil fuels.
For someone who thought moving house would be the only way to get a fire this simple stylish fire has made me very happy. To be able to light it with no mess just as easy as lighting a candle and have it warm the room with it’s flickering flames has been magical. Even better it has arrived in perfect time as the nights are drawing in and the evenings getting colder. It has made our living room so cosy that we find it hard leaving the sofa!