Bioethanol stoves are a popular and fashionable type of home heating that run on denatured alcohol, produced by a biological process of fermentation and distillation of natural sugars. Bioethanol is considered an environmentally friendly fuel for home heating as it is renewable and has low toxicity.
Bioethanol fireplaces are becoming a popular design choice due to the fact that they produce an attractive flame effect, are smoke-free, and require no special ventilation to operate. They are also easy to install and can be used anywhere in the home - some people even integrate them into their bathroom design.
Bioethanol fires are lit with a long lighter - similar to those used for gas ovens - and burn denatured alcohol fuel purchased by the litre. In terms of running costs, they are roughly equivalent to a wood-burning fireplace, although the installation costs and the cost of the fireplace itself will generally be much lower. Bioethanol fireplaces only produce water and CO2 when the fuel is burned, but the amount of CO2 per hour is roughly equivalent to burning two candles. This means that they can be safely used in any room of the house without any health problems, for example the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.