Bio-ethanol is becoming increasingly popular as a fuel for home use, outdoor heating, fire, camping and survival purposes. It is a type of ethanol alcohol that is made by fermenting the sugars in certain types of crops and distilling the resulting alcohol. Bioethanol sold for home use varies in purity, but the highest quality bioethanol is around 96,6% pure ethanol.
The most fashionable application of bioethanol in home furnishing at present is for fireplaces in the home. Bioethanol is a carbon-neutral, renewable fuel that burns with an attractive orange flame but produces no smoke or ash. This means that it can be used in fireplaces that cannot be fired with other fuels, for example because other fuels need a chimney and bioethanol does not. Camping cookers and lanterns are also often designed to run on bioethanol, as are cooking and heating appliances for boats and motorhomes. In the kitchen, bioethanol fondue sets are also a popular way to use the fuel.
The other major application of bioethanol is as a fuel for cars. Most petrol sold in the Netherlands is now a mixture of 10% bioethanol and 90% petrol. In some countries, cars running on higher percentages or even only bioethanol are common, with Brazil as a good example.