Once a fireplace with live fire was a luxury item and could only be owned by the owner of his own home. In addition, a home fireplace with tongues of flame required a lot of effort in installation and further maintenance: installing an exhaust pipe, looking for additional storage space for firewood and time in order to ignite the fireplace and keep it warm. Modern reality literally forced the manufacturers of fireplaces to create such a copy that would be easy to install and operate, and today we know this "miracle of technology" called a biofireplace.
The bio fireplace, or the eco version of the fireplace, is a true model of the hearth with a real flame that burns behind heat-resistant glass partitions. For the eco-fireplace, biologically pure fuel is used - alcohol, or ethanol, which, when burned, does not form harmful emissions and is safe for health.
Features of the
Let's talk about the main advantages of biofuel fireplaces and how a modern system works
- To begin with, a biofireplace is a version of a home fireplace with a live fire that “plays” in a glass space, which ensures safety for people around (especially children and animals) and furniture.
- Installing a biofireplace is a mere trifle compared to its “wood-fired” version. There is no need to build a smoke evacuation system for an eco-fireplace.
- Fuel for the fireplace uses biologically pure liquid fuel - this is alcohol that burns without residue and does not harm the health of others. The combustion temperature of the fuel is low, and the evaporation of carbon dioxide is so small that an ordinary candle can be considered a more dangerous source of heat.
- Fuel for the fireplace is commercially available, and you do not need to allocate a separate room for storing it (for example, as with firewood).
- A wide variety of eco fireplace models allows you to create an interior that you have long dreamed of. Individual models of hearths are selected in accordance with the design of the room where the fireplace will be located.
- The use of a bio fireplace does not imply the presence of soot and dirt.
- These fireplaces are affordable.
- A bio fireplace without a chimney is an excellent source of heat.
- And the main thing, perhaps, their advantage lies in the fact that the biofireplace can be easily installed in your own, even not too large apartment.
Device and principle of operation
I wonder how a biofireplace works: how to fill and light fuel? How to install it and how to properly shutdown it?
The main structure, or composition, of the biofireplace is a hearth with a heating block and a burner, biofuel is poured into the latter. The traditional material from which the heating block is made is stainless steel; Among the elements of the fireplace, it is worth noting the combustion area (the same firebox for wood-burning fireplace models) and a special cover, thanks to which you can extinguish the fire.
It is worth using eco-alcohol as the main fuel for the fireplace, the usual one will not work because it does not give the effect of a real living flame and can harm the work of the structure. There are liquid and gel textures of biofuels, which have their own advantages and allow the burner to work as long as possible. The fireplace fuel consists mainly of alcohol that is harmless to health.
Installing a fireplace is a simple matter. If your home is "free" format, then just put it in any place you like in the house.If the fireplace is wall-mounted, then use the bracket (it comes with the fireplace) and install the model on the wall.
To light a biofireplace, it is worth pouring fuel into its burner and use an ordinary lighter; in the first few minutes, the flame will flare up and acquire a more saturated structure and shade. Usually the biofireplace continues to burn for 5-6 hours and goes out on its own; if you need to extinguish the fire before it burns out, use a flame arrester.
It is surprising how economical the fuel consumption of the biofireplace is: there is enough fuel for one fill for a period of up to 6 hours of its operation (this time varies depending on the model and its size). Fuel is stored in canisters of various sizes. With frequent use of the fireplace, there is enough fuel for a long time
There are several types of biofireplaces, depending on the method of installation and appearance:
Island or floor-standing biofireplaces are convenient in that the installations do not trumpet; It is enough to place the device in the chosen place directly on the floor. A room biofireplace is easy to move from place to place or to provide it with a single point of location;
By the way, the base of such fireplaces can be different: metal, glass, stone or others.
Built-in bio fireplaces They have a frame that is installed in the wall and a block for fuel of various sizes. Such a fireplace is designed at the stage of rough finishing, which allows you to allocate enough space for it;
The fireplace is installed in a pre-prepared niche, the depth of which must be at least 20 cm. The built-in biofireplace can be additionally decorated with natural stone or any other material that will give the interior a complete look.
Corner biofireplaces allow you to brighten up an unattended corner of your home and provide an excellent heat source. A corner biofireplace for a home can be floor standing or requiring installation on a bracket.
Hanging bio fireplaces Is an excellent way to save space in the house and at the same time have an amazing fireplace in its design. In terms of their weight, they are much lighter than floor or built-in counterparts, which makes it possible to install an unusual structure on a wall or ceiling.
By the way, the design of hanging fireplaces is rather close to the high-tech style, not to the classics, so it would be appropriate to install such a piece of home interior in a living room or bedroom of a modern format.
There are closed, open and combined models of the biofireplace, which is attached to the ceiling. The open or combined type allows you to enjoy an open flame that “plays” in a glass or metal bowl of the “hearth” and gives valuable warmth.
Table biofireplaces are miniatures of the hearth with fiery tongues, which are so easy to put on a work or dining table. A mini-fireplace is convenient in that it does not require installation and is very economical.
If you choose a built-in or floor model and expect the longest possible service life from them, pay attention to the thickness of the walls of the structure and the fuel tank - the thicker these structures are, the longer the fireplace will last
To create an interior in a classic style or fashionable Provence style, choose a built-in model or a floor structure with the possibility of facing with natural stone or other natural material. This will create a unique and stylish interior with a safe fireplace that will feel like a real home
Is your interior modern or minimalistic? Stop attention on hanging models of the bio fireplace or on those that do not require installation
Want to save valuable space already? Consider the vertical biofireplace - a slim, sleek design that won't take up much space in your living room, or opt for a pendant model with an open fire
If you dream of creating an interior in ethnic style with a fireplace: choose a low version of the hearth and low seats opposite (the ideal choice is fluffy floor pillows)
For an interior in your own house of the "village life" type, choose a model of an eco-fireplace with a raw design or create it yourself by facing the "hearth" with natural rough stone
Biofireplace fuel - ethyl alcohol, may have scent additives that will provide your home with new and favorite scents
Reviews of bio fireplaces are extremely good and positive; consumers especially note the availability of ecological models of the “hearth” and their safety in the conditions of an apartment or a private house. Especially daring decorators choose hanging biofireplaces for their clients - an ideal piece of furniture that provides warmth and an unusually attractive appearance to the space.
Reviews about bio fireplaces allow you to choose a decent model for yourself on the basis of price and quality; you can leave your choice on domestic or foreign models, having familiarized yourself with the "experience" of other homeowners in the network. Consumers appreciate the ability to store fuel in small packages; besides, it is safe while the fireplace is burning and does not irritate others.
With your own hands
It is quite possible to create a biofireplace on your own, you just have to comply with the points of the plan and be patient.
The easiest way is to build a desktop version of a biofireplace, for which you need glass, a glass cutter, a sealant for gluing, a base (metal) and a mesh, a container for biofuel, material for the future wick and decorative elements. To begin with, it is worth creating a base of metal, it is possible to take for it a metal baking sheet for kebabs, then take a glass made of metal where the fuel will be stored, finally take a pots or a slightly larger container that will serve as a fuel block.
Now we create a biofireplace screen from glass elements - glue them together and build a rectangular structure on top of the base. It is worth placing a grid on the base, under which the fuel block will be located, and at the top - heat-resistant stones for decorations or other non-hot items. The bio fireplace is ready.
To create a floor fireplace, the plan is the same, just the dimensions of the structure will be larger, and more material will be required. The floor fireplace can be additionally decorated with stone or other natural or industrial material of your choice.