In the recent past, fireplaces were considered a luxury item, wealthy people had them in country houses, while the inhabitants of apartment buildings could not even dream of such a thing. But today everything has changed a lot with the advent of bio-fireplaces — real fire has become possible in an ordinary apartment.
Of course, such bio-fireplaces require special fuel — they are not heated with firewood. And it is a liquid biofuel that allows every city dweller to enjoy their own fireplace.
How does a biofireplace work?
For those who are interested in this issue, we will briefly describe the device of the fireplace. So, in the case there is a burner for a biofireplace, into which fuel is poured and ignited. The volume of the fuel tank determines how often you add ethanol. In more complex models, there are two burners separated by a perforated partition.
When pouring fuel, be extremely careful, because even a few drops spilled around the fireplace can lead to an instant spread of fire and a fire.
Biofuel for biofireplaces — advantages and features
The difference between biofuel and conventional fuel is that when burned, it does not emit soot and soot at all. In its composition, it is almost pure ethanol (wine alcohol). Since by law the public is not allowed to sell pure ethanol, for biofireplaces it is made from denatured ethanol.
Among the advantages of ethanol is that it does not have a harmful effect on the environment, during combustion it decomposes into water vapor and carbon monoxide with the release of heat, it burns with a colorless fire with a slight blue tint.
The device of the heating block in the biofireplace and the composition of the fuel cannot lead to smoke, sparks, and the production of toxic substances — such fireplaces are completely safe.
DIY biofireplace fuel
It’s not at all difficult to make it. We will need 96% ethanol (available at a pharmacy) and highly refined gasoline, for example, intended for lighters.
We take a liter of alcohol and 50–80 g of gasoline, mix until they stop stratifying. Immediately after cooking, we use the fuel so that it does not have time to separate from each other again.
Pour the mixture into the biofireplace burner and ignite. Such fuel is no worse than purchased. For an hour of burning, you will need less than 0.5 liters. So a 2.5 liter tank will give you at least 8 hours of enjoying a beautiful and safe flame.