Hearth & Home is the leading  retailer of  Modern Wood Burning stoves in Ireland
FAQ About Bio-Ethanol Fires

How safe are bio-fuel fires?
Bio fuel fires are completely safe when treated with the respect that all naked flames deserved and when used in accordance with the instructions supplied. All bio-fuel burners have been designed with safety as a priorty.

What is Bio-Ethanol liquid?
Bio-Ethanol is derived from the fermentation of crops therefore producing only carbon dioxide and water vapour when burning making them safe to use indoors without the need of a chimney or flue.

Where can I use Bio-fuel fire?
Portable fires can be used either indoors on a table top, in a disused fireplace, in an alcove or outdoors in the garden. Bio-Ethanol fires are completely safe to use indoors, care should be taken to ensure that the fires are placed on a stable, solid surface. They should be placed out of reach of children and pets and away from flammable materials (e.g. curtains/sofas etc). Bear in mind that a strong draft will fan the flames from side to side. Outdoors the fire will still burn successfully in breezy conditions however the flame can become unpredictable so care should be taken.

How hot will the fire get?
Bio fuel fires are designed to allow heat to convect away from the body of the burner. Although the sides of the fire will warm up the base of the unit will stay cooler so they will remain safe to touch. The fuel reservoir and the top of the gel fire/bio fuel fire will get very hot and these areas should not be touched until the burner has cooled for several minutes.

How large are the flames and can I vary their size?
The size of the flame is determined predominantly by the size of the fuel reservoir being used and by the prevailing conditions (i.e. breezy or still air). Most models do not have a flame varying option.

Will the burner set off my smoke alarm if used indoors?
The ethanol based fuel that we supply burns without smoke, therefore, using your burner indoors will not set off your smoke alarm.

How do I light the burner?
To light the gel fire/bio fuel fire just apply a naked flame using a taper or extended lighter to the surface of the fuel in the reservoir. An initial small blue flame (sometimes difficult to see immediately) will spread across whole surface of the fuel and begin to turn yellow within a short period of time. The flames will reach their maximum height when the reservoir has warmed up. Do not refill or light a reservoir immediately after use - allow to cool for several minutes before relighting.

How do I extinguish the burner?
To extinguish the burner, place the snuffer supplied over the reservoir - the flames will be starved of oxygen and will go out within a couple of seconds.

How much bio-ethanol fuel will I use?
The rate at which the bio fuel burns is determined predominantly by the size of the fuel reservoir being used and by the prevailing conditions (i.e. breezy or still air).

What if I spill the fuel?
Try to avoid spilling any fuel when filling the fuel reservoir by using a funnel or jug. If this does happen then carefully wipe away all the spilt liquid. The fire should not be lit until all the spilt liquid is cleaned up. Do not refill or light a reservoir immediately after or during use - allow cooling for several minutes before relighting - warm fuel vapours in the reservoir need time to cool and either condense or disperse before relighting.