Price: N$ 210.00 per 5 litre biofuel
A box ( 20 litre) : N$ 840.00
Bioethanol - or simply ‘ethanol’ is a renewable energy source made by fermenting sugar and starch components of plant by-products – mainly sugarcane and crops such as grain.
Bioethanol burns clean – no smoke, no sparks, no fuss. The combustion of bioethanol produces heat, steam and carbon dioxide.
Carbon dioxide is absorbed by plants which is then processed via photosynthesis to help the plant grow.
This infinite cycle of creation and combustion of energy makes bioethanol a carbon neutral, environmentally friendly fuel source.
Three Fire Hazards you need to be aware of
Whilst bioethanol is not explosive, it is still highly flammable. Therefore, filling and lighting the fireplace needs careful attention. As with any live flame, there is a fire hazard.
Spilling bioethanol while fuelling the fireplace
If you light an ethanol fireplace and disregard to any spilled fuel, you risk having an uncontrollable flame. There is no risk of explosions as the fuel needs a certain temperature to produce larger flames. However, it can cause material damages to the fireplace.
To avoid spilling, we always recommend using a funnel. Should you spill some fuel, it is important to clean it up and ensure that you do not have any bioethanol on your hands or lighter.
Fuelling a hot burner
Filling bioethanol into a hot fireplace should be avoided at all cost. When lighting bioethanol, the fumes are ignited and burn. By pouring bioethanol into a hot burner, this will increase evaporation of the fuel, and thereby increase the amount of fumes. As a result, lighting bioethanol that has been poured into a hot burner can cause a flare up.
Follow these four steps before refuelling any ethanol fireplace:
- Close the lid safely
- Wait a minimum of 10 minutes before refuelling
- Pour bioethanol into the burner using a funnel
- Check for any spilled fuel before lighting the fireplace
Once a fireplace is running low on fuel, the flames tend to decrease in size, and the flame might be very dim. Should you assume that the fireplace is extinguished and fuel it when it is still alight, this will result in a flared flame potentially igniting the fuel inside the fuel tank.
Overfilling the burner
Always follow the guidelines set out in the instruction manual. The instructions and quantities may vary, but it is usually recommended to fill the burner no more than one cm from the top. Filling too much fuel into the burner can cause an uncontrollable flame, which might be difficult to extinguish.