Ethanol and Alcohol Gel FAQs

Ethanol and Alcohol Gel Fire Fuel FAQs

Frequently asked questions and answers about ethanol fireplaces, alcohol gel fireplaces and the fire fuel that they use.

Ethanol fireplaces put a modern spin on the outdated fireplace with designs that offer incomparable individuality, aesthetics, and quality. Bio fireplaces use sophisticated "green" technology to burn liquid ethanol or gel fuel to create a non-polluting, smokeless, odorless and completely safe fire that can be enjoyed in both indoor and outdoor settings.


Although ethanol fuel fireplaces are quickly gaining popularity among homeowners all over the world, they are still pretty new to the market so information on them might be limited. To bring light to popular ethanol fire place help topics, We've compiled this list of frequently asked questions and answers to help not only homeowners who already own an ethanol fire place but also those who may be in the market one.


Frequently Asked Questions About Ethanol Fireplaces

What are the different types of fire fuel used with eco friendly fireplaces?

What is ethanol fire fuel and what is it made of?

What is alcohol gel fire fuel and what is it made of?

How do I light my alcohol gel fire fuel?

How do I light my ethanol fire fuel?

How do I extinguish the flame in my ethanol fire place?

How do I extinguish the flame in my alcohol gel fireplace?

How do I add fuel to my ethanol fire place?

How do I add fuel to my alcohol gel fireplace?

Are ethanol fireplaces and alcohol gel fireplaces safe to use indoors?

Will an ethanol fire place or an alcohol gel fireplace produce any odor while it's burning?

Will an ethanol fire place or an alcohol gel fireplace produce any smoke?

How should I clean the stainless steel on my ethanol fire place or alcohol gel fireplace?

Will the stainless steel on my ethanol fire place or my alcohol gel fireplace become discolored from the heat or flame from the fire fuel?

Do ethanol fireplaces and alcohol gel fireplaces give off heat?

Are there limits what kind of walls I can mount my ethanol fire place or my alcohol gel fireplace on?

Can I recess my wall mount ethanol fire place or my alcohol gel fireplace into my wall?

My ethanol fire place came with a white cloth inside of the fuel tray. What is it and should it be kept in or thrown out?

How long will the ethanol fire fuel burn for in my ethanol fire place?

How long will the alcohol gel fire fuel burn for in my alcohol gel fireplace?

Do I have to use all of the fire fuel in my ethanol fireplace or my alcohol gel fireplace all at once?


Answers to Popular Alcohol Gel and Ethanol Fire place Questions

Question: What are the different types of fire fuel used with eco friendly fireplaces?

  • Answer: Ethanol fire fuel and alcohol gel fire fuel.

Question: What is ethanol fire fuel and what is it made of?

  • Answer: Ethanol fire fuel is a clear, colorless alcohol fuel made from the fermentation of sugars found in grains such as corn, sorghum, and wheat, as well as potato skins, rice, and yard clippings. This makes ethanol fire fuel a renewable fuel source since it is made from plant materials. Ethanol fire fuel comes in a pourable container that is used to refill fuel trays in ethanol fireplaces.

Question: What is alcohol gel fire fuel and what is it made of?

  • Answer: Alcohol gel fire fuel is made from pure, premium grade isopropyl alcohol, water, salt and thickeners to enhance stability. Manufacturers that add salt to their alcohol gel fire fuel do so to create a crackle effect that simulates the sounds of a real wood burning fire. Alcohol gel fire fuel comes in alcohol gel approved canisters that are designed to be placed directly into the alcohol gel fireplace and burnt in the can. When the alcohol gel burns out, the can is disposed of and replaced with a new one.

Question: How do I light my alcohol gel fire fuel?

  • Answer: To light alcohol gel fire fuel:

    - Shake the canister to mix the gel

    - Remove the label from the canister

    - Place the canister in the alcohol gel fireplace

    - Use a long, wand lighter to light the fire fuel inside of the canister

Question: How do I light my ethanol fire fuel?

  • Answer: To light ethanol fire fuel:

    - Pour the liquid ethanol from the container directly into the fuel tray in your ethanol fire place. Only fill the fuel tray 3/4 of the way full. Never over fill your fuel tray in the ethanol fire place

    - Use a long, wand lighter to light the fuel in the fuel tray

    - A "flash" is possible when lighting a fire in your ethanol fire place so be sure to keep you face away from the burner. It is best to light the fuel directly after filling the burn tray with fuel in ethanol fireplaces since the unlit fuel can give off some fumes which are combustible

Question: How do I extinguish the flame in my ethanol fire place?

  • Answer: All ethanol fireplaces come with a fuel tray and a lid to cover the opening with a separate handle. Using the handle to close the lid to the fuel tray will eliminate the supply of oxygen to the fire which will extinguish the flame. Some ethanol fireplaces will come with a fuel snuffer to put the fire out.

Question: How do I extinguish the flame in my alcohol gel fireplace?

  • Answer: To extinguish the flame in an alcohol gel fireplaces, place the lid to the alcohol gel fire fuel over the flame. Placing the lid over the flame will eliminate the supply of oxygen to the fire which will extinguish the flame. To avoid getting your hands close to the burning flame you can use a fuel snuffer to put the fire out.

Question: How do I add fuel to my ethanol fire place?

  • Answer: To add fuel to an ethanol fire place, pour the ethanol from the pourable container directly into the fuel tray using a funnel or other pouring device. Do not fill the fuel tray all the way up. Only fill it about 3/4 of the way full.

    - Never add fuel to bio fireplaces that are already burning or hot

    - Never add fuel to bio fireplaces that are already burning or hot

    - If you spill the fuel clean it up immediately and thoroughly. Fuel that is spilled on a non-porous or absorbent surface will eventually evaporate

Question: How do I add fuel to my alcohol gel fireplace?

  • Answer: Alcohol gel fireplaces use ready to light canisters of fire fuel. Once you have burned all of the fuel in a canister, just dispose of the empty canister and replace it with a new one.

Question: Are ethanol fireplaces and alcohol gel fireplaces safe to use indoors?

  • Answer: Yes. Ethanol fireplaces and alcohol gel fireplaces are completely safe to use indoors. This is because the only by-products ethanol fireplaces and alcohol gel fireplaces produce are heat, steam, and very minimal amounts of CO2. Because of their ability to burn so clean, ethanol fireplaces and alcohol gel firepalces do not require a chimney or any kind of ventilation. Free standing and floor models can be placed on carpeting however, all models should be positioned at least 3 feet from any flammable materials.

Question: Will an ethanol fire place or an alcohol gel fireplace produce any odor while it's burning?

  • Answer: No. Both ethanol and alcohol gel are colorless, odorless fire fuels so they don't produce an odor or scent of any kind while they are burning.

Question: Will an ethanol fire place or an alcohol gel fireplace produce any smoke?

  • Answer: No. Both ethanol fireplaces and alcohol gel fireplaces produce a clean flame without producing smoke.

Question: How should I clean the stainless steel on my ethanol fire place or alcohol gel fireplace?

  • Answer: Stainless steel parts on an ethanol fire place or an alcohol gel fireplace can easily be cleaned by using an ordinary standard stainless steel spray cleaner along with a soft cloth to wipe it down. If the fuel tray or lid are discolored or tarnished on your ethanol fire place, it is recommended that to remove the fuel tray from the fireplace and use a paste or cream-like stainless steel cleaner and a soft cloth to rub and buff the stainless steel clean.

Question: Will the stainless steel on my ethanol fire place or my alcohol gel fireplace become discolored from the heat or flame?

  • Answer: The heat produced by ethanol fireplaces or alcohol gel fireplaces can cause some discoloration to the fuel tray, the lid, or surrounding stainless steel parts. Extended and constant use of the ethanol fire place may lead to slight tarnishing and discoloration of the ethanol fire place or the alcohol gel fireplace itself. If this happens, tarnish and discoloration can easily be cleaned with a standard stainless steel cleaner and a soft cloth.

Question: Do ethanol fireplaces and alcohol gel fireplaces give off heat?

  • Answer: While ethanol fireplaces and alcohol gel fireplaces are not meant to be used as a primary heat source they do produce moderate amounts of heat. Due to their vent-free nature 100 percent of the heat that an eco fireplace gives off is kept in the room instead of being lost up the flu or vent. For example, depending on the size of the fireplace and the opening of the fuel tray, an ethanol fire place will produce anywhere from 4,000 to 8,500 BTUs. Alcohol gel fire fuel canisters will produce anywhere from 2,500-3,000 BTUs.

Question: Are there limits what kind of walls I can mount my ethanol fire place or my alcohol gel fireplace on?

  • Answer: Yes. Wall mount ethanol fireplaces and alcohol gel fireplaces should be mounted on sturdy, flat, vertical wall surfaces. You can mount an ethanol fire place or an alcohol gel fireplace on brick, drywall, stone, tile and wallpapered walls however, ethanol fireplaces should not be mounted on walls with fabric or cloth covering. Make sure the provided spacers are screwed onto the back side of the ethanol fireplace or the alcohol gel fireplace as directed so the fireplace is not directly against the wall.

Question: Can I recess my wall mount ethanol fire place or my alcohol gel fireplace into my wall?

  • Answer: No. You cannot recess your ethanol fire place of alcohol gel fireplace into the wall. This is because ethanol fireplaces and alcohol gel fireplaces get hot and it is important to allow air to flow around all sides including the back side.

Question: My ethanol fire place came with a white cloth inside of the fuel tray. What is it and should it be kept in or thrown out?

  • Answer: The white cloth that comes with an ethanol fire place is a non flammable fiber that is used to create a better dancing flame more evenly across the fireplace opening. It is not required to be used in your ethanol fire place and you can still use your fireplace without it. If you choose to use the cloth with your ethanol fire place make sure it does not cover the the small holes inside the top of the fuel tray as they are needed to supply oxygen to the fuel.

Question: How long will the ethanol fire fuel burn for in my ethanol fire place?

  • Answer: 1 quart of ethanol fire fuel will burn for up to 5 hours. This may vary depending on the size of the fuel tray.

Question: How long will the alcohol gel fire fuel burn for in my alcohol gel fireplace?

  • Answer: A 13 oz. canister of alcohol gel fire fuel will burn for up to 2.5 to 3 hours.

Question: Do I have to use all of the fire fuel in my ethanol fireplace or my alcohol gel fireplace all at once?

  • Answer: No. If you don't use all of the fuel in your ethanol fire place or alcohol gel fireplace in one sitting you can extinguish the fire and reuse it at a later time. However, be sure to wait at least 30-45 minutes before relighting the fuel to allow the cup, reservoir, can or fireplace to cool down. Failure to allow the fire fuel ample time to cool down could result in serious injury if the fuel is ignited while it is still hot.