Electric Fireplaces vs. Bio Ethanol Fireplaces

Pros and Cons Of Electric Fireplaces vs. Bio Ethanol Fireplaces

If you are torn between electric and bio ethanol fireplaces, it very well may come down to a coin toss or a little poll with friends. Although both varieties do have “cons” they also both have a long list of advantages that make them so popular. If you can’t decide between two stunning contemporary pieces that would both look exceptional in your space, this list of pros and cons should help you make your decision.

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Pros of Electric Fireplaces

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  • Inexpensive to operate. Most electric fireplaces literally cost only pennies per hour to operate. This is the most budget-friendly type of fireplace to operate for longer periods of time.


  • Some styles allow you to turn the heat off so you can still create ambiance in the summer, even when it is 100 degrees out and you have the central air blasting.


  • They produce zero emissions, thereby allowing you to place one anywhere that you have an electrical outlet. This includes a small bathroom.
  • Electric fireplaces are ventless. You don’t need a chimney because they don’t create smoke.
  • They provide instant heat. As soon as you turn the fireplace on, you feel the warmth.
  • You don’t have to keep track of a long wand lighter that always seem to come up missing. All you need is the remote control.
  • Since they are so inexpensive to operate, you can turn the heat down on the thermostat during that movie marathon and be warmed by a cheaper heat source.


Pros of Bio Ethanol Fireplaces


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  • Like an electric fireplace, bio ethanol varieties do not require a chimney either like Gel fuel fireplace. You can place them anywhere, even somewhere without an electrical outlet.


  • There are some that are portable. Therefore you could carry it to your patio to enjoy and then bring it back in at night. This is not an option with an electrical socket.
  • No dangerous fumes are created. You get a real flame without all the harmful toxins created by wood.
  • This clean fuel not only is smoke-free, it creates zero ashes. This means that there is absolutely no cleanup. You pour in the bio ethanol and ignite.
  • A bio ethanol fireplace is the most environmentally friendly option. The fuel is made from fermented sugars that originate from plant forestry products. Although electric styles are more environmentally friendly than wood, producing electricity from coal or natural gas is not all that ozone-friendly.
  • If the power goes out, you at least have one source of heat.


Cons of Electric Fireplaces

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  • You need electricity to power these fireplaces. Therefore, if there is a power outage, you won’t be able to use it to keep warm. 
  • Although some styles do look fairly realistic, they will never give you that coveted real flame.


Cons of Bio Ethanol Fireplaces


  • They don’t consume a ton of oxygen, but they do still use a little. If burning for a few hours in a small space, open a window or door for a few seconds to let a little fresh air in.
  • There is no off switch for the heat, so you likely won’t want to operate one in the summer when you have the air on.

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