5th December 2023

What is a Bioethanol Fireplace?

A Bioethanol Fireplace is an eco-friendly fireplace that is cleaner and safer than your standard fireplace as it doesn’t emit any carbon dioxide into the home. 

These types of fireplaces are becoming more and more popular because of the ease of installation, modern design and safety features, making them perfect for homeowners. 

Read on as we invite you into the world of bioethanol fireplaces and answer all the questions you may have about them.

How do Bioethanol Fireplaces Work?

Our Bioethanol fireplaces create a real flame that uses a fully electronic burner which makes it one of the best eco-friendly fireplaces on the market today. 

The fuel comes in plastic bottles which can be stored at home out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources. 

One of the perks of our fireplace is that it will let you know when the fuel is running low, and we will provide you with an automatic refill pump as standard. 

The specially designed pump communicates with the device, delivering the necessary amount of fuel. There are different levels of burners available, with different burn times. It typically ranges from 5-12 hours. 

There is an option to have an XL fuel tank which vastly increases the burn time to 17-42 hours. The fireplace comes equipped with a remote control or even via your smartphone and some of the top-spec burners can be integrated into your smart home system.

BioFire Concrete Fireplace

Are Bioethanol Fires Safe?

Ethanol is of plant origin and is a fully renewable and green source of energy. It does not produce smoke or ash where the emission of carbon dioxide is insignificant. 

Also, no other carcinogenic substances are produced during the burning process, as opposed to other types of fireplaces.

Safety is a must with our fireplaces, which is why it’s worth spending the extra money instead of going for cheaper and lower-quality bioethanol burners. 

More specifically, the manually operated ones where you pour in the liquid fuel. Our recommendation is to buy an electric burner that burns the vapour of the fuel, not the fuel itself. 

The burners that we sell have multiple safety sensors including temperature, child lock, CO2 and overfill.

Our bioethanol fireplaces are some of the safest fireplaces on the market!

Are Bioethanol Fireplaces Eco-Friendly?

Yes, all of Modus’ bioethanol fireplaces are eco-friendly. Ethanol is a clean burning fuel which doesn’t emit any harmful toxins into the air, making ethanol an ideal fireplace for your family, especially with your kids, pets, people & and of course the environment!

Benefits of Bioethanol Fireplaces

No Chimney/Venting Required

The biggest benefit of bioethanol fireplaces is that there is no requirement for a flue or chimney so they can be placed in any room of any project with ease. 

These fireplaces do not require any form of venting as they burn clean. This gives you an incredible amount of freedom when it comes to placement options.

This makes them especially relevant for apartments and properties with no gas supply. 

No Mess & Fuss

Yes, you read that right. There is NO mess to worry about and clean up. 

Despite traditional wood-burning fireplaces being stunningly gorgeous in their own right, they do come with a lot of upkeep. 

Fortunately, ethanol fireplaces do not since these units burn clean and leave nothing behind. Additionally, these units don’t give off smoke or smell, which prompts you to sometimes leave the room.

Simple and Easy to use

You don’t need to chop up wood, haul them and stock them up for the cold winter season. You don’t need to fight to light your heart.

Bioethanol fireplaces automatically cut out the need for this work making the installation much easier and quicker. All you need is an electrical power supply.

No Loss of Heat

Since a chimney or any other form of venting is required, heat cannot escape, allowing you to completely enjoy the residual heat given off by the fireplace.


If a member of your household has asthma or some form of respiratory distress or any breathing problems and has avoided traditional wood-burning units for some time, then bioethanol fireplaces are ideal for them since these units do not emit anything into the air. 

They’re practically safe for everyone.

Important Bioethanol Considerations

Burner Size

You have to make sure that you are getting the right-sized burner for your room. Each one should come with a minimum room size in cubic metres. 

There may be a need for ventilation around the fireplace or elsewhere in the room. Inevitably there may be a slight odour emitted when it burns that some people can smell and others can’t. This is something that cannot be avoided with a flueless fire of this nature.

As well as looking great, these fireplaces do give out a lot of heat so you have to consider how you build around it and with which materials (non-combustible materials are recommended).


As previously mentioned, there have been some safety concerns around the cheaper, manually operated bioethanol burners.

We recommend ONLY using electronic burners that burn the vapour of the fuel rather than the fuel itself.

How Expensive are Bioethanol Fireplaces?

Our Bio Ethanol Fireplaces are priced based on the specifications of your home, with the help of our very own design consultant.

Every project we take on is unique, but our prices start at £6,500 excl VAT. To learn more about how we price projects take a look at our pricing options

Do you have a design in mind for a bioethanol fireplace?

Contact Modus Fireplaces and speak to a design consultant to see how we can create one of these centrepiece fireplaces in your home.