How a flueless fire works
The traditional wood burner – beloved and warming throughout the ages. Heating the home with a crackling fire is hardly a new phenomenon. The bioethanol fireplace, which is actually a new kid on the block, is regarded by many as a comparable alternative to a wood burner. We think it’s actually an even better alternative, not least for the wallet but also for the environment. In other words, an ethanol fireplace has many benefits.
Efficiency of bioethanol versus wood
A major benefit of choosing an ethanol fireplace is that you avoid the excess heat that is generated when burning wood. Instead of a sizeable amount being lost through the flue, all of the heat is directed into the room where the fireplace is located, with 100% efficiency. This is in contrast to a wood burner which has an efficiency of only 70%. Vauni’s ethanol fireplace provides a maximum output of 2 to 3 kW. The heat is generated instantly, is targeted and can therefore act as a supplement to existing heating. Most people usually say that a Vauni provides just enough heat for normal comfort heating.
The ethanol that is used to fuel a Vauni fireplace has an energy value almost four times that of wood. This means that using an ethanol fireplace from Vauni is much more energy-efficient than a wood burner at providing the same amount of heat. In addition, choosing an ethanol fireplace eliminates the adverse climate impact and pollution that a wood burner releases not only into the surroundings, but which can also pollute all the way to the Arctic.
Cost and time savings
There are several cost savings to be considered when choosing a fireplace. By choosing an ethanol-fuelled fireplace, you only need to buy the fireplace and the fuel. On the other hand, when investing in a wood burner, you first have to apply for planning permission for the flue, then buy the fireplace and flue, and then have it installed and inspected. Added to this are the costs of sweeping and of course regularly buying the wood. The price of installing a wood burner is almost two and a half times as much as the price of buying and simply setting up a Vauni fireplace. With an ethanol fireplace you also save both time and space. You don’t have to store wood and can start a fire easily without firelighters, newspaper or the like. The ethanol fireplace also provides a high output right away!
Bioethanol, a natural product
Bioethanol is not just a cheaper fuel than wood for fires. It’s also a clean and renewable natural product. The combustion in your Vauni fireplace therefore has a neutral impact on the climate and environment. Our Vauni Ecoflame Premium and Vauni Ecoflame Supreme fuels are completely environmentally friendly and 100% renewable. Bioethanol is made from potatoes, grain, corn, cellulose and other similar raw materials. The combustion is completely clean and only very small amounts of carbon dioxide and water vapour are produced by the fire. In fact, the amount of carbon dioxide released is no greater than what you breathe out yourself in your exhaled air. When using a fuel from Vauni for your fire, you can rest assured that it will burn without generating soot, smoke or ash. That’s why Vauni’s fireplaces and bioethanol burners don’t need flues so you’re actively choosing an environmentally friendly way to fuel your fire. You also get a highly efficient fireplace.
Ethanol – fireplace with the best efficiency
In short, you can halve your fire costs each season by using an ethanol fireplace instead of a wood burner. With a bioethanol fireplace from Vauni and bioethanol as a fuel, you can heat your room in a modern and environmentally friendly way. Ethanol fireplace – just as beloved and warming as a wood burner, adored even more by nature and your wallet.
You can find answers to our most frequently asked questions about ethanol burners and more here. You’re also welcome to contact us if there’s anything you’re wondering about – no matter how big or small (or if you want some advice).
*We reserve the right to make any changes to the price and for typos.
Source of efficiency information: respective manufacturer and the Swedish Energy Agency.
Source of fuel cost information: Råd & Rön.
The basis for calculating the total cost of purchasing a wood burner is based on market prices for planning permission, purchasing a 5 kW wood burner, the cost of installation and annual sweeping, and the price of a Vauni Globe respectively.
The total cost per season includes the cost of lighting a fire on 180 days a year with 40-litre sacks of birch wood compared with bottles of Vauni Ecoflame Premium XL, plus the purchase of the fireplace with a 10-year depreciation period.