Bioethanol stoves are quickly becoming the must-have home accessory. They provide the beauty of real flames in your home, with minimal fuss and maximum convenience and cleanliness. If you’re thinking of buying one, then you may be wondering what your options are. Keep reading and the Direct Stoves team will give you a tour of the different bioethanol stove types…
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What are bioethanol stoves?
If you’re new to the world of stoves – and many people are, given their recent rocketing popularity – then you may be wondering what exactly bioethanol stoves are.
Well, forgive the somewhat obvious answer, but a bioethanol stove is a heating appliance that is fuelled by bioethanol.
Bioethanol (which is sometimes simply called ‘ethanol’) is a type of liquid fuel which is manufactured by fermenting the sugar and starch elements from plants such as sugar cane, straw, and other similar types of plant.
It’s the plant-based origin of this type of ethanol that gives it the prefix ‘bio’.
The result of the fermentation process is a liquid which has a high alcohol content. As a result, bioethanol is extremely clean burning, producing virtually zero emissions or combustion-related materials.
Are bioethanol stoves easy to use?
As bioethanol stoves are still relatively new to most people here in the UK, we often get asked how easy they are to use.
The answer is very!
Bioethanol tends to be sold in convenient plastic bottles (typically of around 1 litre capacity).
Using a bioethanol stove is as simple as buying some of these plastic bottles and then filling up the stove’s ‘burner tray’. Once filled, the burner tray is ignited and the bioethanol will burn until it runs out.
Should you want to turn off a bioethanol stove when it’s ‘mid-burn’, the majority of stoves feature a sliding mechanism which slides over the burner tray to extinguish the flames.
This sliding mechanism can sometimes also be used to modulate how much the bioethanol is burning – being opened or closed to decrease or increase the flow of air to the bioethanol and thus affecting how much the bioethanol burns.
And, that’s about it! As we’ve written previously, bioethanol stoves are exceptionally easy appliances to use and maintain. It’s for that reason that more and more people are choosing bioethanol stoves to create a very distinctive visual feature in their homes.
Note – although bioethanol stoves are extremely clean burning, they should always be used in a well ventilated area.
The different types of bioethanol stove
Just as there are many different types and styles of fireplace and log burner you can choose from, the same is the case for bioethanol stoves.
Because bioethanol stoves are such simple appliances, they are available in a truly dizzying array of styles, shapes, sizes and dimensions. To give you an idea of just how varied bioethanol stoves can be, we’ve taken a tour of the different types below.
Freestanding bioethanol stoves
Arguably, one of the most eye-catching types of bioethanol stove you can buy is a freestanding bioethanol stove.
Freestanding bioethanol stoves can be located almost anywhere within the home and often feature striking aesthetics such as beautiful solid colour finishes and brushed steel components.
Many people also choose to match freestanding bioethanol stoves with other bold features within the home – such as placing them within the mouth of an old fireplace.
Henley Optimyst Freestanding Bioethanol Stove
The Henley Optimyst is one of the finest examples of a freestanding bioethanol stove. As the image above makes clear, this is a stove which won’t fail to attract attention.
With its sleek white outer finish and brushed steel burner section, the Optimyst will complement a wide range of interior decor styles.
It’ll do that without breaking the bank, either. The Optimyst is able to hold 6.5 litres of bioethanol, with a burn time of five hours.
Henley Madrid Freestanding Bioethanol Stove
A different take on the concept of a freestanding stove is the Henley Madrid. This is a beautiful, curved stove which features a sophisticated black-satin finish and an expansive viewing window, providing an unhindered view of the flames inside.
Whether you want to discreetly place it in the corner of a room, or make it the centre of attention, the Madrid will live up to the occasion thanks to its stylish silhouette and overall stance.
The Madrid is also a highly efficient stove, having a capacity of 1.5 litres, matched with an incredible burn time of four hours.
Henley Vienna Freestanding Bioethanol Stove
Almost resembling an art installation, the Vienna from Henley is an exceptionally stylish and elegant freestanding bioethanol stove.
With a height of 1,500 mm and a width of 400 mm, the Vienna is a large bioethanol stove that has a substantial presence.
Available in either white or matt black, there’s a Henley Vienna to suit every home – traditional or modern alike.
The Vienna is able to hold a total of 1.5 litres of bioethanol, with a total burn time of four hours, meaning it’s exceptionally efficient.
Traditional bioethanol stoves
Are you looking for a bioethanol stove that resembles a traditional log burner? Then a traditionally-styled bioethanol stove will be perfect for you.
As you’d expect, a traditional bioethanol stove closely resembles a log burner, but doesn’t have any of the installation requirements such as needing a chimney and flue.
Instead, a traditional bioethanol stove offers you the best of both worlds; the stylish good looks of a log burner, but with none of the complications and mess!
Below, you’ll find some of our most popular traditional bioethanol stoves.
Henley Dalewood Landscape Bioethanol Stove
With a design that is redolent of the most luxurious contemporary log burners, the Henley Dalewood is the perfect way to bring the magic of a log burner into your home (without the need for a chimney).
Featuring a very large viewing window, the Dalewood will allow you and your family to enjoy the flickering, dancing bioethanol flames without interruption. The large viewing window also provides plenty of opportunities for the flames to illuminate your living room with warm, cosy, ambient light.
Although best positioned in an existing fireplace, the Dalewood is very flexible and thus can be situated almost anywhere in your home.
The Dalewood has a capacity of 1.2 litres and a burn time of approximately five hours.
Henley Hazlewood Compact Bioethanol Stove
If you like the Dalewood above, but have limited space to work with, then the Hazlewood (also from Henley) is the perfect alternative.
With a height of 500 mm (compared to the Dalewood’s 620 mm) and a width of 420 mm (compared to the Dalewood’s 550 mm), the Hazlewood is perfect for smaller rooms and fireplaces.
Aside from its compact dimensions, the Hazlewood features a stylish and contemporary design with a beautiful black-satin graphite finish, a brushed metal handle, and a large viewing window.
The Hazlewood is able to hold a total of 1.5 litres of bioethanol, and has a burn time of approximately four hours.
Henley Hazlewood Double Side Bioethanol Stove
Did you know that the Henley Hazlewood has a two-faced brother? Well, you do now!
The Henley Hazlewood Double Side is ideal for creating a truly beautiful and attractive focal point within rooms of any type.
Its double-sided construction means it’s possible to look straight through this stove and observe the bioethanol flames dancing within.
As this stove doesn’t require a chimney or flue, it can be placed near enough anywhere (so long as it’s safe). So, the Henley Hazlewood Double Side provides you with an opportunity to create a truly unique home feature.
The Hazlewood Double Side has a large capacity of 3-litres of bioethanol, and as a result has a very impressive burn time of nine and a half hours.
Wall-mounted bioethanol stoves
Achieve a truly contemporary, sleek, seamless look with a wall-mounted bioethanol stove.
Thanks to their ability to be mounted to walls of all kinds, wall-mounted bioethanol stoves create a feature which draws the eye and holds the attention of the viewer.
Here at Direct Stoves, we’re big fans of wall-mounted bioethanol stoves, so you’ll find quite an impressive variety highlighted below.
Henley Crete Wall-Mounted Bioethanol Stove
Providing an almost TV-like viewing experience, the Henley Crete will make a stunning addition to the most modern of living rooms.
With its matt black outer frame perfectly contrasting with the bright bioethanol flames within, the Crete will stand out – in the best possible way.
The Henley Crete will hold 1-litre of bioethanol, providing an impressive three-hour burn time.
Henley Hamburg Wall-Mounted Bioethanol Stove
Creating an unusual and eye-catching home feature, the Henley Hamburg is a wall-mounted bioethanol stove that truly does stand out from the crowd.
With its sleek white finish, circular shape and ability to be placed almost anywhere in your home, the Hamburg is one of the easiest ways to transform your interior decor.
The Hamburg from Henley has a heat output of 1kW, is able to hold 1-litre of bioethanol and has a burn time of three-hours.
Henley London Wall-Mounted Bioethanol Stove
Should you want to create a large media wall style installation in your home, then the Henley London is the perfect choice.
With its 1180 mm width, the London offers a widescreen-style viewing experience. Plus, thanks to its double burner, the London provides a truly distinctive flame arrangement.
It’s also easy to install as it doesn’t require a chimney or flue system. All in all, this is the ideal choice for homeowners who are looking for interior features that’ll make a big impact on the aesthetics of their home.
Ceiling-mounted bioethanol stoves
We weren’t lying when we said that the simple nature of bioethanol stoves means they can take multiple forms and styles.
Perhaps the most striking of these forms is ceiling mounted. As you’ve probably guessed, ceiling-mounted bioethanol stoves ‘hang’ from the ceiling to create a stunning floating fireplace.
Because of the nature of bioethanol stoves (i.e. they don’t require a chimney or flue system), they offer incredible flexibility when it comes to installation – providing you with plenty of options and configurations.
So, if you want to create a cool retro-futuristic look in your home, then one of the ceiling-mounted bioethanol stoves below might be for you.
Henley Budapest Ceiling-Mounted Bioethanol Stove
Create a truly special living room with the Henley Budapest – a ceiling-mounted bioethanol stove that can be installed almost anywhere in your home.
Available in either silver or white, the Henley Budapest has a fresh, bright appearance and will perfectly complement mid-century modern and other similar interiors.
On the practical side of things, the Budapest is able to hold 3-litres of bioethanol and provide a lengthy burn time of seven hours.
Henley Milan Ceiling-Mounted Bioethanol Stove
Working with a slightly smaller space, but still want to install a ceiling-mounted stove? Then the Henley Milan is the answer.
With a beautiful open-ended design, you can enjoy the sight of flickering flames from either side of the stove. Thanks to its smooth black finish, the Milan will suit a wide range of interior decor styles.
The Henley Milan holds 1.5-litres of bioethanol and provides a burn time of four hours.
Time for a bioethanol stove?
Then you’re in the right place! Here at Direct Stoves, we make buying bioethanol stoves easy.
Well, aside from having one of the UK’s largest stocks of stoves online, we also offer FREE mainland UK delivery, 14-day no hassle returns, and a range of finance options (including 0% interest over 12 months).
Plus, if you have any questions about a stove prior to purchase, our friendly experts are happy to help! You can reach us on 0161 516 0875 or at: [email protected].
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