Vent Free Fireplace – FAQ
Is a Vent Free Fireplace safe to use indoors?
Vent Free Fireplaces were specifically designed to use safely indoors, either free standing in fireplace hearths, on a wide range of flooring materials, or mounted to a wall. However manufacturer’s safety and operational guidelines must be strictly adhered to, and the fireplace and the fuel should always be kept away from children.
Do the flames or heat cause any discoloration of the stainless steel housing?
As with any steel items, Vent Free Fireplaces also undergo slight tarnishing and fading of color when used continuously over long periods of time. However, the discoloration can be easily cleaned off with a soft cloth as per the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions.
A bio ethanol Vent Free Fireplace does not incorporate any flue or chimney. It has an opening or reservoir where bio ethanol fuel is placed and burnt, consequently releasing heat to the surrounding areas without any loss through the chimney. It is estimated that with an appropriate size and opening, up to 3.5 KW/h of heat energy can potentially be produced by the bio ethanol fuel. This is sufficient for heating up to 375 SF of living space.
Are the fire emissions harmful to humans of pets?
As per numerous studies worldwide, emissions are not harmful to humans or pets provided that the appropriate grade and quality of bioethanol fuel is used. Clean bio ethanol fuels are freely available, but only specific grades can be used for a bio ethanol Vent Free Fireplace.
One such fuel is Smart Fuel™, which is clean and does not release toxic chemicals except for very small amounts of carbon dioxide and water vapors. Alternatively, liquid bio ethanol fuels can be used as a substitute for any kind of fuel that emits toxic chemicals or particulates.
Onto what type of wall can a Vent Free Fireplace be mounted?
A Vent Free Fireplace can be mounted on a range of wall types such as stone, tile, brick, drywall and wallpaper mounted walls, provided that the wall surface is flat, sturdy and vertical. Fabric or cloth covered walls are not suitable and should be avoided. An appropriate gap around the adjacent walls or surfaces should be maintained to allow for the circulation of air.
What is the correct fuel to use in a Vent Free Fireplace?
Only specific types of fuels can be used for lighting as they have been tested for safety and the release of toxic emissions. As mentioned previously, one such fuel is Smart Fuel™ liquid bio-ethanol which fulfills the requirement of safe and clean fuel. Other types of bio ethanol fuels like those used in cars cannot be used.
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