So, how exactly does one of these fireplaces work? Well, as I said earlier, they burn bio ethanol, which is an alcohol that is created when sugar and starch crops ferment. Because all of the components are natural, there are no harmful emissions that are given off when the fuel burns. And because there are no harmful emissions, there is no need for a chimney or flue, thus allowing these stunning fireplaces to be placed anywhere in your home. Not only does its lack of chimney allow for portability, but it increases the energy efficiency because traditional fireplaces lose a large amount of heat through the chimney. With the EcoSmart Fire, all heat produced remains in the room. There are no required electrical or gas connections, and there is virtually no installation, so adding one of these gems to your existing home is completely painless!
The only downside to these exquisite, eco-friendly fireplaces, is their price tag. The Mini-T, one of the smaller models (see image below), starts at a whopping $1,990! However, thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, these fireplaces qualify for a tax credit up to 30% of their purchase price (not to exceed $1,500). Even still, these fireplaces cost a pretty penny.
The bio ethanol can be purchased online and delivered right to your front door from e-nrg. Otherwise, it can be found in your local grocery and hardware stores.
So, although the cost is steep, there is no doubt that adding one of these beautifully designed, environmentally conscious fireplaces will surely brighten up your space!