Gas and bio ethanol fireplaces are some of the alternatives for anyone who wants to enjoy real fire without chopping wood. This article will show you the differences between them.


The most important is the difference in installation.

Gas fireplace

• Requires venting
• Requires gas pipes connection
• Requires permission to install
• Needs annual inspections
• Needs gas leakage checks
• Needs commissioning

Bio ethanol fireplace

• Doesn’t require venting
• No chimney, gas or any hard connections
• Requires only power source connection
• No need for annual inspection
• No need for commissioning
• Doesn’t require permission


Because bio ethanol fireplaces run on eco fuel, which burns clean, there is no soot or ash being produced. Therefore, this type of bio fireplace doesn’t require any cleaning. While using a gas unit, some soot can be produced, meaning that from time to time, the fireplace has to be cleaned.

You can see the difference between the fireplaces by looking at the actual flames. Bio ethanol units produce more authentic, dancing flames almost identical to those in traditional, wood-burning stoves. Gas fireplaces tend to deliver a still constant fire.

Because the installation of a gas fireplace involves hard connections, the device cannot be moved afterwards. Ethanol fires need only a source of power, which makes them portable.
If you compare the heat produced by these types of fireplaces, gas solutions deliver more. Bio ethanol units can easily increase the temperature in smaller spaces, but if you wish a bigger heating impact, gas fireplaces will be a better choice.DIY

Last but not least, bio ethanol fireplaces don’t require technical inspection, which needs to be done when dealing with a gas fire solution in order to ensure the safety of the end user.
As you can see, ethanol and gas fireplaces have a lot of differences. The decision which one to choose should be mainly based on your expectations regarding the amount of the heat and the time spent on installation.