Ethanol burner’s orange dancing flames.

When it comes to creating a warm and cozy space, few things can rival the beautiful dancing flames of an ethanol fireplace.

However, questions often arise regarding their effectiveness in actually generating heat. Does an ethanol fireplace actually produce heat? Can they produce enough heat to create the cozy and inviting atmosphere we long for? 

In this blog post, we’re breaking down how much heat bioethanol fireplaces produce and how they compare to traditional fireplaces, like electric and wood-burning fireplaces.

How Much Heat Does a Bioethanol Fire Produce?

Bio-ethanol fireplaces are primarily used for aesthetics and to create a comfortable environment. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t produce enough heat to keep you warm year-round. 

On the low end, ethanol fireplaces produce 12,000 BTUs, and on the high end, 53,800 BTUs.

Unfortunately, no exact number can define how warm your room will be using an ethanol fireplace. That’s because there are various factors affecting ethanol fireplace heat output, including the size of your space and burner.

How Does the Heat Produced From an Ethanol Fireplace Compare to Alternatives?

All fireplaces have different benefits and features, including the amount of heat they produce. The following are types of fireplaces and their average heat output:

Based on these average heat outputs, it’s clear that bio-ethanol fireplaces produce a standard amount of heat when compared to wood-burning, electric, or natural gas fireplaces. 

Additionally, most bio-ethanol fireplaces are adjustable, meaning you can control the heat output to your desired temperature.

Factors That Affect How Much Heat Ethanol Fireplaces Produce

An ethanol burner in a black marble table producing golden-orange flames.

There are a variety of factors that affect how much heat an ethanol fireplace provides; however, the three most common are room size, fireplace model, and ventilation.

Room Size

If you install your modern ethanol fireplace in a smaller room, like a living room, you may feel the heat more than if you have a larger area, like a hotel lobby.

Fireplace Model

Most ethanol fireplaces have different heat outputs based on the fireplace's fuel capacity and burner size. Smaller fireplaces are great for supplemental heat, while larger burners can be used more as a primary heat source.


Bioethanol fires use an intake vent to take the oxygen from the surrounding air and combine it with ethanol fuel, an environmentally friendly and renewable fuel source, to produce flames. This heat output process works in a U-shaped path, releasing the used air back into the room, so you do not require a flue or chimney.

The three essential components that are needed to make a fire include oxygen, heat, and fuel. If one of these components is lacking or not working properly, it will affect the heat generated by the bioethanol fireplace. 

For example, if there is a low oxygen supply, there will be incomplete combustion, leading to lower heat output. Or, if there is poor air circulation in the room, the warm air may not circulate throughout the space effectively, resulting in less heat.

Heat Your Living Space With a Bio Flame Ethanol Burner

Ignited ethanol fireplace.If you’re looking for a heat solution that will create a cozy environment, you need a Bio Flame ethanol burner

Bio Flame ethanol fireplaces have been engineered for optimal efficiency, making them an average of 20-30% more fuel and heat efficient than the competition. 

We have a variety of quality burner collections that will enhance the look, feel, and temperature of your living or commercial space, including:

Each indoor and outdoor fireplace is eco-friendly, convenient, ventless, requires no permanent connections or ventilations, and is an excellent heat source.

Shop our ethanol burner collections today and choose a ventless unit that meets your unique needs!

November 28, 2023