Staying warm by the fire

A new fire with Imaginfires

I love our new-build family home in Worcester – I mean, I really do love it. It is so perfect for our modern family living and our twins just love the space we have. It couldn’t, however, be any more different to our old house – which was a cute, smaller, country-cottage in North Wales.

Of course there are little details I miss from our old house, such as the quirky features and character, but most of all I miss our open fireplace. We used to love coming in from a long walk on a cold day and lighting the fire; cosying up on the couch and watching a film. Our current house doesn’t have a real fire and whilst we have a really nice electric fire, it just isn’t quite the same.

Hubby was looking at whether we could fit in a log burner somewhere (yes he misses it too!) but it just didn’t seem to work for us. Plus we just couldn’t justify the expense. So we started looking at other options.

We recently received a bioethanol fire from the lovely people at Imagin Fires…and I’m so glad we did because it is fantastic. It works by using a liquid fuel from bottles which you put into a reservoir. You then light this, sit back and enjoy the heat! The fire is so much more realistic than an electric fire as you get a real flame that you can just watch for hours. The twins don’t really understand though and keep asking if we need to put more wood on the fire!

It has a toughened ceramic glass front which doesn’t get too hot, making it fairly safe. The door can be opened easily though and so I’d recommend having a fire guard in front if you have small babies or children.

What is bioethanol?

Bioethanol is a renewable energy source produced by a sugar fermentation process.  The sugar comes from renewable crops like corn, maize and wheat, so there is a much lower carbon footprint than fossil fuels. When bioethanol fuel is lit inside a bioethanol fireplace, it quickly produces real warming flames, which are a joy to watch and without any of the hassle of woodburner fireplaces. There’s therefore no smoke; so no chimney is required.

A bio ethanol fire for our home A new fire for our family home A fire with no need for chimney or smoke! A fire for our kitchen - bioethanol Bioethanol fire - Imaginfires for the home A new fire for our new build home

Bredon fire – £379.99

We have put the fireplace in the kitchen for the time being as we spend a lot of time in this room so it seemed a good place to start but I love the way we can easily move it around. I can imagine it being great for a conservatory, as well as in the living room, or even in the garden on the cooler summer nights.

I was a bit sceptical at first about how much heat it would give off but having used the fire on a few occasions we have been impressed. I also wasn’t sure if the fuel would give off a smell. Whilst there is a slight odour, it isn’t unpleasant. It is also really clean and doesn’t really need any maintenance, as clearing out our old fireplace is certainly not a job we miss! With no smoke or soot there is certainly NO hassle!

I can see us using this a lot in our home this year and right now it’s proving perfect for these cold winter days!

Love, Jess x

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  1. February 14, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    I’ve seen these on a couple of blogs now and I LOVE them. They look so, so nice. We want to take the horrible fire out of our living room and replace it with something like this instead. It looks so cosy.
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  2. February 15, 2017 / 9:22 am

    I love that you can move it around you home to warm up the colder corners. Never heard of Bioethanol and find it really interesting to hear about alternative energy sources. The #HomeEtc is my favourite linkup to read and happy to get to join in this week. Thank you for hosting!

  3. February 16, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    What a GREAT idea, i agree with you that sometimes electric fires just don’t create the right ambience but this looks like it fits the bill. It goes so well with your decor too, love it Xx
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  4. February 16, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    I love this! It has the same feel as a woodturner but love that it’s a bit less hassle and with no expense to fit it either. It also looks lovely in your kitchen 🙂 Philippa x

  5. February 17, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    This looks great! I have an electric pretend wood burner but it is a bit noisy! This looks more authentic too. A really nice option if you can’t have a real fire. I would like one again one day, although I don’t miss the mess and soot that comes with it! Real wood burners are crazily expensive to have installed as well! #HomeEtc

  6. February 20, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    This looks — and sounds — amazing!! What a fab idea!! I love our log burner but am useless at laying a real fire!!! LOL!! I have to wait for Dickie to come home and do it!!! I think even I could manage to light this!! LOL!! 😉 Cxx #HomeEtc
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  7. February 27, 2017 / 10:16 am

    These look fabulous and I love how they are transferable around the house. I’d love a fireplace in our house!

  8. April 29, 2017 / 12:37 am

    Hi Jess, just came across this, it’s perfect for our kitchen sitting area. We have a woodturner in the living room and wanted one in the kitchen bur it’s not possible, I never thought of a fire like this. It doesn’t need to be roasting it’s more the cosyness we need. So glad I saw this post.
    Lorraine x

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