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.
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