Q - Does the bioKamino heat?
A - Certainly, it’s a real flame, the heating power generally varies from 2 to 8 Kw according to the burner model and, without a chimney, heat is not dispersed outdoors.
Q – How many square metres does it heat?
A – There is no accurate answer, there are too many factors involved. However, it is not suited as the primary heating system. It can considerably increase the temperature in a medium-sized room.
Q – Where does the bioethanol go?
A – It’s poured directly in the burner that is also a tank using a funnel and following the enclosed directions. With our New Automatic Burner
you just need to connect the refil pipe and press a button!
D – How is it lit?
A – With a long lighter (gas lighter) or long match for our manual burners, while by pressing a button for the Automatic Burner.
Q – Can the flame be adjusted?
A – Yes. All our burners have adjustable flames.
Q – Does it emit toxic fumes when used?
A – Bioethanol is an alcohol. If it’s high quality, it does not emit harmful fumes except in absolutely negligible quantities (like a kitchen stove), like all free flames, it consumes oxygen and thus adequate room ventilation is recommended.
Q – Is it dangerous to store bioethanol?
A – Just keep it away from heat and children. It is an alcohol and, obviously, do not exaggerate quantities.
Q – Is a specialised technician required for installation?
A – The wall bioKamino is installed like a picture, with four dowels, the floor model and bio-stove are ready for use once unpacked, easy to move from one room to another. The built-in line, though, must be installed by a professional.
Q – Does it come with a on/off remote control?
Q – Does it need to be plugged in?
A – No electricity or other power source is required for either manual burners, while the Automatic Burner
must be connected to electricity.
Q – Does it emit unpleasant odours when operating?
A – Our burners are designed for optimal combustion. If good quality bioethanol is used, they do not emit any unpleasant odours.
Q – I read that aromas can be used, how?
A – Wall models are all equipped with a burner protection chamber that can be used to add aromas mixed with water to emit fragrances in the home while heating.
Q – Is periodic maintenance required?
A – No maintenance. BioKamino and Bio-stove are built to last long without any maintenance except for normal cleaning with a damp cloth. Bioethanol quality is always important. Other fuels should never be used.
Q – Can I heat or cook food?
A – You can only heat food with bio-stove. BioKamino is a decorative element and cannot be used to cook food.
Q – I’ve heard that the bio-fireplace can be dangerous. Is this true?
A – Is a car dangerous? It depends on how it’s built and especially on how it’s used; in the same way, if well-built and correctly used following the instructions, a bio-fireplace is not dangerous at all.
DOES IT HEAT OR IS IT JUST FOR DECORATION?
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BIOETHANOL FIRES
Over the years we've been in business, we've supplemented
our website with a wealth of information so that anyone thinking about a
bioethanol fire can make an informed purchase
and know exactly what to expect from this type of product.
There are often a lot of doubts surrounding the
purchase of a bio-fireplace and so we see many people visiting our site in
search of information, which is why we wanted to shed some light on this new
and alluring interior design piece.
Bioethanol fires produce a real
flame and thus also generate heat.
The amount of heat given off depends on the size of the burner (the heart of the bio-fireplace)
Our burners have outputs ranging from
1.75 to 8.6 kilowatts depending
on the model; sometimes the type of fire they are installed in can boost their
While it's not strictly correct to talk about a bio-fireplace in terms
of the area it can heat - as there are simply too many factors in play
affecting the outcome - here's just a rough guide to give you an idea:
The tables show us that 3 kW are enough to
heat a room measuring approx. 5x5x3 m with good insulation and an outside
temperature not below 0°
Bio-fireplaces do not require a chimney, but since
they produce a real flame, they consume oxygen and give off carbon dioxide,
meaning they do require a supply of
fresh air, which reduces the room's insulation.
A bio-fireplace on its own is not going to be sufficient to heat an
apartment or a large room. It is not suitable as your main heating source, but
it does make a good secondary source to supplement
a traditional heating system.
Consequently, a bio-fireplace is best seen mainly as
an interior design piece that also has the properties of a heating device.
Bioethanol consumption varies depending on the bio-fireplace
model: Fireplaces with smaller burners consume around 0.2
litres/hour, while models with a higher output can consume as much as 1.2
The burner's flame, and consequently its consumption, can
be adjusted using the
burner's damper, which you can open either fully or partially based on your
Bioethanol is easy enough to get hold of, being
stocked by most major supermarkets or DIY home stores.
It is a plant-derived alcohol
made from plants such as beet, sugar cane, wheat, maize...
Bioethanol does not give off harmful substances, but the combustion
process means it burns oxygen and gives off CO2, a naturally occurring gas (Please
note: CO2 is carbon dioxide, the stuff we expel as we breathe, not to be
confused with CO, carbon monoxide: a potentially hazardous gas), which is why
it is advisable to ventilate the room once the air gets "stale".
The effect is like having a room full of people
expelling CO2 as they breathe: after a while, the air seems to get heavier and
you simply need to open a window to get rid of the stuffy feeling.
Bioethanol, however, is an alcohol that will be
ignited inside our bio-fireplace (inside the burner), so it's essential you
never buy poor-quality products that are not safe.
A quality burner must be solid, built with materials
designed to withstand high temperatures and packed with certified ceramic fibre, whose job is
to absorb the bioethanol so that the ignited bioethanol is never allowed to
move freely inside the burner and gradually release its vapours.
That way, even if the fire is tipped over or knocked, the bioethanol stays contained inside the burner, with no risk of it
pouring out onto wooden flooring, sofas or any other flammable surface.
In addition, this also avoids the risk of
micro-explosions that could otherwise be caused by vapours forming inside the
burner should the bioethanol not be contained.
WHERE TO POSITION IT
There are floor and table-top bio-fireplaces as well as wall-mounted models that
you hang on the wall just like a picture, but also the built-in models.
As with a traditional fireplace, it is important to comply with given clearances, keeping fires a safe distance from flammable materials.
The bio-fireplace must not be exposed to draughts, which could compromise its operation.
Nonetheless, certain models can be installed outdoors, provided they are suitably sheltered from the elements.