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Gel & Bio Ethanol



Here is a simple comparison table based on a similar type of fires.



At Bio Fires we sell both Gel and Ethanol-fuelled fireplaces. The main difference between them is the fact that they require different types of containers

Our premium quality PURE® gel fuel burns slower with a rich orange-yellow flame and the containers need to be occasionally cleaned. The intense flame is instant, thick and powerful, flaring with strength of colour.

Bio Ethanol, since it is a pure liquid, will burn faster and cleanly, therefore it requires a container with smaller aperture, and does not require any maintenance. The flame needs about 5-15 minutes to get to its best, as the fuel needs to warm up. Bio Fuel produces slightly thinner flame that is more “playful” than gel flame, and will fluctuate more. Once it reaches the right temperature it will have a beautiful orange and yellow colour and it will be full of motion.

Green solution
Both the Bio Gel and Bio Fuel liquids are eco friendly products, as they don’t release any toxins when burning, they do not smell or produce any smoke.

While our PURE® gel is thickened in the factory to slow the burning down, our branded Bio Ethanol Fuel is produced directly from organic waste and is the greenest solution amongst fireplaces.




As pioneers in the gel fire market in the UK, we have developed the experience and knowledge to create the superior PURE® gel fuel. Our new brand of gel fuel is slightly thinner (contains more alcohol) therefore burns more cleanly, with almost no residue and no odour as well as producing much more intensive flame in comparison with other available gels. Please watch our comparison video, we hope that the difference in quality of the flame between our PURE® gel and other gels available on the market will become as clear to you as it is to us!

Although gel fireplaces have been available on the world market for over 20 years and Bio Ethanol arrived only few years ago, gel fuel still seems to work the best with traditional looking fireplaces, where as Bio Fuel seems to be taking over the modern and simplicity-seeking solutions.


Ethanol is one of the safe and environmentally friendly heating options for modern homes – since it is made from plants, it does not release any new carbon dioxide (CO2) into the air, unlike fossil fuels which return carbon that was stored beneath the surface for millions of years into the air. The only CO2 that can be released from burning bio fuels is the gas which was absorbed by the plants as they grew. Ethanol is the most common bio fuel worldwide and is produced by fermentation of sugars derived from wheat, corn, sugar beets, sugar cane, molasses and any sugar or starch that alcoholic beverages can be made from (like potato and fruit waste etc). The ethanol production methods used are enzyme digestion (to release sugars from stored starches), fermentation of the sugars, distillation and drying. When ethanol is burning, its emissions are roughly similar to human breath, small amounts of water vapour and carbon dioxide, with no harmful or toxic substances. There is also no residue when burning, so there is literally no maintenance, which is a step forward compared to gel fireplaces.

Our bio fireplaces are mainly decorative, whilst they obviously will not replace conventional heating, however, they will produce a significant amount of heat (while in traditional fireplaces 60% of the heat is lost through the chimney, in Bio Fireplaces 100% of the heat energy is projected to the room).