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Are you an architect or a designer? Considering a BIO FIRE in your project? Read on.


Although we are primarily focused on individual retail customer, we happily cooperate with Architects and Designers in helping them to achieve their finished stunning interior featuring a Bio Fire.

Here are the most important things that you may need



Which products are suitable for use in PROJECTS



Any of our products is suitable, but there are some which are more popular among architects and there is one unit which we call and ARCHITECT'S CHOICE, because 80% of all architects and developers will go for this piece.




For traditional fires we recommend two solutions: Freestanding Carrington Fireplace and Bio Ethanol Basket.


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Operation of Bio Basket:

- runs on liquid alcohol Bio Ethanol (max 96% ethanol content, recommended our brand CRYSTAL)

- has 1-1.3L Bio Ethanol container

- 3-4 h burning time from full refill

- heat output - about 3KW (adjustable with flame regulation)

- no maintenance and cleaning

- running cost is about pound-grey1/h (when fuel bought in bulk)

- affordable price






It is a simple fuel container, which you can drop in the hole in the wall or your fake chimney breast built for that purpose. The actual cost of the unit you need is £245 (medium) or £345 (large). It's called Bio Container. Building your biofuel fireplace from scratch can close in a budget as low as £600-£900, all depends on who will do the work, what is there to be done and what materials you use.


Fuel box "Bio Container" - bioethanol burner by Gel Fireplaces Ltd


















If you don't have a fireplace yet, but would like to get one built, there are companies who can do the work for you, a handyman could quite easily build the fire, too. If you want to do the work yourself, there are few things you need to know:

  • Bio Container needs to be inserted in a completely fireproof and heatproof material like stone, slate, metal, brick, cement or Vermiculite Board. For the latter we highly recommend Vitcas store, specialists in providing refractory materials (we have consulted the laboratory data sheets for Bio Container with a specialist from Vitcas). Vermiculite Board can cost as little as £29.90 for a 510x610x25mm panel. Regular fireboard is not suitable for lining your opening.
  • The top and back of your fireplace opening must be also made of a completely fireproof/heatproof material as all the heat produced from the flame (approx. 3kW or more) will be pushed there before going outside on to the room. Regular fireboard or MDF are not suitable!
  • The sides of your opening must be fireproof too, but are less exposed to the heat so you could use a regular fireboard.
  • There should be approx. 500-600 mm clearance for the flame (if you don't have that much, you could reduce it slightly, but you must make sure the entire hole is lined with stone, slate, brick etc.)
  • No pebbles, logs or other accessories may be put across the flame. The nature of the product is that it needs to be clean in order to burn clean, so if you are looking to use i.e. ceramic driftwood pieces, you may arrange them around the flame opening and from a little distance it will make the right visual impression of a flame coming through the branches.
  • Whatever material you use to cut a hole to drop the Bio Container in - you always need to leave about 2 mm extra space around for the air flow and metal expansion. This means that your container should be loose within the slot and it should sit (hang) on the steel rim around it, rather than sit on the floor of the cut slot. FAILING TO DO THAT MAY CAUSE YOUR LINING TO CRACK.
  • A lot of people decide to use granite or other stone to line their fire with. When using natural stone, you have to use as thick layer of it as possible as the fire will produce a lot of heat and thin layers are prone to cracking. Always check with your stone supplier for heat resistance.


testing the bio container in a hole in the wall, it works!
building and finishing the hole in the wall


final look: Bio Container inserted into a hole in the wall. Decorated with ceramic Stones. TV above is absolutely safe, providing you insulate the wall properly and use solid materials like stone, slate, brick or vermiculite board to build or line your hole.


When you build your own fire with our ethanol fuel box Bio Container you need to make sure that you are inserting it in a completely fireproof material. The slot cut in the base of your opening must not be made of MDF. 


Facts about our Bio Container:
  • burning time: 3-4 hours per refill
  • one refill takes: 1L (medium container) or 1.5L (large) of Bio Ethanol fuel
  • effective running cost: £0.80-£1 per hour (based on buying fuel in bulk, Annual Pack for £110)
  • heat output: 3KW or slightly above
  • flame regulation: no
  • flue needed: no
  • fumes or smoke produced: none (if flame is not obstructed)
  • smell: virtually any (it is a real flame, so you will smell it when you enter a room as nothing that burns can be completely odourless, but the scent is barely present and does not bother 99.9% of people)
  • do I need any ventilation: no. You may want to open a window after having the fire on for couple of hours, but nothing more)
  • can I use Bio Fuel bought elsewhere: yes, but you must make sure it is the right one, with ethanol content not greater than 96.6% and designed specially for fireplaces. Also - be very weary of buying your fuel in 5L containers as, although it is cheaper, the weight of it makes it hard to fill up precisely and you are much more likely to spill the fuel. Never light the container that has been overfilled.
  • can I use jellified fuel with it: no, because you cannot wash it and gel leaves residue
  • does the top of container discolour after time: slightly, it is a real flame, so the top of the container will eventually tarnish a bit, this is completely normal and cannot be prevented

Here are several pictures of our happy customers who designed and built their own fireplaces using just our simple Bio Container.



Picture courtesy of our customer Paul Rourke


Picture courtesy of our customer Julia Solovyev, featuring 2 x Large Bio Container


Picture courtesy of our happy customer Craig Gardner



Thinking about our container? Are you in the process of building you fire? CALL US and get personalised advice! 02077241919.