Bioethanol Fireplace Storage Instructions

DO NOT position the fireplace in a room which is not ventilated. DO NOT use in lofts or cellars. We DO NOT recommend placing the fire in a bedroom or bathroom. Gardeco bio-ethanol fires are not designed to burn for longer than 2 or 3 hours at a time for one load of fuel. You can re-fuel the fires (leaving it to cool for 10 minutes first) and continue to use them, but if the Burner is re-fuelled several times, there is a very small risk of incomplete combustion leading to the formation of carbon monoxide (instead of carbon dioxide which is harmless). This happens when not enough oxygen is present in the air. Carbon monoxide is a colourless and odourless gas which is dangerous and can be lethal to humans.

  • To avoid being exposed to carbon monoxide, we recommend the following measures:
  • DO NOT position the fireplace in a room which is too small, minimum 22 cubic metres. For example 3.0 metres wide by 3.0 metres long by 2.5 metres high is 22.5 cubic metres. Please make sure you know how big your room is before using the fireplace.
  • ENSURE the room is well ventilated, leave doors open or ajar. Open the windows for a few minutes in between burns if you intend to immediately re-fuel the Burner and re-use.
  • INSTALL a carbon monoxide detector in the room where the fireplace is used. They emit a sound when carbon monoxide is detected. These can be purchased in DIY stores or at Gardeco stockists.
  • Bio-ethanol fires are NOT designed for cooking, heating water or barbecuing.
  • DO NOT use a bio-ethanol fireplace in a room with a flammable gas outlet, such as a gas fireplace.
  • Bio-ethanol has a distinctive smell. It does not smell while burning. When the fire dies due to the end of the fuel, a distinctive smell will occur. This will only prevail for a few minutes and then dissipate. The smell is not dangerous or harmful to humans. If there is fuel left in the burner, the bio-ethanol will slowly evaporate into the atmosphere, and a distinctive smell will ensue.
  • To minimise this smell, avoid leaving any fuel in the burner, pour only what you need, or if left fuel cannot be avoided, seal the burner with the snuffer which will minimise the evaporation of the bio-ethanol and minimise the smell.
  • To improve access to the Burner when refilling remove one of the glass panels, however this is not usually necessary with the Lorenzo. Be careful not to break the glass.
  • NEVER FILL IT MORE THAN 2/3 rds of the full capacity. Replace the glass panel after filling is complete.
  • DO NOT LIGHT the Burner before it is positioned correctly inside the fireplace. If you accidentally spill fuel, you must mop it up until dry before lighting the fire.
  • To light the Burner, you need a naked flame. We recommend the use of a long-nosed gas lighter which is easier to position over the opening of the burner. Using a conventional lighter or matches may result in burns to the fingers.
  • Simply place the nose of the gas lighter over the opening slot of the Burner, light it, and you will see small blue flames when the fuel is burning. You may need to repeat the lighting several times.
  • The Burner may prove reluctant to ignite, depending on where it is located, the ambient temperature and weather conditions.
  • The Burner is more difficult to light in colder conditions. If you experience this, we recommend holding the flame of the lighter about 1 cm above the opening slot of the burner for up to 60 seconds immediately after lighting the burner. This will kind of "draw" the flames out of the burner.
  • The flames will be small at first, and grow gradually as the burner warms up. It takes approximately 10 minutes for the fire to be "in full swing".
  • If the Burner has been extinguished and you are re-lighting it shortly afterwards, you will hear a "woof" sound and the fire will ignite very suddenly and with a big flame.
  • We recommend allowing the fuel to burn out and so the fire will extinguish naturally. That way you will have no fuel left over in the Burner, which is safer.
  • However, every Burner comes with a flame snuffer. This tool is designed to starve the fire of oxygen which is how bio-ethanol fires are extinguished. The Lorenzo has a sliding snuffer to close off the slot.
  • Simply the close the sliding panel and your fire will be extinguished. Make sure the sliding panel closes off the slot completely, even the smallest gap will allow the fire to continue burning. If the fire does not go out even with the sliding panel closed, it means that spilt fuel is burning on the surface of the Burner. In this instance, simply wait for the fire to go out by itself.
  • Blowing on the fire will not extinguish it, quite the contrary, it will make the flames bigger.
  • Attempting to extinguish the fire with water may not work: water is soluble with bio-ethanol, and it may continue toburn.

  • Related reading:

    Bioethanol Fireplace Usage and Safety Instructions (I)

    Bioethanol Fireplace Usage and Safety Instructions (III)