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Posted on 3:20pm Friday 30th Apr 2010
The principle fuel used as a petrol substitute for road transport vehicles is bioethanol. Bioethanol fuel is mainly produced by the sugar fermentation process, although it can also be manufactured by the chemical process of reacting ethylene with steam.
The main sources of sugar required to produce ethanol come from fuel or energy crops. These crops are grown specifically for energy use and include corn, maize and wheat crops, waste straw, willow and popular trees, sawdust, reed canary grass, cord grasses, jerusalem artichoke, myscanthus and sorghum plants. There is also ongoing research and development into the use of municipal solid wastes to produce ethanol fuel.
Ethanol or ethyl alcohol (C2H5OH) is a clear colourless liquid, it is biodegradable, low in toxicity and causes little environmental pollution if spilt. Ethanol burns to produce carbon dioxide and water.
Posted on 12:08pm Thursday 29th Apr 2010
A remote fire, that needs no chimney and no gas.
One of the most recent developments in the fireplace industry is the introduction of remote controlled bioethanol fires. Remote controlled fires are a culmination of benefits.
They are environmentally friendly, have no smell, can be placed in any room, don't require a chimney or flue, don't need an lpg or gas connection. Oh and they are remote controlled too.
The more advanced models (such as the ones featured on our site) have carbon monoxide detectors which will shut off the fire if high levels of the gas are produced.
Overall, bioethanol fires are a huge leap in the bioethanol market and we forsee that they will start to become a standard option in the coming months.
Posted on 4:00pm Wednesday 28th Apr 2010
Listed under: Fireplace Guides
To the calculate heat requirement for your room a good rule of thumb is:
Height x Width x Depth (in feet) divided by 500. This gives you the kilowatt requirement.
To get the BTUs requirement multiply the kilowatt requirement by 3,400.
This is based on the average house insulation with a room temperature of 20 degrees and an ambient temperature of -1C. Well-insulated houses can replace the division of 500 with 650.
To convert BTU to Kw simply multiply by 0.000293.
To convert Kw to BTU simply multiply by 3414.