Homes To Love interiors editor, Kate Nixon, shares her top tips for smart, energy-efficient fireplaces this Winter.

Energy efficient fireplaces and bioethanol ….
There’s nothing quite like an open fireplace in winter, but installing one isn’t always straightforward. With strengthened emissions standards for new wood-burning stoves, gas and bioethanol-fuelled designs are quickly becoming the most popular alternatives. These clever designs are more than just heat blasters, and the right choice can become a focal point.
But creating a focal point doesn’t mean you need to compromise functionality for the sake of style. EcoSmart Fire, for example, have contemporary fireplaces which run on bio-ethanol fuel and can be cleaned with ease!


Bioethanol is a renewable energy source that’s created by fermenting the sugar and starch of plant by-products, such as grain and sugarcane. When burned it creates no smoke or harmful emissions – which means the heat from the fire can stay inside the room to keep you warm.
Whether you’re converting an existing fireplace or designing a new one, options abound in terms of scale, shape and finish, and many indoor models can also be installed in protected outdoor areas. It can be overwhelming to choose a fireplace that’s right for your home, as they are more than simply a source of heat. They can make a strong style statement – even when not in use.

bioethanol wood hybrid suspended fireplace

Aurora’s Bioethanol/Wood Hybrid Suspended Fireplace

With such an overwhelming variety to choose from our fireplace design ideas are sure to point you in the right direction.


  • Opt for clean, convenient heat by converting traditional wood fireplace to gas, ethanol or electric.
  • Choose a fireplace style that suits your interior, be it classic or contemporary, freestanding or integrated
  • Electric fireplaces offer the greatest ease but, for a little extra effort gas and ethanol deliver the rewards of a real flame
  • Consider integrating a fireplace into your joinery. Alternative fuel options deliver greater design flexibility for this

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