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How to Build Your Own Bio-Ethanol Fireplace Using Ethanol Burner

How to Build Your Own Bio-Ethanol Fireplace Using Ethanol Burner

With modern bio-ethanol burners, you can design and build your own eco-friendly ventless fireplace. All you need is an ethanol burner and some non-flammable material.

First of all, if you don't know what an ethanol fireplace is, read this article, and then come back here to continue learning about building your own ethanol fireplace.

Related Article: What is an Ethanol Fireplace?

The idea is simple: build a box or a platform out of non-flammable material, cut a slot that fits the ethanol burner that you chose, and insert the burner in the slot. 

Here are some examples of fireplaces that you can build with one of our bio-ethanol burners: 

1. DIY Ethanol Fireplace-Shelf

This project was completed using The Bio-Flame 13" Burner

Ethanol fireplace built into a shelf

Another cool fireplace-shelf idea completed with the 24" burner

Cool fireplace-shelve idea

2. DIY 3-Sided Ethanol Fireplace

Ethanol insert used in this project is The Bio-Flame 16" Burner

3-sided Ethanol Fireplace

Here is another 3-sided fireplace built with a 38" ethanol burner

The Bio Flame 38" Ethanol Burner

3. DIY Ribbon Fireplace

A longer 38" ethanol burner was used for this project

Modern Ribbon Fireplace

A couple more awesome DIY ribbon fireplaces made with 48" ethanol burner: a fireplace under a TV and a modern ribbon fireplace in a living room

DIY Ethanol Fireplace Under TV

Modern ribbon fireplace in a living room

4. Traditional Style DIY Ethanol Fireplace

This traditional style fireplace is built with 48" ethanol burner

Awesome DIY ribbon ethanol fireplace

5. Ethanol Burners can be used Outdoors

You can build your own DIY outdoor fireplace on a deck or a patio just like on this picture:

DIY outdoor ethanol fireplace

 6. DIY Fireplace - Coffee Table

You can even build your own fireplace coffee table! This coffee table is made with The Bio Flame 60" Ethanol Burner

DIY Ethanol Fireplace - Coffee Table

When designing your ethanol fireplace, keep in mind these simple safety guidelines: 

  • Ethanol burner has to be fitted into a firebox that complies with clearance requirements of that particular burner (you will need to refer to the product manual)
  • Your custom made firebox or surface must be made out of a non-combustible material, such as stainless steel, stone, wonder board.

Ethanol Burner Clearances Most ethanol burners have the following clearance requirements, but you will need to check the requirements of the particular burner that you are installing:


  • A&B: approximately 2 inches
  • C: 2-4 inches, depending on the size of the burner
  • D: 24-30 inches, depending on the size of the burner 

Ethanol burners provide so many wonderful design opportunities! Without the restriction of a chimney or a vent you can get so much more creative with the style and placement of your fireplace.  

Building and ethanol fireplace is also more cost effective because you don't need to invest in expensive infrastructure to support ventilation and fuel like with wood-burning or gas fireplaces.

If you already have a fireplace, the process of converting it to ethanol is even easier. Here is our article on this subject: The Easiest Way to Bring Your Old Fireplace Back to Life

We hope this article gave you some inspiration and you probably can't wait to get started on your new, exciting DIY project. Check out Ethanol Burners section on our store, shop around, pick the burner that fits your project, and get started!  

Wishing you best of luck! 

P.S. Let us know if you have any questions and send us pictures of your projects, we would love to see them! Our email:

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Continue Reading:

What is an Ethanol Fireplace?
Is an Ethanol Fireplace Right For You?
The 5 Benefits of Ethanol Fireplaces
Regulations of Ethanol Fireplaces

Shop Ethanol Fireplaces:

Wall Mounted Ethanol Fireplaces
Free Standing Ethanol Fireplaces
Table Top Ethanol Fireplaces
Ethanol Fireboxes: Manual and Remote Controlled
Ethanol Burners: Manual and Remote Controlled
Outdoor Ethanol Fireplaces

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