Hello! And welcome to my review of the Eco-Feu Paramount Ethanol Peninsula Fireplace.
Just so you know, we approach all our reviews from a home renovation, remodeling, and value-add perspective.
The Eco-Feu Ethanol Peninsula Fireplace comes in two starkly contrasting finishes, matte black and gloss white.
OVERVIEW OF THE ECO-FEU PARAMOUNT ETHANOL PENINSULA FIREPLACE
This is a unique ethanol peninsula fireplace. We have not found anything similar elsewhere. It is marketed as a free-standing unit for use indoors or outdoors. It can also be built into a partition wall.
From a remodeling or interior design point of view, we focus on its ability to be built- it. It can make a striking design statement. It will also add value to the real estate, which it cannot as a standalone piece.
Eco-Feu Peninsula Ethanol Fireplace – My Headlines
Very nice: A very solid fireplace. Would make a striking contribution to a remodel project, especially if showcased in its own framing.
Not so nice: It is limited to only two finishes, although a careful paint job could change this.
My main takeaway: This would be a great addition to a project, where you have a large room you want to divide up a little. And at the same time make a design statement that is also a functioning fire.
Design Idea for the Eco-Feu Peninsula Ethanol Fireplace
OK. SO WHY A PENINSULA ETHANOL FIREPLACE?
Well, Why Have a Fireplace At All?
First, if you haven’t got one, why consider a fireplace in the first place? There are two reasons.
1: The value a fireplace adds to a home
The National Association of Realtors came out with a 2003 study. It stated “fireplaces have a strong, positive effect on selling price with each fireplace adding about 12 percent.”
In 2016 an Angie’s List survey found that a large majority of real estate agents (more than 83 percent) said fireplaces add $1,000 to $4,999 to the value of a home.
There is another often overlooked additional real estate factor. This is marketability. A fireplace simply makes a home more marketable. In simple terms this means that a home with a fireplace will sell faster than a home without one.
If a home sells faster, there is less holding cost in loan and other payments. I have had a real estate broker’s licence for 30+ years and can tell you there is good reason that a fireplace features prominently in a real estate listing.
2: A fireplace brings personal enjoyment and satisfaction.
As to personal enjoyment and satisfaction, this of course, this is why a fireplace adds value in the first place..
Everyone loves to have a fire burning in the grate, or at least the look of one. This is simply part of the ancestral psyche of the human being.
Aside from giving warmth when we need it, a fire in the fireplace brings feelings of coziness, romance, and charm. There is even research that indicates that looking into a fire can even lower blood pressure.
So, if you already have a fireplace, hang on to it. And, if you haven’t got one, there are good reasons for putting one in.
Plus, if you are including an electric fireplace in a remodel project, you will barely notice the incremental cost, since related trades (electrical, carpentry, drywall and paint) are already on the site.
Why an Ethanol Fireplace?
Three reasons: They are relatively inexpensive to install. They are efficient to operate. And they have the great aesthetics of a real flame.
This is why they are comparatively inexpensive.
- A wood or coal burning fireplace requires a flue or chimney. These are expensive to retrofit into a house.
- A vented gas fireplace requires a flue or chimney. It also requires a gas line. Gas may or may not be available in the house. And, if it is, a gas line is expensive to run where you need it to be.
- Ah ethanol fireplace, unlike an electric fireplace, does not even need wiring.
This is why an ethanol fireplace is efficient to operate.
- Handling wood and coal to light and keep a fire supplied is a pain and you can run out. Plus you have to deal with soot and debris. With an ethanol fireplace you just need a supply of easily handled and stored bio-fuel.
- There are no emissions and no gas leaks to worry about with an ethanol fireplace. The bio-fuel burns with no emissions.
Better aesthetics with an ethanol fireplace
It is true that an ethanol fireplace is not as efficient as an electric fireplace, which you can operate at the click of a remote control. However, the look of an ethanol fireplace with its real flames beats the faux flames of an electric fireplace every time.
Why a Peninsula Ethanol Fireplace?
Elsewhere on this site we discuss recessed and see through ethanol fireplaces but here we are reviewing the peninsula fireplace.
This kind of fireplace with its multiple sides is such that it can be enjoyed from multiple directions.
We love using a peninsula fireplace as an insert in the end of a dividing wall. This is an excellent way to define separate spaces within a larger space, such as a great room. Plus you have a beautiful functioning fire.
Eco-Feu Paramount Ethanol Peninsula Fireplace Specs that Deliver What You Need
- Freestanding or built-in
- Steel construction
- Tempered Safety Glass
- Colors: Matte Black and Gloss White
- Fuel capacity: 1.7 L
- Burner: 304 stainless steel
- Burner opening: 11 1/4”
- Width 35 7/8”; Depth 13 13/16”; Height 35 7/8”
- Weight: 80 pounds
- Adjustable, real flame to 9” high
- Convection action takes in cool air and dispenses warm air
- Burns 4-6 hours on 1 fill
- BTU Output: 6500
- Fuel pourer included
- No gas or electric lines required
- Certified according to UL and ULC standards
- 3-Year Manufacturer Warranty
WHAT OTHER BUYERS HAVE SAID ABOUT THE ECO-FEU PARAMOUNT ETHANOL PENINSULA FIREPLACE
We were only able to find one buyer review of the Eco-Feu Peninsula Ethanol Fireplace. It was not on Amazon but was very positive.
Summing up, the review said: Beautiful, works well, looks amazing.
ETHANOL FIREPLACE FAQS
Q: What kind of fuel should be used in an ethanol fireplace?
A: You should ONLY use liquid bio-ethanol fuel that is specially formulated for fireplaces. You can get it here: Bio Ethanol Fireplace Fuel. It is very highly rated.
Q: Are ethanol fire emissions harmful?
A: No. Bio ethanol fuel burns in a fireplace without emitting anything harmful into the air. The only significant byproducts of combustion are water vapor and a small amount of carbon dioxide. But be sure to use only the type of bioethanol fuel that is formulated for ethanol fireplaces. And of course remember that these fireplaces do produce real flame. So common sense precautions apply especially when it comes to children and pets.
Q: How much heat will an ethanol fire produce?
A: Since the ethanol fire is ventless, There is no heat lost up a chimney or vent, as is the case with a wood or gas-burning fireplace. So the ethanol fire is very efficient. Depending on the size of the fireplace and the opening of the fuel tray, an ethanol fireplace can produce from around 1,500 to 70,000 BTUs per hour of heat. To put this in perspective, it takes 5,000 BTUs to heat an average 450 sq ft room.
Q: How do I maintain an ethanol fireplace?
A: After some use you will notice slight discoloration or tarnishing of the stainless steel fuel tray. This is easily cleaned off by using any cleaner that is specified for use on stainless steel. Just be sure to use a soft cloth
Q: Are ethanol fireplaces safe for indoor use.
A: Yes. Just be sure to follow manufacturer’s directions regarding installation and use. Be sure that the room is well ventilated (the fires need oxygen) and there are no flammable materials within 3 feet of the fire.
Q: What is the maximum size of ethanol fireplace I should get?
A: There is a formula to apply. An ethanol fireplace need to have 200 cubic feet of room space for each 1,000 BTUs they produce. So, take the total cubic feet of the room, divide that by 200 and multiply the result by 1,000. That gives you the maximum BTUs you should get. Then check that against the BTU rating of the fireplaces you are looking at.
Q: What makes bioethanol fuel eco-friendly?
A: Bioethanol is green energy. It is derived from common agricultural products such as sugarcane, hemp and corn. It is a non toxic fuel because when burned it only emits water vapor and small amounts of carbon dioxide.
FINAL TAKE: PROVIDING WHAT YOU NEED IN A PENINSULA ETHANOL FIREPLACE
This Eco-Feu Peninsula Ethanol fireplace is a great choice for incorporation in a remodel project.
1: An economical choice: There are no gas or electric lines to install, nor flue or other venting. All you have to do is frame it into your project. This makes this fireplace a relatively inexpensive purchase. Plus it is backed by a reliable brand. And there is no wasted heat energy vented up a chimney.
2: Unique custom look: This is a one of a kind fireplace making a big impact design statement, when framed into a partition wall as illustrated earlier.
3: Real flames. When compared to the faux flames of an electric fireplace, the ethanol fireplace wins hands down for aesthetic effect.
4: A remodeling win: A peninsula ethanol fireplace provides an excellent return on investment in the context of a remodeling project. This is both for immediate personal enjoyment and eventual value-add realized upon sale of the property. You will barely notice the cost within your overall budget.
So there you have it. But don’t just take my word for it. Click on the images or links below and check them out on Amazon yourself.
Just a quick note about product and price in the context of a home remodel or renovation project. Take a moment to think about how long you will be living with your selection!
Within reason, it’s not the price of a product that matters so much as its suitability and durability. These add up to real value, provided the price is not excessive. I can safely say that the Eco-Feu Paramount Ethanol Peninsula Fireplace stands this test.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this review. I hope it helped and I look forward to your next visit to my site.