The fires run on bioethanol, which is a waste product from an existing manufacturing process. Lee says while it’s a Class 3 flammable liquid, bioethanol is also food grade and so is safe for spills, leaving no residue when wiped up with a paper towel. And the amount of carbon dioxide that is let off from the Decoflame fires is equivalent to that of human breath.
“The great thing about biofuel fires is that they are 100 per cent heat efficient: all heat output stays in the room rather than disappearing up a chimney. They also put out a natural-feeling heat, and do not dry the air out as gas fires and heat pumps do.”
Utilising the latest technology, Decoflame fires are simple to operate, or can be completely automated. A glowing igniter in the fire will start the fire, and if a fuel tank is plumbed in, a pump will pour fuel into the tray and the fire will ignite at the touch of a button. The automation technology can provide in-depth data about the fire, including how many hours of fuel are left if the fire continues to burn at a set flame height, and how much fuel is being burnt every hour at a chosen flame height, as well as the ability to set a timer to turn the fire off at the desired time. “These are clean, green open fires without the hassle of your traditional fireplace,” Lee says.
With a range of exquisitely-designed fires, each manually crafted to exacting Scandinavian standards, the Decoflame range offers an opportunity to create the ambience of an open fire in any space, without the limitations of needing to be in or next to a wall. “This is the future of open fires, and it’s exciting to see the industry starting to look forward and see the potential of biofuel fires in New Zealand design.”
Decoflame fires are available in New Zealand exclusively through Naked Flame.