When EcoSmart Fire’s [The Fire Company] Marketing Manager came across a vintage wood-burning fireplace she knew it was the perfect opportunity to breathe new life into a mid-century classic with a BK5 Bioethanol Burner. As a staple of the mid-century modern home in the 60s, conical fireplaces provided a vibrant alternative to the traditional hearth. Their availability in various coloured enamel or porcelain finishes only furthered their popularity and helped usher in a new era of self-expression in fire design. Around 50 years later these vintage fireplaces are seeing resurgence in popularity within the design community and lending their classic shape to clean burning conversions.
After spending most of its life as an indoors wood-burning fireplace, the conversion to a bioethanol-fuelled outdoor-fireplace started with a thorough cleaning. Not only was the inside covered in messy soot, but the mandarin red enamel had lost its lustre. But installing the BK5 bioethanol burner was as simple as placing it inside the fireplace and surrounding it with rolled marble decorative stones. The final step to this retro conversion was simply closing the flue so all of the heat produced by the e-NRG bioethanol fuel wouldn’t escape up the chimney. Instead it radiates off the interior curved belly and pushes the heat directly out. The merging of an old design with new technology proved seamless.
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