So, naturally I went online to find out how much this ethanol costs. Currently mixed 10% in my gasoline, all I thought ethanol was for was clogging up my old car, wasting good arable land growing corn not fit to eat and starting arguments over it's true value and long range consequences!
This next site sells 16 gallons for $329 with free shipping. Photo of gallon bottle not available as it is secure to the site and whatever, it's a one gallon bottle. $20.56 per gallon. http://www.woodlanddirect.com/Fireplace-Accessories/Ethanol-Gel-Fuel-Accessories/EcoSmart-Fire
I suppose having 16 gallons on hand for cooking, and heating in a short term emergency would be alright at that price, but, it is no long term alternative to kerosene by price, or wood by reason of availability in the long term. This price point is a deterrent to it's home use, in my opinion.
Making ethanol is not a garage hobby. It is a calculated and exact science. This is not a skill I have or have the time to acquire.
So, the fireplace is pretty. The fire is esthetically pleasing. This fuel is not an alternative fuel source for me as it is cost prohibitive.
Ethanol fuel is ethanol (ethyl alcohol), the same type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages. It is most often used as a motor fuel, mainly as a biofuel additive for gasoline Replacement of kerosene
There is still extensive use of kerosene for lighting and cooking in less developed countries, and ethanol can have a role in reducing petroleum dependency in this use too. A non-profit named Project Gaia seeks to spread the use of ethanol stoves to replace wood, charcoal and kerosene. There is also potential for bioethanol replacing some kerosene use in domestic lighting from feedstocks grown locally. A 50% ethanol water mixture has been tested in specially designed stoves and lanterns for rural areas...http://en.wikipedia.org