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Heating With EthanolToday, ethanol and ethanol blends are used in a variety of applications including automotive power, transport, aviation and heating.
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Ethanol Safety and Handling

Safety Guidelines

  • Ethanol is a flammable liquid fuel and must be treated with care during both use and storage.
  • Failure to observe these safety warnings may lead to personal injury, death or, property damage.
  • Ethanol burns with a flame that is difficult to see in bright daylight. As a normal operating practice, before refilling the burner, always fully close the burner damper plate (or use the fire snuffer or other tool provided with your fireplace) and wait 15 minutes before refilling the burner. Failure to observe this warning may lead to personal injury, death or, property damage.
  • Always allow the fire to burn out and the burner to cool completely by waiting for 15 minutes before refilling.
  • Keep fuels and fuel containers away from children and pets/animals. 

Decanting / Filling / Refilling

Read the manufactures instructions of your fireplace for decanting, filling and refilling your fireplace. For VioFlame and EzyFlame fireplaces, decorative fires and firetables use the instructions as set out below.

  • To fill or refill the burner, first check the fire is out completely; use the fire snuffer, or other control device included with your fire to make sure the fire is out completely. 
  • Wait for the burner to cool and make sure before handling.
  • Remove the burner from the fireplace and take it outdoors.
  • Fill the burner and then place the burner back into the fireplace.
  • Do not smoke or use a naked flame while handling the fuel.
  • Avoid spilling fuel when filling or refilling the burner - Spilt fuel poses a fire hazard. Spilt fuel may damage or stain floor finishes or coverings.
  • If fuel is spilt, clean up affected area immediately with a damp sponge and rinse out sponge in cold water.


  • Do not smoke while handling or decanting fuel.
  • Keep naked flames away from fuel when handling or decanting.
  • Keep fuel away from ignition sources.
  • Keep fuel containers closed tightly at all times.
  • Only use approved, sealable containers for storing fuel.
  • Do not store fuel in a static / electrically charged environment. Discharge static by touching a grounded metal object prior to handling or decanting fuel.
  • Do not store fuel close to an electrical power point.
  • Do not store liquid fuel containers within 1 metre (40”) of the fireplace. Liquid fuel stored near the fireplace could ignite unexpectedly.
  • Do not store fuel or flammable liquids in your apartment or living area.
  • It is important to check and comply with your local regulations regarding safe storage and handling of flammable liquids.

Fuel Storage Guide / How much fuel can I store at my residence?

Location Amount           

Within a residence:

5 Litres
In a garage attached to a residence with a 60/60/60 FRL*  separating wall: 25 Litres
Outdoors, or in a shed or garage, separated from the residence or any other building by 1 m space:
100 Litres
Outdoors, uncovered, or in a shed or garage, separated from the residence or any structure or boundary by either 3 m of space or a wall having an FRL* of 180/180/180
250 Litres
*FRL = Fire Resistance Level  

Ref: AS 1940-2004. The storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids.
Note: These guidelines are set out in the Australian Standard. However, you should check with your local authority if in doubt about safe storage practices for fuels and other flammable goods.


VioFuel Ethanol - MSDS - Material Safety Data Sheet

click to view document VioFuel MSDS: (327Kb)