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Why Our Decorative Flames are Safer

By definition, fire is a chemical reaction that produces a hot, burning flame. Fire, as an entity, will never be completely ‘safe’.

This being said, Lovinflame’s patented burning system offers a much safer alternative to traditional decorative flame products, such as bioethanol fireplaces or scented candles.

CLEAN EMISSIONS

Until recently, decorative flame products corresponded with increased levels of indoor air pollution — regardless of whether you used a wood-burning stove, a bioethanol fireplace, oreven generic, scented candles. An electric fireplace used to be the only option to offer a truly emissions-free alternative to fire (and we all know an electric fireplace is just not the same).

This is before Lovinflame’s patented burning system came on the scene.

Lovinflame’s clean-burning fires emit water vapor and carbon dioxide — so it is perfectly safe to use any Lovinflame decorative flame product indoors.

SAFE STORAGE AND TRANSPORT

Lovinflame Fuel is considered non-flammable since its flash point is so high, at 104ºC / 220 ºF. It’s classified as a Class IIIB Combustible Liquid under the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 30: Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code), the least flammable level of classification. 

Imagine a puddle of spilled fuel on the ground — if the ambient temperature is at or above the fuel’s flash point, the fuel will vaporize to form a flammable mixture in the air.

As one can imagine, using a fuel with a low flash point can be quite dangerous. Bioethanol, for example — a common fuel for decorative flame products — has a flash point as low as 13ºC (55.4 ºF). That means if you accidentally spill bioethanol or the container it’s stored in has a leak, it will vaporize and form a flammable mixture with the air even when the surrounding temperature is well below room temperature. As such, bioethanol storage and transport is stringently controlled by government bodies.

Lovinflame Fuel, on the other hand, won’t start vaporizing into the air until temperatures reach a staggering 104 ºC (220 ºF) — well past the boiling point of water. As such, home- and business-owners can safely store Lovinflame fuel without losing peace of mind, and it can be painlessly transported by land or air without U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) restrictions.

SAFE USE

Lovinflame non-flammable fuel has a very high flash point, which means very little risk of flare-ups due to refueling, overfilling the burner, or when fuel is spilled.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for ethanol burners. The Queensland Office of Fair Trading released a video warning citizens about the danger of ethanol burners — and for good reason. Since the introduction of ethanol burners to the market, there have been a number of incidents involving severe burn injuries, or even death.

While Lovinflame Fuel can be safely refueled, we do recommend using the opening next to the burner to pour the fuel directly into the fuel container, rather than directly onto the flame.

WHAT ABOUT ACCIDENTS?

The idea of accidentally knocking over an ethanol burner and watching the flames spread across the entire surface area of the fuel is a terrifying — but highly plausible — prospect. Accidentally spilling a bit of ethanol fuel while refueling is extremely common, and can also result in significant damage.

Lovinflame-powered burners, on the other hand, are much less likely to spread fire if the device topples over or if fuel is spilled. Since the fuel itself is non-flammable, the fire will be contained at the source, giving you a chance to clean up the mess. This is because our non-flammable fuel only ignites when it reaches its extremely high flash point (104ºC / 220 ºF), which is designed to achieve through contact with the wick — so if the fuel is isolated from the wick and below its flash point, it won’t catch on fire.

This being said, we want to again emphasize that fire is fire. If a Lovinflame-powered burner is exposed to something flammable — like window curtains or clothing — the flame will spread to the affected area.  As always, exercise caution when using fire to avoid unnecessary accidents.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Lovinflame’s decorative fire products use a patented burning system that is designed to ignite only when Lovinflame’s otherwise non-flammable fuel is in contact with our patented stainless steel wick. If this sounds like a very tricky piece of innovation, that’s because it is — it took a rocket scientist a decade to figure out.

Read more about the technology and how it works in our article “How Our Innovation is Redefining Fire”.