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エタノール vs. Lovinflame専用燃料、違いは?私たちのこだわり

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As the $7.5 billion global candle market can attest, humans are inexplicably drawn to the soft glow of a burning flame, despite potentially dangerous side effects. Besides the obvious risk of spreading fires, traditional wood-burning fireplaces also release a significant amount of air pollution — including fine particle pollution, carbon monoxide, and volatile organic compounds — while trendy scented candles fill the air with dust and fungus.

数年前、エタノールランプは、換気口を設置せずに安全に屋内で燃やすことができる装飾的な炎の製品として自分自身を位置づけ、シーンに入った - 薪燃焼ランプや有害物質に満ちたキャンドルへのクリーンな燃焼の代替。新製品が装飾的な炎の市場を炎上させたあまりにも長い間、否定的な結果はすぐに明らかになった。

One woman in the United Kingdom discovered the ugly underbelly of ethanol burners the hard way, when she brought her portable ethanol burner with her to the beach. She ignited the burner and kept it by her side, while she enjoyed her afternoon underneath the shade of an umbrella. As she did so, ethanol slowly began forming a flammable mixture with the air, which became trapped underneath the umbrella. This story tragically ends with the untimely death of the woman as the air surrounding her burst into flames.

Medical studies are reporting more and more bioethanol-caused accidents as the decorative flame products become increasingly popular. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of victims exhibit burns on the hands and face, indicative of accidents caused by flare-ups.

The Australian government has become so concerned with the introduction of bioethanol burners to the market that they issued an interim ban on certain decorative alcohol fueled devices from March 17, 2017 until May 15, 2017. After the ban expired, it was replaced with a new set of safety standards. Since that time, the Australian government has continued to issue warnings against ethanol burners, including this very alarming video that demonstrates how fast ethanol burners can go from decorative to dangerous.  

Luckily, our innovation in fire technology discovered a way to burn fire using a ethanol-free fuel to make it as clean-burning and as it is mesmerizing — making it possible to enjoy decorative flames, while significantly reducing the risk of accidents.

How can a fuel be non-flammable?

Liquid fuels exist on a gradient between combustible and flammable fuels, classified as such according to each fuel’s respective flash point. A “flash point” is the point at which a fuel begins to form a flammable mixture with the air that will ignite when met with an ignition source (e.g. a lighter).*

The flash point of ethanol, for example, is 13 ºC (55.4 ºF). As this temperature is well below average room temperature, this can be quite dangerous, which is why storage and transport of ethanol is strictly controlled by the Department of Transportation (DOT). If someone accidentally spills ethanol, or if the container has a leak, the fuel will begin forming a flammable vapor — making the air in any closed space ready to combust as soon as it is exposed to an ignition source.

一方、Lovinflame専用燃料は、引火点が104 ºC(220 ºF)と比較的高く、ココナッツオイルやオリーブオイルと並んでクラスIII Bの可燃性液体に分類されます。

*Flash point is not the same as autoignition temperature, which is the temperature at which the liquid vapors spontaneously ignite without an ignition source.

エタノールとLovinflame専用燃料の違いは?

As discussed in the previous section, ethanol has a rather low flash point (13 ºC/55.4 ºF) compared to Lovinflame Fuel (104 ºC/220 ºF). Lovinflame’s remarkably high flash point is the reason our decorative flame products are much easier and safer to use than ethanol counterparts.

 

Compared to ethanol fuel, our water-soluble, ethanol-free Lovinflame Fuel is relatively safer and poses fewer risks. Watch it in action! 

In practice, this means that:

1.Lovinflame専用燃料はブタンライターと直接接触してもすぐには着火しません。

Even the heat provided by a butane lighter isn’t enough to ignite this high flash point fuel. In fact, in order to quickly and easily ignite the ethanol-free fuel, Lovinflame products are equipped with our patented stainless steel wick, which has been specially designed to rapidly reach temperatures above 900 ºC (1652 ºF). Without this patented design, it would take someone a very, very long time to reach a temperature high enough to ignite the fuel.

2. Lovinflame専用燃料はフレアアップのリスクを低減します。
The majority of ethanol-caused accidents are because users directly pour fuel onto the fire when they want to refuel the tank. Due to a low flash point, when users pour ethanol directly onto the flame, the fuel will instantly vaporize and combust — potentially causing severe burns on users’ hands and faces.

一方、Lovinflame専用燃料は104℃に達するまで気化しないので、給油中の炎上のリスクを大幅に軽減します。炎の上に直接燃料を注ぐことはお勧めしませんが、当社の卓上ランプには、使用中に簡単に燃料を補給できるよう、燃料タンクの横に開口部があります。

3.Lovinflame専用燃料は、火災の延焼リスクを低減します。

エタノールバーナーとは対照的に、ペットや子供が誤ってLovinflameキャンドルや卓上ランプ を床に叩きつけてしまった場合でも、こぼれた燃料の表面積を超えて火が広がることはありません。

この理由は、不燃性のLovinflame専用燃料の化学的性質に帰着します:燃え盛る芯などの着火源があっても、非常に高い温度(引火点104 ºC / 220 ºF)に達するまで着火しません。

*キャンドルや卓上ランプ が倒れて可燃物(カーペット、ラグ、カーテンなど)に接触した場合、これらの可燃物に火が移る可能性が高くなります。Lovinflameの装飾的な炎プロダクトはエタノールバーナーよりより少ない危険を示すが、ユーザーは常に極度の注意を行使し、プロダクトがペットおよび子供の手の届かないところによく保たれ、可燃性の目的から離れていることを確かめなければならない。

Lovinflame専用燃料は私にとって何を意味するのでしょうか?

If you’re a retailer:

  • あなたの店が収容できるだけ多くのLovinflame専用燃料を格納することができます。
  • DOT規制物質ではないためLovinflame専用燃料をオンラインで直接注文することができます。

If you’re a user:

  • You can safely use Lovinflame products in your home, putting yourself at a lower risk of flare-ups or spreading fires as a result of fuel spills
  • エタノールのような可燃性液体の面倒な配送条件を満たすことを心配することなく、オンラインで簡単にLovinflame製品とLovinflame専用燃料を注文することができます。
  • Lovinflame専用燃料は、シンクに流すか、他のゴミと一緒に捨てるだけで簡単に捨てることができます。完全分解性で水溶性なので、周囲の環境に悪影響を与えることはありません。
Wrapping Up

焚き火を楽しむことは、私たちを人間らしくさせるものですが、最近まで、焚き火には急性のリスクと限界がありました。薪ストーブは有害物質や大気汚染物質を放出します。エタノールバーナーは、私たち自身や家族、財産を危険にさらします。電気式のランプ も同じではありません。

This new innovation in fire technology finally puts a decorative flame product on the market that allows people to use fire even more safely — letting friends, families, and loved ones gather around the dancing light of the flame, while keeping peace of mind.