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Multi-fuel or wood burning stove?

Multi-fuel stoves can burn wood, smokeless fuel and coal and there are some differences in the way these fuels burn. Not all multi-fuel stoves are optimised for burning all fuels with equal efficiency.

To burn efficiently, coal needs air to reach it from below. Multi-fuel stoves have a grate for the fuel to sit on, making them ideal for coal. Some also have a riddling plate.  You can then remove any ash that’s built up, letting more air through from underneath.  Wood, on the other hand, burns best when sitting on a bed of ash, with air circulating from the top.

Because of this, a multi-fuel stove may not be optimised for burning both types of fuel. It’s best to work out what type of fuel you want to burn first, and then base your buying decision on that.  Interestingly, The Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) found that 77% of people who have a multi-fuel stove only burn wood. If you are planning on only ever burning wood, getting a dedicated log burner is advisable. However, if you want to burn both types of fuel, and especially if you think you may not have regular access to one, then go for a multi-fuel stove.

Multi-fuel stoves may not be optimised for burning both types of fuel.  If this is the case, look out for a multi-fuel stove that has primary and secondary (sometimes called airwash) air vents. These allow you to control whether more air circulates from above or below, depending on the type of fuel. Also look for a stove that will allow you to either remove the grate, so wood can be burnt on the base of the stove instead of the grate, or to adjust it. A lot of manufacturers have designed grates that can be altered to enable both types of fuels to burn efficiently.

In the showroom we have multi-fuel stoves from Dik Geurts, Peanut and Hunter on display. Give us a call on 01237 420904 or come into our showroom in Bideford to discuss the right stove for you.