Multi fuel stoves are similar to wood burning stoves in appearance. They provide a focal point to a living room, allowing you to create a warm, welcoming and friendly ambience. They are an aesthetically pleasing addition to any home and provide a fantastically efficient source of heating. When harnessed correctly they have the potential to prevent rising heating bills or even stop them altogether! However, there is certainly a wide range of multi fuel stoves available on the market. With many specifications and implications it is all too easy to get lost in all the technical jargon. With them often being a sizeable outlay, consumers want to ensure they are getting the correct stove for their circumstances. Here at East Midland Stoves we are often faced with these types of questions and what is best for you. That is why we have compiled a guide that will allow you to consider all aspects of a multi fuel stove and whether this is right for your circumstances.
How Do Multi Fuel Stoves Work?
Multi fuel stoves are very similar to log burners in that they are a form of heating appliance. They generally consist of a solid metal firebox (usually iron or steel) which is lined by fire brick with one or more air controls. This firebox is then connected by a ventilated pipe to a flue. However, where they differ is in functionality. Multi fuel allows you to burn other types of fuel such as coal as well as more traditional wood and wood derived products. While wood burning stoves provide a highly efficient, eco-friendly form of heating, burning of coal can be harmful to the environment.
Multi fuel stoves are common throughout the UK and can be used for a range of appliances including heating and cooking. They are also used to heat up tanks of water, doubling up as a boiler. Stoves are a highly efficient form of heating when you consider the various other appliances for which they can be used.
What Fuel Is Suitable For Multi Fuel Stoves?
Multi fuel stoves provide a great form of heating as the various fuels are easily accessible, local supermarkets and stove showrooms provide these fuels. Generally you shouldn’t burn standard coal in a multi fuel stove; smokeless coal is now readily available. If you are unaware as to what fuel is best to use it is worth contacting a local fuel expert. Multi fuel also differs to wood in that they have a raised grate in the bottom. This allows a better circulation of air to allow it to burn better. Therefore, if you leave fuels such as coal they can burn over longer periods providing a continuous source of heat. Multi fuel stoves tend to be a more versatile option for stoves due to the types of fuel that can be used. If you don’t have a steady access to cheap, good quality wood these are definitely worth considering.
Installing a multi fuel stove in your home is no easy feat and we would heavily advise against doing this yourself unless you are fully competent and registered to do so. Unlawful stove installations are deemed illegal and many insurance companies will refuse to pay out on claims for fires that are caused by faulty or incorrect stove installations. The Heating Equipment Testing and Approval Scheme (HETAS) is the governing body for stove installations of solid fuel and biomass heating. For your stove to be fully registered it must be signed off by a registered HETAS installer. East Midland Stoves are fully registered and experts when it comes to all aspects of bespoke stove installation. To be completely sure in the competency of your installer look out for the HETAS logo.
Wood Burning Stoves Vs Multi Fuel Stoves
Multi fuel stoves are highly efficient, especially when used correctly with suitable sources of fuel. If you are more limited with regards to suitable wood as a source of fuel then a multi fuel stove may be a better option for your home. However, if you have a readily available source of wood or wood derived products available it may be worth pursuing a wood burning stove. If you desire the traditional look of a stove but the ease of switching it on or off then it may even be worth considering a gas or electric stove. Still extremely efficient and effective, they are generally easier to maintain and upkeep.
A Few Tips
– Consider which stove is correct for your circumstances. If you live a busy lifestyle and desire a stove that is not particularly high maintenance and can be easily switched on or off then perhaps a gas or electric stove is the one for you. However, if you desire more traditional stoves and have access to the correct sources of fuel then it is definitely worth considering a log burning or multi fuel stove.
– Stove installation is no easy feat and it is crucial it is installed correctly. Not only can it have implications on your insurance policies, it can severely impact health and safety concerns when done incorrectly. Ensure a fully registered HETAS installer signs it off.
– Make sure you burn the correct fuel for your stove. Multi fuel stoves have a slightly raised grate to pull more air over fuel such as coal to allow more efficient burning. This is not the case for log burners and thus will not function as efficiently with incorrect fuel sources.
– Regular chimney sweeping and maintenance is crucial to allow the safe and effective combustion of your stove. Sweeping and maintenance clears any chimney blockages and will also spot any issues such as leakages should they occur.
East Midland Stoves specialise in the installation of bespoke multi fuel stoves and wood burning stoves. We are highly experienced in all aspects of fire safety and also provide a chimney sweeping and maintenance service. Our team is based in Sapcote but we provide our services to a number of locations throughout the Midlands including Coventry, Derby, Leicester and Nottingham. We also provide a range of fireside accessories. If you are interested in installing a multi fuel stove for your home get in touch with our expert team today!