If you are on the lookout for a multi-fuel stove, then there are certain things to consider before you make your choice.
One of the major benefits of multi-fuel stoves is their flexibility. In addition to burning wood you can also use smokeless fuel and coal and each of these burn in a different way. To maximise on the fuel efficiency of your stove it makes sense to find out if the stove you are thinking of buying is optimised for burning all compatible fuels in an efficient manner.
An example of this is that coal needs air to get to it from below the grate in order to burn efficiently. The majority of multi fuel stoves have riddling plates that make it easy for you to remove ash and allow more air through so if you choose a stove that does this, then you know it will work well when burning coal.
It’s well known that wood burns more efficiently when it is sitting on a bed of ash with air circulating from the top. Do a bit of research and check if the multi-fuel you’re interested in can do this as well.
Many multi-fuel stoves have a control that enables you to circulate air from below or above depending on the fuel that is being used. Stoves like this are ideal for maximising on the fuels you intend to use.
The choice you make will also be influenced by the following:
- Do you intend to heat the whole property or just one room?
- Do you live in a smoke controlled area?
- How much time do you spend at home?
- Do you know what the maintenance requirements are?
- How much space do you have to store fuel?
- How easy is it to get fuel where you live?