If you’re thinking about installing a wood-burning stove in your home, one of the first things you need to decide is whether it’s really a woodburner you want or a multi-fuel stove.
So, what’s the difference?
The biggest difference between the two is indicated by their names. A wood-burning stove is only equipped to burn wood. Multi-fuel stoves can also burn wood, but you have the additional option of burning other solid fuels.
The most obvious difference between a woodburner and a multi-fuel stove that you’ll be able to spot is that a multi-fuel stove has a raised grate.
This is because fuels such as coal burn better when they have an air supply from beneath. Wood, by contrast, does not need this sort of air supply to burn effectively. In a multi-fuel stove there is a grate to allow air to circulate below the fuel, whereas in a wood-burning stove the wood will usually sit on the bottom surface of the firebox because it burns best on a bed of ashes.
Some solid fuels also burn at hotter temperatures than wood, which means that burning them on a dedicated wood-burning stove can cause damage to the metalwork.
Where’s the ashpan?
Multi-fuel stove have an ashpan that sits below the grate to gather the ashes. Since wood burns best on a bed of ashes, woodburners do not include ashpans. Instead, you’ll need a shovel or ash vac pot to collect the ashes.
The benefits of a multi-fuel stove
The flexibility to vary your fuel
Easier to clean due to the ashpan
Suitable for use in smoke control areas when approved smokeless fuels are burned.
Our Multi-fuel best-seller
The Portway Arundel XL Multifuel DEFRA Approved Stove, to find out more contact us 🔥
The benefits of a wood-burning stove
Better for the environment because only sustainable fuel can be burned
More efficient if you plan to burn mainly wood
Usually slightly cheaper than the equivalent model of multi-fuel stove.
Our Wood-burning best-seller
The 5kw Eco Design Ready (2022) – Slimline Ecosy+ Panoramic Wood Burning Stove is a great pick when it comes to dedicated wood-burning stove, to find out more contact us 🔥
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