The Difference Between Wood Burning Stoves and Multi-fuel Stoves

When looking for the perfect stove for your home, there are many different factors to consider. Is it going to be a cost-effective option? Is it harmful to the environment? Does it require a lot of maintenance? Do you have space?

As with anything, there are both pros and cons to having a wood burning stove or multi-fuel stove. To shorten your search we’ve collated a few pointers to help you make the right choice for your home.

Wood Burner Stove

A wood burning stove does just that – burns logs! It is usually built with a fixed grate and a flat base, this is because as the wood burns the ashes are collected and new logs can be placed on top. The base of ashes greatly assists the combustion process and it has a very positive impact on heat output as well as giving you maximum efficiency.

One of the many great things about wood-burning stoves is that wood required for burning is a widely available and renewable source. It emits fewer pollutants and is regarded as a carbon neutral energy; this is because the burning process releases roughly the same amount of carbon dioxide that a tree absorbs when growing.

If you have access to your own wood supply, then a wood-burning stove can be a cost-effective option. As long as the logs are seasoned and looked after accordingly, you’ll be able to generate virtually free fuel and will have a supply available to you when you are in need of it.

There are two kinds of wood burning stoves; log burners and pellet stoves. Although log burners are generally more popular, pellet stoves can be a cheaper and more accessible alternative to heat the entire home. However, neither of these stoves are suitable to leave burning throughout the night, therefore it is not ideal if you’re looking for a constant source of heat.

Multi-fuel Stove

Multi-fuel stoves are a popular option for many homeowners as they burn a variety of materials other than wood. Apart from logs, a multi-fuel stove can burn smokeless fuels (as long as they are authorised), peat/turf briquettes and anthracite. Due to the options available, it’s a great choice if you do not already have a good source of fuel, as all fuels are readily available.

A major difference from wood burning stoves is that the multi-fuel stove has a raised grate, which keeps the fuel off the bottom, allowing the air to circulate underneath and around the stove for more efficient burning. Unlike the wood burning stove, for optimum combustion and efficient burning, the fuel needs to be de-ashed, therefore it needs to safely collect and removed from the stove regularly.

All in all, the multi-fuel option is more versatile if the fuel you want to use may change from time to time. Burning smokeless fuels, such as coal can be an excellent option if you want to heat the whole house over a long period of time as it works as a constant heating source and produces greater heat per volume than wood does, however, it is less environmentally friendly.

If you have any further questions regarding our multi-fuel stoves or wood burning stoves, please do not hesitate to get in contact. If you’re in the area, feel free to visit our showroom in Albury.