What is the difference between a wood burning stove and a multi fuel stove?

What is the difference between a wood burning stove and a multi fuel stove?
As the cold winter months draw in, you want to keep your house comfy and warm. While most modern homes come equipped with radiators and storage heaters, one of the cosiest options for heating your house is a solid fuel burner - and they also help you save on electricity costs!

If you are searching for a new solid fuel stove, you will be presented with a few different options in regard to the fuel you can burn. The types of fuel which fall under this category will either be compatible with a wood-burning stove or a multi-fuel stove. Each has a number of benefits, so it is worth considering which fuel suits your needs best before making a purchase. 

Wood burning stoves

Wood burning stoves, as the name suggests, offer homeowners the ability to burn wood logs. However, there are two types to consider – log burners and pellet stoves. Log burners tend to be standalone, single room stoves whereas pellet stoves are used to heat entire houses.

Multi-Fuel Stoves

The other type of solid fuel burner available on the market is a multi-fuel stove. These stoves can burn different fuels (as the name suggests), including wood, coal, smokeless fuel, or peat briquettes. Multi-fuel stoves tend to come with a variety of automatic functions including timed ignition and backups in case of power cuts. Not all multi-fuel stoves are compatible with all kinds of fuel as different fuels require different airflow, etc. 

What are the differences between the two?

The main consideration when buying either a wood burner or a multi-fuel stove is the type of fuel you want to burn. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Wood burners are much cheaper than multi-fuel stoves. Not just in terms of their initial cost but also in regard to running costs – wood (though it needs drying) can be collected by hand and even pre-dried logs can be a cheaper option. Wood is also more environmentally friendly, with less CO2 produced than other fuels. However, it is not safe for use in smoke-controlled areas. Some newer models of wood burners include smoke control kits.

Multi-fuel stoves, whilst being more expensive, can burn smokeless fuel, which means they are more suitable in smoke-controlled areas, making them an attractive option for urban properties. They tend to be much more efficient and the ability to burn different types of fuel means that you can buy fuels which are local and convenient for you. They are also much more modern looking, which means they will fit with a more contemporary interior design aesthetic. The automatic features mean there is more control over their function.

At Stove Supermarket, we have a full range of both wood and multi-fuel stoves at an attractive price for any heating needs and our experts will be more than happy to help you decide which stove option works best for your home! Browse our website, give us a call on 01226 816 051 

or send us an email on sales@stovesupermarket.co.uk

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