What can you burn in a multi fuel stove?

19 Feb

When you picture a stove warming your home, it’s the image of a wood burning stove that is most likely to come to mind. But did you know that you can also use a variety of other fuel types and achieve the same warm, cosy effect?

Dru 78MF cast iron multifuel stove

Multi fuel stoves are designed to burn any of a number of different fuels, just as efficiently and attractively as wood. You’ll be able to identify a multi fuel stove as most models are fitted with a riddling grate and an ashpan. These stoves usually require regular de-ashing, but the versatility offered by a multi fuel stove can be really useful for busy people who don’t always have time to pick up the same type of fuel.

Wood is a good option, as long as it is fully seasoned and has a moisture content of less than 20%. Small bags of logs can usually be picked up from supermarkets and DIY shops, although if you have the space to store a large quantity of logs, having a winter’s worth delivered by a local farmer or other supplier tends to be more cost-effective.

Alternatively, you can burn coal in your multi fuel stove – coal burns most effectively with an air supply from beneath, so use your bottom vent to regulate it.

Another option is anthracite, which is a naturally occurring smokeless fuel. Considered a high-performance fuel with a low flame, anthracite is good for contained fires such as stoves and range cookers, but it shouldn’t be used on an open fire.

Finally, peat is a traditional fuel that has been used to heat homes and cook for centuries. Peat comes in blocks or lumps, lights easily and has an atmospheric smell when burning.

Chat to us about your heating needs and we can help you make the right choice for your home.

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