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The Multi Fuel Stove and the Environment

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The Multi Fuel Stove and the Environment

So what is the environmental impact of burning wood?

Although it is true to say that coal, gas, and electricity have been gradually replacing wood as our main source of heat over the years, it is still a very important source of energy. Obviously the sight and feel of a multi fuel stove burning is far more appealing than a boring old boiler that is hidden away in a cupboard somewhere, but are multi fuel stoves green? Well, with the exception of hydroelectricity and other renewable energy sources, they are much greener, and even the exceptions account for less than 5% of all the electricity produced. Wood is also renewable, trees are being planted on a regular basis. On top of freshly cut trees, there is dead and fallen wood that can be used to fuel a multi fuel stove.

There are acres upon acres of coppice throughout Europe that are used to provide telegraph poles, fencing materials of all sorts and other wooden essentials. If these are not regularly felled, they will wither and die destroying entire eco systems. The amount of carbon dioxide produced by burning wood is almost exactly the same amount that used by the tree growing in the first place. If wood is left to rot on the ground it then produces methane, which is twenty times more damaging to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. When burnt correctly, wood produces virtually no smoke and no acid. So it does beg the question as to why we feel the need to continue to consume the non renewable energy sources, when we are surrounded by renewable wooden ones.

Wood is also considered by the government to be a carbon neutral resource and they have even levied a subsidised 5% VAT charge on wood boilers over 7Kw with installation. There is about 20 million tonnes of renewable wood available every year in the United Kingdom and about 50million tonnes in France.

Special heat circulating fans for the top of your multi fuel stove

The use of wood burners and multi-fuel stoves in the United Kingdom has increased substantially in recent years as domestic heating costs have soared. However, one drawback has been the length of time it can take to warm a room from cold. These very heavy metal stoves are best for long burns and not as quick and convenient as turning on a gas fire. So what is the best way to circulate the warm air produced by your multi fuel fire? Simple stove top fans that are powered by the heat of the stove itself significantly reduce the time it takes to heat a room by mixing the air and reducing the heat gradients in the room. It stands to reason, if there is a fan on top of the heat source, gently wafting the heated air around the room, the distribution of heat will be more even and reduce hot spots near to the actual multi fuel stove.

What about the cost of heating a home with a multi fuel stove?

As already mentioned, domestic energy bills have gone up at an alarming over recent months. Many people are turning to wood and multi fuel burning stoves to replace all, or part, of their central heating. Stckists of multi fuel burning stoves up and down the United Kingdom, are reporting much increased sales as consumers, fed up with the cost of their latest gas or oil bill, are seeking out alternative ways of heating their homes.

The Multi Fuel Association says sales have risen up to 30% higher than normal with some multi fuel stove manufacturers finding it hard to cope with the increased demand. So not only are wood burning multi fuel stoves environmentally friendly, they are very attractive additions to our homes and they also make sound financial sense.

Lots of the newer designs of multi fuel stoves incorporate a rather clever clean burn technology, to the extent they can be installed in houses in clean air areas that ban conventional open fires. They are also a far more efficient way to heat a room than a traditional open fire that allows the majority of the heat to escape straight up the chimney. Some of the best multi fuel stoves are 85% efficient, so it's well worth taking a look.

Another major plus with a multi fuel stove is that if you install a back boiler, which straps to the back of the stove, you may be able to provide all the central heating requirements and all of your hot water as long as the multi fuel stove is correctly rated for your size of property. This is great news for people who currently rely on LPG or oil fired boilers as they can make a substantial saving in running costs. I remember my brother in law constantly complaining about the cost of oil for his remote farm cottage, his complaining stopped when he had a multi fuel stove fitted.

The cost of a multi fuel stove installation

A large multi fuel stove, complete with a back boiler, will cost somewhere around the £900 - £1,000 mark. Any extra equipment, such as flues and liners can increase this a little but you will make back the money from this investment in a rather short amount of time.

A reasonable estimate would be for someone to spend around £1,500 a year on liquid gas, as opposed to around £400 on wood deliveries, and maybe a small amount on gas. Many people don't have a multi fuel stove just to save money, they have one installed because they wanted to use a sustainable resource such as wood to heat the house rather than gas.

Even if you don't want to link a multi fuel stove to your central heating system, a simple wood burning stove will keep a couple of linked rooms warm during the day without the need to run the central heating. Small multi fuel stoves can start from around £350.

Remember, new and complex building regulations that come into force recently, will require householders to install more energy efficient boilers which may be a factor for those planning to replace a gas boiler with a multi fuel stove. Ansell Stoves can advise you on all the relevant aspects of switching to a multi fuel stove, so why not give us a call today?

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