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The Multi Fuel Stove is Back in Vogue

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The Multi Fuel Stove is Back in Vogue

Many of us have seen a multi fuel stove at some point in our lives and to be perfectly honest, they were usually in an old dwelling that may have belonged to our great granny. Multi fuel stoves are also a familiar sight in films from yesteryear, nestling in an inglenook opening in a country cottage. The multi fuel stove, or wood burning stove as they were sometimes called, really were the very centre of the home. They gave heat to see the occupants through the very harshest winter, they cooked the food and provided all the hot water the family needed.

It's true to say that a multi fuel stove would make most people think about times gone by and a more rustic and simple way of life, but this old fashioned image is being challenged nowadays by an ever increasing army of new multi fuel stove devotees. A group of people who may have initially set out to find a cheaper and more sustainable method of producing heat and have quickly come to realise that there is a lot more to a multi fuel stove than just practicality and financial common sense. Below are just some of the practical reasons why the multi fuel stove is making such a comback.

Some interesting points about wood and multi fuel stoves

  • Wood is a carbon neutral fuel because the amount of carbon dioxide it will emit when burnt is equal to the amount absorbed during the life of the tree.
  • Most modern multi fuel stoves have been thoughtfully designed with a removable or drop down throat plate in order to make chimney sweeping as easy and clean as possible.
  • Well seasoned wood for the multi fuel wood burning stove needs to be cut, split and stored for at least eighteen months to ensure that it is dry enough to burn efficiently. Seasoned wood can be identified by its light weight, cracks and hollow sound. The water content should be below 25%, this can be tested with an approved moisture meter.
  • Most modern multi fuel stoves are capable of burning for long periods and overnight.

The environment and the types of fuels used by multi fuel stoves

Coal, oil and gas are fossil fuels that have evolved from the decomposition of natural minerals over millions of years. They contain high levels of carbon dioxide, which is released into the atmosphere during the combustion process and damages the environment.

Wood on the other hand is a carbon neutral fuel because the amount of carbon dioxide it will emit when burnt is only equal to the amount absorbed during the life of the tree.

Burning wood is much kinder to the environment than any other domestic type of fuel.

Wood to burn in your multi fuel and wood burning stove

As a natural and renewable fuel, wood is the first choice for burning, as long as it is dry and well seasoned. Hard woods such as Oak, Beech and Ash will give the most heat and burn for longer, whereas soft wood will require more frequent refuelling.

Multi Fuel for your multi fuel stove

Modern multi fuel stoves are designed for use with cleaner burning and smokeless fuels. The following list of fuels are just a selection of well known suitable smokeless fuels:

  • Ecobrite which is only suitable for closed appliances like multi fuel stoves
  • Black Diamond Premium Stove Fuel which is only suitable for closed appliances like multi fuel stoves
  • Homefire which is suitable for open fires and closed appliances like multi fuel stoves
  • Homefire Ovals which is suitable for open fires and closed appliances like multi fuel stoves
  • Phurnacite which is only suitable for closed appliances like multi fuel stoves
  • Ancit which is only suitable for closed appliances like multi fuel stoves
  • Taybrite which is only suitable for closed appliances like multi fuel stoves
  • Supertherm II which is suitable for open fires and closed appliances like multi fuel stoves
  • Multiheat which is suitable for open fires and closed appliances like multi fuel stoves

Information taken from www.hetas.co.uk, please visit their website for the full list. It is always wellworth testing a few types of fuel on your appliance before buying it in bulk as they do tend to vary in performance in different situations. Remember, soft household coal should never be burnt in a multi fuel stove under any circumstances.

So for all the reasons above and more, the multi fuel and wood burning stove is well and truly back in vogue.


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