What is a Multi-Fuel Stove?
Multi-fuel stoves, also known as mineral-fuel stoves can burn wood, smokeless fuel and coal. Because fuel burns in different ways, not all multi-fuel stoves are capable of burning all the materials listed above. This will depend on the make and model. Enquire with us today for more information!
Is a Multi-Fuel Stove Eco-Friendly?
A multi-fuel stove is as eco-friendly as the materials you burn on it. Smokeless fuel is a lot eco-friendlier than traditional solid fuels. Although it is not completely smokeless, it can be burnt in smoke-free zones and causes minimal air pollution as it produces far less CO2 than other types of burning fuel.
Don’t burn the following on a multi-fuel stove or fireplace;
- Wet wood
- Christmas trees
- Painted or treated wood
- Any type of paper with coloured print/ink
- Plywood, chipboard etc.
- Fire accelerants e.g. kerosene, petrol
- Dryer lint
- Cardboard (includes things such as cereal boxes)
- Drift wood
All of the following items could potentially cause harm to you, your stove or your home.
How Would Your Home Benefit from a Multi-Fuel Stove?
Flexible Choice of Fuel
It does exactly what it says on the tin. A multi-fuel stove means that you have many options when it comes to the fuel used. This said, you can choose which fuel to use based on current price, and find the cheapest energy solution.
Easy Debris Removal
Many multi-fuel stoves have a build-in ash pan which collects all debris and ash. This means that cleaning the stove is quick, easy and nowhere near as messy. This also helps ensure that the life span of the stove is as long as possible.
Not Reliant on Power or the Grid
Using a stove of any kind to power your home, and potentially your hot water supply, is a good way to save money as the price of both gas and electric continue to soar. This also means that in the event of a power cut you will always have some sort of heating, which can be incredibly important, especially during winter.
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Multi-fuel stoves are generally made from solid steel and when made to a high standard can last for years, as long as they are also properly maintained.
Aesthetic purposes are one of the main reasons that people choose to install a stove. Nothing beats the feeling of sitting in front of an authentic looking fire.
Multi-Fuel Stove Installation
Do You Have an Existing Chimney Breast?
Yes: You will need to have your existing chimney breast swept and lined. Lining the chimney with flue liner will ensure the stove operates more efficiently by reducing the internal size of the chimney so it can heat up faster.
No: If you do not have a chimney breast, don’t worry, a ‘twin wall’ chimney can be installed either inside or outside of the property.
Risks of Installing a Stove Yourself
Although you can install a stove on your own, we highly recommend that you don’t, some of the risks associated with DIY stove installation include;
Good ventilation is essential when it comes to both stoves and fireplaces, without adequate air flow toxic gases could build up and put you at risk.
There are extremely strict guidelines when it comes to combustible materials near a stove of any sort an example of this is a wooden fireplace mantel. Other factors such as the material of the hearth also have to be taken into consideration.
There are also regulations about how your flue should pass through walls and ceilings when a new flue system is installed. This can all be found in Document J, but it is a very technical guide.
Failure to meet all the requirements of stove installation can put you in a great deal of danger. Regulations and codes are set to ensure people don’t fall victim to potentially lethal house fires.
Why Choose The Stove and Fireplace Builder?
Here at The Stove and Fireplace Builder our comprehensive knowledge of stoves means that we are able to assist you with every aspect of your stove installation. Everything from initial planning and design of your stove right up to the end result, which we are sure you’ll be happy with.