Multi-Fuel Stoves and Wood Burning Stoves
What Is the Difference Between Them?
At Howards (Tarleton), we install many different makes and models of appliances throughout the year. Customer often say they have bought a “Wood Burner” and would like us to install it. Often is the case, they have in fact purchased a Multi-Fuel Stove. Here we will try and explain the difference.
A Multi Fuel Stove is designed to burn any number of different recommended fuel types, just as efficiently as burning wood.
The best way to identify a multi fuel stove is to check if the appliance has a grate/riddling grate and an ashpan fitted. The riddling grate is a device that moves and allows ash to be deposited into the ashpan beneath it. Theses types of stoves require primary air, secondary air and in many cases tertiary air and will also require regular de-ashing.
Primary Air = The air that comes in through the ashpan and beneath the grate, usually through a control on the bottom of the door when you first light the appliance, and allows the stove to get up to an operating temperature.
Secondary Air = Pre heated air that enters the fire chamber usually from around the top of the door. This air can also be known as the Airwash on many models. This forms a curtain of pre heated air that flushes down over the glass and helps keep it clear of sooty deposits. Most wood burning stoves only require secondary and tertiary air after initial start-up.
Tertiary Air = Pre-heated air that is normally introduced through pre-set air holes in the rear of the stove. This enables any unburnt primary/secondary air gases to be re-ignited making for a cleaner and more efficient burn.
A Wood Burning Stove designed only to burn wood, will not usually have a grate/riddling grate or ashpan fitted, but will instead have just a flat base on which the logs sit directly. This flat base will allow for a bed of ash to develop upon which the logs can be burnt, therefore regular de-ashing is not required.
A wood only stove can be a good, cleaner option, providing the logs burnt are well seasoned and have a moisture content of less than 20%. It is however worth noting, that some wood burning stoves can be converted to multi-fuel appliances by purchasing kits from the manufacturers.
At Howards (Tarleton), we are in quite a unique position as we don’t have a showroom or premises and don’t sell stoves, so are able to fit appliances that customers have purchased direct from shops, manufacturers or the internet.
Many fitters will only install appliances that they have supplied.
Modern appliances are now far more efficient and from 2022 all models will have to be Ecodesign compliant.(Please note, not all Ecodesign compliant stoves are listed in the link, so always check with the manufacturers). Further information can be found at SIA Ecodesign Ready
The above pictures show a small selection of stoves we have fitted recently
At Howards (Tarleton), we are happy to discuss your requirements ahead of you purchasing a new stove, helping you make an informed decision.
Being a HETAS registered installer, you can be assured that all our work is carried out in accordance with Building Regulations
Thinks to be aware of when choosing a new appliance include:
- Is the fireplace surround/chimney suitable for a stove?
- Do you live in a Smoke Control Area ?
- Is the property listed or in a conservation area?
- Do you want a traditional or contemporary looking stove?
- What heat output (Kw’s) will be required for the size of room?
- What is the age of the property and is it well insulated?
- Is there sufficient space for recommended fuel storage?
- Will a permanent air vent need to be fitted in the room?
Over the years, we have assisted hundreds of customers make informed decisions when deciding on a new stove for their home, even in cases where we knew someone else was going to carry out the installation work.
We are passionate about what we do and to us, safety is ALWAYS paramount!!
We carry stove accessories on the vehicle such as Moisture Meter and Stove Pipe Thermometer and can also supply stove fans and carbon monoxide detectors, and of course will gladly give free advice where needed.
Howard’s (Tarleton) carry full liability insurance and in addition to being Master Chimney Sweep members of the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps, we are also HETAS registered and Gas Safe registered, as well as being Ladder and Roof Safety qualified.
We have been doing what we do for almost 60 years.
Furthermore, we have strict procedures in place for carrying out all chimney related work to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the process. All this for your added peace of mind and safety.
To discuss your stove installation requirements or anything to do with your chimney, please do not hesitate to get in touch.