Multi Fuel Vs Wood Burning Stove

stove sceneThe residential sector went through dramatic changes in the last few decades when it comes to heating. In the mid-20th century, wood burning stoves gradually disappeared from the British homes. They gave way to more convenient and cheaper fuel oil and electricity powered heating systems. By the end of the century, however, things started to change again. Evidence of the devastating effect of fossil fuel burning on the climate and the continuously rising prices of fossil fuels forced most home owners to return to the traditional heating systems. The main issue many face, however, is whether to choose a multi fuel or wood burning stove.

Both options, multi fuel and wood burning stoves have their advantages and disadvantages. Wood burning stoves are a lot cleaner and much more environmentally friendly because firewood is carbon neutral which means that it does not raise the levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. At the same time, firewood is sustainable in contrary to coal for instance which will sooner or later run out. It is, however, a lot easier to maintain heat if you add a certain amount of coal or other solid fuel to the logs and keep the fire burning longer during the cold winter nights. But coal is just as harmful for the environment as fuel oil. In addition, it is messy and smelly. As a result, you are not allowed to burn coal in Smoke Control Areas with the exception of approved smokeless coal which is by the way considerably more expensive than wood logs.

If you live in a Smoke Control Area, you are theoretically also prohibited from burning wood logs. But if you have a DEFRA approved wood burning stove, you are not breaking any laws although it is highly important to choose fully seasoned logs because you must not produce too much smoke even if you have an approved stove. This, however, is also in your interest because fully seasoned logs have up to 50 percent more heat output, enabling you to keep your home pleasantly warm at a lower cost than by burning unseasoned logs.

Lastly, the choice of trendy multi fuel burning stoves tends to be limited because most of the leading brands are specialised exclusively in wood burning stoves. Although the main purpose of a stove is to keep you warm, its aesthetic appeal is not unimportant either. After all, a good looking stove can enhance the overall beauty and décor of your home. An unattractive one, on the other hand, can ruin its appeal and sometimes also the atmosphere.


Whether to choose a multi fuel or wood burning stove is of course up to each family to decide. But considering that the choice of trendy wood burning stoves is a lot better and that the prices of mineral fuels are projected to continue to rise, wood burning stoves seem a better idea. You can burn pure wood in multi fuel stoves as well but since they are designed to be used for burning multiple fuels, they are not as efficient as those that are designed to burn logs alone.