Whats the difference a multi fuel or just wood burning stove?

Whats the difference a multi fuel or just wood burning stove?

Traditionally, wood-burning stoves were intended to burn wood and only wood.However, multi-fuel stoves were created to give you the option of heating your home with either coal or wood.
Now first off, it is really NOT advisable to burn both coal and wood in your stove at the same time as this can and will damage your flue lining. The high amount of sulphuric acid found in coal and the moisture levels in wood will combine to create a nasty, acidic solution that sticks to and erodes your stove system. So multi-fuel stoves bring with them the versatility of being able to choose which fuel you’d rather use at a particular time but only one or the other.

Using just coal?

Firstly, you should always check your owner’s manual for the final word from the manufacturer on what fuels are recommended for use in your stove.
While most multi-fuel stoves are equipped to burn normal house coal, often stove manufacturers will advise against this because of the high amount of soot found in house coal. This high soot content results in your stove system becoming
rapidly clogged up.To avoid this, you can use smokeless coal to reduce the amount of smoke and soot going up your flue, this is also better for the environment and suitable for use in smoke control areas.

How to know which stove is which just by looking at it, physical differences you can see by eye.

The most obvious example is the grate in the multi fuel burner. Coal burns best on a raised grate since it needs an air supply from below to burn effectively. Wood doesn’t need this additional air supply, therefore, wood burners come with a flat grate limiting the air supply to the fuel, resulting in a slower burn.
Using wood on a multi-fuel stove you will find that it burns faster than on a normal wood-burning stove because of this extra air/oxygen around it.If multi-fuel stoves were the most effective method of burning wood, then modern wood- burning stove designs would have become redundant years ago.Multi-fuel stoves exist because they have been designed for the purposes of burning coal.

So what do i want to buy then?

In short what to buy depends on what you are going to burn? If you’re thinking of using wood as your main fuel then it’s best to buy a wood-burning stove.
By buying a multi-fuel stove, you’ve already committed to coal being your main fuel (but keeping the option open to burn wood if need be, albeit at a lower efficiency).
Therefore for the reasons already mentioned above, smokeless coal is your prime candidate fuel for a multi fuel stove.
So you will be considering anthracite, as well as a host of brand name alternatives such as Taybrite and Phurnacite.

Mr T Reid Snr

Mr T Reid Snr

On Wednesday 28th it will have been four years since my father, Mr T Reid Snr passed on, he was only 67 years old and is very sorely missed. I still get regular comments from customers about Tommy or Tammy Reid the sweep (as they used to call him) in the old days. Some tell a wee story that makes me laugh whilst reminding me just how hard he used to work back then and how i can’t believe its been four years already.

My own memories too are still quite vivid; being the sweeps son back in the 70’s brought with it much opportunity for adventure. I being a somewhat precocious child , of course took every chance i got to explore customers gardens , farms , outbuildings , animals and the best part, the views from their rooftops. I remember in the days before we got our first roof ladder, when the job was very much more about climbing skills , judgement and a fair bit of daring…at times it was even acrobatic and at high heights too. No joke, it was a dangerous job and we regularly risked life and limb for just a few pounds each sweep back then [but without any foolishness and we prided ourselves on keeping our skill levels high] and that’s not even considering all the soot that was inhaled and otherwise ingested into our bodies too.

My father was one of the most patient and generous men i ever had the the good fortune to meet and was a great dad who always really went above and beyond for me. He liked his work but him being the very sociable man that he was, liked his customers even more. He had a great relationship and reputation with nearly all his customers, some of them being loyal for decades at a time including familial generations and some are still customers to this very day.

I had a very lucky childhood growing up as the son of the chimney sweep in the 1970’s, of course the days were very different from now back then and after a hard days work he’d often come home with an assortment of gifts from customers farms or whatever businesses and hobbies that they spent their time on. Great times , great memories of a really really great man.