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Multi fuel stove or wood burning stove?

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noyouhavehadawee Sat 13-Apr-13 17:57:07

enlighten me with pros and cons, we live in a smoke free zone so not planning on chucking on coal if we get one.... i need a bit convincing tbh.

Talkinpeace Sat 13-Apr-13 20:54:14

this is our stove
we only burn wood but the option is nice and cost no more

noyouhavehadawee Sun 14-Apr-13 10:39:38

that looks like the size of what we have been looking at. i think we will prob oly burn wood - i have read it would be more efficient if we got one for that purpose alone rather than multi but surely if the difference is only a grid we would just remove the grid?

PigletJohn Sun 14-Apr-13 10:48:49

Get a multifuel and keep a few bags of smokeless fuel handy.

noyouhavehadawee Sun 14-Apr-13 14:44:00

is smokeless fuel cheaper than wood ?

Talkinpeace Sun 14-Apr-13 14:47:11

I get all my wood for free so - no!

lifeishunkydory Sun 14-Apr-13 14:51:38

I think if you are in a smoke free aone you need a multi fuel to get it passed by building regs, as wood is not classed as a smoke free product. However if building regs are not involved (can't quite remember the logistics of it as we had our put in whilst doing building work so they were involved in ours), you may get away without them knowing it is "only" a wood burner.

noyouhavehadawee Sun 14-Apr-13 16:33:39

We are in a smoke free zone but were looking at the non exempt ones or i might be talking rubbish. Anyone not have a chimney like us and have a big git silver or black pipe running up the side of there house - im concerned how hiddeous that will look.

noyouhavehadawee Mon 15-Apr-13 12:33:24

actually just spoke to council and it appears we are not in a smoke control area grin

JonesH Tue 23-Apr-13 10:19:56

This is our stove.. this is a wood burning stove, but great because burns less fuel.

SquinkiesRule Tue 23-Apr-13 19:03:42

Ours is multi fuel but we've only ever used wood.
I would be handy having a multi fuel one if you ever find a place that sells and delivers the smokeless fuel at a good price, you could stock up over summer and store it in the garage.

sandycloud Tue 23-Apr-13 19:09:24

We have just moved and left behind our stove. We found it useful to burn coal too as struggled to find dry wood by the end of winter. Apparently demand for wood is on the increase so I would keep your options open. Don't think it costs more?

PigletJohn Tue 23-Apr-13 19:22:06

I thought that multifuels were generally clean-burning "smoke eaters" but plain woodburners are usually cheap and simpler, so I thought more smoky.

Is that still true? I haven't had one recently. Mine was a scandinavian multifuel one with a name like smorgasbord, or morso, where the "O" has a diagonal line through it.

BlueberryHill Thu 25-Apr-13 10:04:59

I have a multi fuel, liked the option of being able to burn fuel and wood, I find the fire lasts longer with smokeless fuel on it as well as wood, otherwise we literally burn through the wood really quickly. It is a Charnwood, it is a clean burner as we are in a smoke free area. We have a half lorry load of kiln dried wood delivered at the start of the winter, we went through that plus the remains of the previous year this winter. We had the fire on most nights.

MinimalistMommi Thu 25-Apr-13 12:20:10

blue how big was the lorry, that sounds a lot shock
Can you remember how much that cost you approximately?

BlueberryHill Thu 25-Apr-13 12:28:24

It was a small pick up truck size, it was a lot of wood though. We stored it in the shed and all piled up it was about 3 ft high and 8 ft long. We already had some from the previous year. It cost about £75 but it was kiln dried so easier to burn and in the long run cheaper and easier as it was always there.

MinimalistMommi Thu 25-Apr-13 12:29:43

Thanks for the information, I need to fit a wood store into my tiny courtyard, I hope it will fit against out wall........seems like a great price blue

mrsmandm Thu 25-Apr-13 19:49:25

Dad used to fit them and advised us to get a multifuel. Was tempted to ignore him but glad we didn't when we had a load of wet wood delivered in middle of winter - there are a lot of people promising kiln dried but not delivering on it

BlueberryHill Thu 25-Apr-13 19:55:44

Minimalist, we're pretty rural and I think that makes a difference, small local suppliers.

PigletJohn Thu 25-Apr-13 20:12:55

I haven't had a woodburner but I certainly appreciated the multifuel. Solid fuel burns hotter, lasts longer and contains more heat than the same amount of wood, so its useful to keep some even if as a standby.

MinimalistMommi Fri 26-Apr-13 09:45:27

I'm getting the Clearview Pinoneer 400, which I discovered the other day is multifuel and I have to make sure I have the correct flue fitted suitable for burning multifuel, which I think will be slightly more expensive but it will be worth it. Even though I will be burning mostly wood, it will be reassuring to have a back up.

MinimalistMommi Fri 26-Apr-13 09:46:13

Blue there's a lot of countryside around here so I'm hoping to get a good deal like you have!

Has anyone tried eBay for wood?!

BlueberryHill Sat 27-Apr-13 11:03:22

I combine the fuel, cosiness of wood, whilst the smokeless fuel keeps the fire in hotter and longer.

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