We are (hopefully) moving soon to a house with a wood burner. Actually it is called a multi fuel stove in the EA particulars. Does anyone know what you can actually use in this then? Presumably wood and coal. Any tips about these things? We have absolutely no experience of them.
I think you can burn coal and wood in that. Wood needs to be untreated and seasoned, and hardwood burns most cleanly. Get a sweep round to sweep your chimney before you use the stove. Did the owners get it installed by someone hetas qualified (if so they'll have a certificate to prove it)? If not, get it checked over before use. Keep a carbon monoxide monitor in the room where the stove it. And enjoy - i love my wood burner.
I agree with all that, especially the chimney sweep bit. they can tell you if its safe, ours wasn't safe for years, we were lucky, but our house insurance would have been invalid if anything bad happened. get it hetas approved.
Go to a good local stove shop and chat to them. You need to source good quality seasoned hardwood or smokeless coal that is suitable for a multifual. Prices vary considerably region to region. Ask the EA if there is a HETAS cert or ring local council to ensure it is registered with Building Control. If not you need to get it properly checked out with a HETAS engineer. A blocked or leaking flue can KILL. AS said above make sure you get a sweep and CO2 detector before using.
Thanks everyone. I've emailed the EA to ask about the HETAS thing and also about when the chimney was last swept / if there's proof about this. I remember when we bought this house there was an invoice for the last sweep here.