Multi fuel stoves are devices that can burn an array of substances other than wood. In addition to logs, a multi fuel stove can burn smokeless fuels, anthracite, and peat or turf briquettes. The design of these stoves is optimized to accept a greater number of kinds of fuel and to burn them as productively as possible. Multi fuel devices have a raised grate with moving bars or a central riddling grate and asphan.
Both of these options permit the burning fuel to be de-ashed to maintain effective combustion conditions. Ash is then contained in an asphan below in order to facilitate safe elimination.
The difference between wood burning and multi fuel stoves
If you are involved in the process of selecting a new stove, you would do well to have a proper comprehension of the differences between wood burning and multi fuel devices.
While you are at it, you will observe that several solid fuel stoves (including Stovax models) are designed to be either dedicated wood burning stoves or multi fuel stoves. While there is a certain amount of overlap between the two classes, it is advantageous to be appreciative of the difference before you go on to conclude as to which would best be in tune with your needs.
A wood burning stove is often designed with a fixed grate, but with a flat base: as the wood burns, the ashes are collected and when the fire needs more fuel, fresh logs are placed on top. The effect is supposed to be immensely positive for wood burning as logs combust more effectively and evenly when resting on a bed of ashes, making for maximum efficiency and heat output from your wood burning stove.
When coupled with Cleanburn technology – from which most Stovax stoves draw advantage, the effect is amplified further. The introduction of air into the firebox of the stove to combust gases and hydrocarbon particles ensures that your fuel is utilized as effectively as possible, that translates into greater value for money and wonderful flames to marvel at.
A word on environmental benefits of wood burning… It is regarded as a nearly carbon neutral form of energy as it is said that during its growth, a tree will absorb roughly the amount of carbon dioxide emitted when it is burned on a wood burning stove or fire.
The heat output of a multi-fuel appliance will be similar, if not identical to that of a wood burning stove – and both kinds are highly efficient.
Why should you go for multi fuel over wood burning? The primary benefit is that of convenience: a multi fuel stove can burn a range of approved fuels like these 6mm wood pellets for example, you will be able to select from a greater number of suppliers and hence zero in on the nearest. This will help to lessen not only the amount you spend on fuel but also the time and money you will need to transport it to your home.
Multi fuel stove for camping
Multi fuel stoves can be small, lightweight burners that are designed for camping or backpacking. They burn a range of liquid fuels, for instance, the unleaded petrol or gasoline you put in your car, the clean white gas you buy from camping stores and old fashioned kerosene (also known as “jet fuel”). In fact, some of them can also use butane or propane canisters (also known as “camping gas”).
Multi fuel heater
The Dyna-Glo Delux portable multi-fuel forced air heater provides immediate relief from cold weather working conditions, heating up to 1,750 sq feet. It is well-suited to residential, industrial and commercial applications. This multi fuel forced air heater operates on 1-k kerosene, no. 1 diesel and no. 1 fuel oil.
Multi fuel furnace
Getting a new heater to warm up your residence means you have to arrive at a decision on which fuel source to use. Well, you can always choose two with a multi fuel furnace. For some modern homes, central heating units run via natural gas fitted by traditional plumbers are the most popular, but these can be expensive, especially in colder climates where you may need to run heat for hours or days in a row.
That’s why some people switch to furnace-powered heat (a wet system log burner), as it only requires the purchase of wood or coal fuels rather than excessive amounts of gas usage. Typically, when compared to standard heating options, multi fuel furnaces, that are also known as wood-coal furnaces, can go on to save you hundreds a pounds a year on your heating bills.