At CoalHut.com, our customers often ask us how to get the maximum enjoyment and benefit from their multi-fuel stoves. We have put together these FAQS to answer their top queries which should also help anyone considering in investing in a multi-fuel stove for their own home.
What is a multi-fuel stove?
Multi-fuel stoves have seen a resurgence in popularity over the past few years as people turn to alternative ways of heating their homes. The renewed popularity of stoves also coincides with that of open fires, which as well as being a great way to heat your home provide nostalgic memories for many people.
What is the difference between wood burning & multi-fuel stoves?
Although similar in appearance to a wood-burning stove, a multi-fuel stove differs in its capability to burn not only wood such as kiln-dried hardwood logs but a variety of other fuel. This is due to woodburners having a fixed grate and no ash pan, as wood burns best on a bed of ashes. Multi-fuel stoves on the other hand typically incorporate a raised grate which allows air under the fuel for effective burning of a wider range of fuels. This grate also allows the easy removal of the ash from underneath using a removable ash pan.
What can a multi-fuel stove burn?
As the name may indicate, a multi-fuel stove is designed to accept a greater number of types of fuel, a multi-fuel stove can burn coal, lignite briquettes, or even anthracite nuts very effectively. This makes them a great all-rounder as you are not limited to the one fuel and can try different combinations of fuel to suit your own heating needs.
Below is a selection of Coal Hut products suitable for burning in a multi stove burner.
If you aren’t sure what fuel you can legally burn in your local area you can use the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) website to find out.
What fuel is best for multi-fuel stove?
When it comes to deciding what fuel is best for your multi-fuel stove it all comes down to personal preference and what result you want to achieve. However smokeless fuels such as Homefire smokeless coal and Glolite smokeless fuel offer you the quality and experience of traditional coal whilst being suitable for use in smoke control areas. At Coal Hut we supply a wide range of high-quality fuel with varying heat output, fire life and ash content depending on your needs.
How do you light a fire in a multi-fuel stove?
With practice and patience, you will become more confident and efficient in lighting your multi-fuel stove. To get you started, however, we have listed the basic steps to set you on the path to a roaring stove fire.
1. Open the air controls fully
This will ensure that the fire gets all the air it needs, especially as it begins to burn and grows.
2. Create a firebed
Place a firelighter amongst kindling wood on the grate on top of a small amount of your chosen solid fuel. It is important to create a stable base for the fire to establish.
3. Light the firebed
Once the fire bed has been laid, you can light the firelighters. Wait for the flames to catch the kindling alight and start burning constantly.
4. Leave the door slightly open
This will assist the airflow and flu pull, allowing the fire to light. The door can be closed once the fire had fully established itself.
5. Add larger pieces of solid fuel
Once you are confident that your fire is burning well, you can begin to slowly add in larger pieces of your chosen solid fuel to increase the overall size of the fire and create a stable base.
6. You may now shut the door fully
Add additional pieces of solid fuel as required and control the size of the burn by using the air control vents to limit how much air the firs is getting.
Multi-Fuel Stove FAQS
At CoalHut.com, our customers often ask us how to get the maximum enjoyment and benefit from their multi-fuel stoves. We have put together these FAQS to answer their top queries which should also help anyone considering in investing in a multi-fuel stove for their own home. and size of the burn by using the air control vents to limit how much air the fire is getting.
How do I maintain my Multi Fuel Stove?
In order to keep your multi-fuel stove in good working order, prevent damage and ensure maximum efficiency, some basic maintenance is required.
Here are some quick tips to help you maintain and make the most of your multi-fuel stove.
Remove excessive ash
By removing excess ass from your stove it will prevent it from building up which may cause a potential fire hazard. Ash should never build-up to the point where it is touching the underside of your stove’s grate, therefore it is best to empty your ash pan regularly to avoid this. To make sure that your ash pan continues to catch ash the next time that you light your stove, make sure that you secure it in place each time you empty the pan.
Keep the glass door/window clean
Discolouration may occur to the glass if you leave soot and other residues to build up. In order to prevent this and keep a pristine looking window, wire wool or damp newspaper dipped in ash can be used to clean the glass window. Of course, you can always opt for a product that has been specially designed to use on stoves. Remember to wait until your stove has completely dried before using it again.
Hire a professional to clean your chimney/flue
Always hire a professional to sweep your chimney or flue rather than attempting to do it yourself. This is a job where it pays to seek the help of a professional in order to keep your stove not only safe but working to maximum efficiency. Having it swept at least once a year will go a long way in keeping it in tip-top condition for years to come.
Where can I buy fuel for stoves?
At Coal Hut we have created a dedicated section of our website for multi-fuel stove products, making it easy for you to compare the types of fuel your stove is capable of burning and their individual characteristics such as heat output, fire life and ash content.
Coal Hut stove products are available in 10 bags (1/4 tonne), 20 bags (1/2 tonne) & 40 bags (1 tonne) pallets.
Not only do we provide high-quality stove fuel to our customers, but we also aim to deliver to your kerbside within 5 days!