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What's the Difference Between a Multi-Fuel Stove and a Wood-Burning Stove?

Before deciding upon whether to burn a multi-fuel or wood-burning stove, you will need to check to see if you are in a smoke controlled area.  You can check this on the local authority website, or by calling your local council.  If you are in a smoke-controlled area, by law you can only legally install a DEFRA approved appliance.  Some stoves come with a DEFRA kit already installed, and some manufacturers can provide a kit that can be post-fitted.  We recommend you seek advice on DEFRA approved appliances from your supplier and installer.





A wood-burning stove must only be used for burning wood, however a multi-fuel stove can burn wood or smokeless fuel and coal.  A wood-burner is generally cheaper  than a multi-fuel stove, so if you have no intention of burning smokeless fuel or coal, a wood-burner may be the best option.


Other considerations include whether your stove is going to be your primary or secondary source of heating.  If it is to be your primary source of heating, particularly if it is to be connected to a central heating/hot water system, a multi-fuel stove may be best. The main reason for this is that in general terms, a multi-fuel stove will provide more heat for a longer period than a comparative wood-burning stove.


The choice of fuel type will have a direct bearing upon which type of stainless steel liner can be used to line the chimney if this is required.


 If you're still uncertain about which stove will work for you, we'd be happy to help! Send us a message on Facebook or call us on 07711441459 for more information.

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