A multifuel stove is very similar to a wood burner in construction. The main difference between the two is raised grate or grate bars and an ashpan located underneath in a multifuel stove. The raised grate or bars allows a stream of air to circulate underneath the fuel bed allowing complete combustion of the smokeless fuel. Because wood burns best in its own ashes, a wood burner will be an open box lined with firebricks, so a bucket & spade will be required when emptying.
When choosing between a Multi-Fuel Stove and a woodburning stove, consider your choice of fuel as smokeless fuels are manufactured of consistent quality and are available all year round. Where as good seasoned dry quality wood in some areas can be very seasonal – if you may run out of seasoned, dry hardwood before the end of the heating season, a multi-fuel stove gives you the opportunity of burning a combination. You can only burn wood in a wood burner.
Woodburning stove, wood burner, wood stove however you like to call them they are all the same. As the names indicates it solely a stove that burns wood!
These stoves either cast iron or steel bodied and are usually just firebrick lined on the inside so no grate, riddling bars or even ash pan. This is purely because wood burns best in its own ashes (less cleaning out yippee we hear you say!!) directly on the base of the stove. This also frees up space inside the stove enabling you to get a larger log inside compared to the equivalent multi fuel version.
If you want to do your bit for the environment or help reduce your carbon footprint then a wood burner is a good start.
Burning wood is carbon neutral because when burned as the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere is the same as that absorbed by the tree during growth. As we all know it's a renewable resource, especially when taken from cultivated woodland or plantations.
To get the best from your wood burner, we recommend logs should be seasoned for at least 2 years or more in a dry well ventilated place to achieve a moisture content below 20%.
This will give around twice the heat output compared to freshly cut timber and help avoid a build up of tar in your flue. If you can obtain hardwood logs this is better still, as they will have around twice the calorific value of softwoods.