A wood burning stove is a sound investment for your home; if used to replace an older style open fire it has the potential to reduce your house’s carbon footprint by at least 14% and will really make the most of wood’s environmentally neutral and renewable energy. Making the decision to replace an existing inefficient appliance or to install a stove from scratch into your living space can feel daunting but there are plenty of options to choose from.
Wood burning stoves are available in many different shapes, styles and sizes.
The difference between wood burning stoves and multi-fuel stoves
Wood burns best on a bed of ash with its combustion air coming from above, so wood burning only versions of stoves have a flat fuel bed and no ashpan.
Multi-fuel stoves usually have a riddling grate for the effective combustion of solid mineral fuels but also have Airwash so they can effectively burn wood as well. The riddling grate allows the ash and cinders from smokeless fuels, anthracite or peat/turf briquettes to be riddled into an ashpan, maintaining the primary airflow through the fuel bed and, hence, creating the optimum conditions for efficient combustion of those particular fuels.