We specialise in wood burning stoves and multi fuel stoves and offer a consultation service to which can offer best advice which would be best for your home.
We have at least seven years experience installing these systems and on average we are installing a system once a fortnight, so you can rest assured we will provide you with a fully professional installation.
So what are the benefits of a solid fuel central heating system?
Enjoy the cosy glow and flickering flames that only a real fire can offer and consider all the other advantages that solid fuel heating brings.
- Low running costs – Solid fuel is an efficient and economical method of heating your home and heating your water.
- A healthy option – Solid fuel heating can greatly reduce condensation, eliminating household mould often associated with ‘on/off’ fires. Medical research has also shown that solid fuel heating can reduce the risk of hay fever, asthma and eczema. Homes with solid fuel heating are well ventilated – the use of a chimney will induce ventilation into a home drawing in fresh air and removing the ‘polluted’ air.
- Choice of fuels – From wood to coal, there’s a solid fuel to suit your appliance in all parts of the country.
- Convenient and easy to use – Modern controls keep your home at the desired temperature throughout the day.
- Guaranteed heat – With solid fuel heating you can hold stock, ensuring that your home will be warm even in the most adverse weather conditions. Whatever the weather, you don’t need to worry about supply failures or power cuts, something worth bearing in mind as possible levels of fossil fuels diminish in the future.
Although wood is the typical fuel to burn in a stove, you can burn other fuels – such as coal in a multi-fuel stove.
Multi fuel stoves
Multi-fuel stoves can burn wood, smokeless fuel and coal.
There are differences in the way these fuels burn, and not all multi-fuel stoves are optimised for burning all compatible fuels with equal efficiency.
Coal needs air to reach it from below through a grate. Most multi-fuel stoves have a riddling plate that allows you to remove any ash that’s built up, letting more air through from underneath.
Wood, on the other hand, burns best when sitting on a bed of ash (also called a firebox, which is where the fuel burns), with air circulating from the top.
Because of these differences, a multi-fuel stove may not be optimised for burning both types of fuel. The Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) found that 77% of people that have a multi-fuel stove only burn wood.
If you are planning on only burning wood, then a dedicated wood burner is the best choice. However, if you you may not have a sustainable access to wood and require the option to burn coal from time to time, then a multi-fuel stove is a good option.
Some stoves have a control allowing you to circulate more air from above or below, depending on the type of fuel. This is when our experience will be useful – we can help you make an informed decision on which multi fuel stove to choose.
Also keep in mind that if you are buying a stove to be more eco-friendly, coal isn’t a carbon-neutral fuel like wood. Take a look at our guide to buying a stove to find out what things you need to consider.
Wood burning stoves
Also called wood fuel stoves, wood burning stoves run solely on wood logs, pellets or chips.
There is a lot less manufacturing required to produce logs compared with wood pellets and chips. If you collect already fallen wood yourself – it makes burning this type of wood very eco-friendly.
To get the best results for your log burning fuel, the wood should be left on a dry surface protected from rain. Leave the sides exposed to air and wind, as it will speed up the drying process. Chopping the wood down to size before storing it will also help it to dry quicker. Alternatively, you can buy ready-seasoned wood at a little extra cost.
As an alternative to log burning stoves you could also consider a wood-pellet stove. They use pellets made from wood by-products, such as sawdust, or other organic materials such as corn, which are tightly compacted together.
Many wood pellet stoves have a ‘hopper’, which feeds the pellets into the stove so it needs filling less frequently.
The best choice for your home
Each home and customer has unique requirements and parameters which impact on which type of solid fuel stove to choose.
You are welcome to contact us to draw on our experience of installing multi fuel stoves over many years. We are sure to be able to help you find the best choice of stove for your home.