Multi fuel stove boilers are among the most flexible heating systems you can put in your house. A multi fuel stove burns wood, coke, wood-coal, coal, brickets, peat, or biomass (corn pellets). In the UK, if you install a multi fuel stove boiler and you live in a "smokeless" area, such as a larger urban area, you won't be allowed to burn wood or coal in a multi fuel stove unless it has been specially modified and approved by the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) as suitable for burning wood in a "smokeless" zone.
Multi fuel stove boilers can be used to run central heating systems, and by doing this, owners can save greatly on their heating bills. These stoves have a built-in water tank that sits next to the fire. The water heats up and flows through connecting pipes to your radiators. This is in addition to the radiative heating from the stove itself, which can be considerable.
Multi fuel stove boilers are traditionally free standing. This way, the heat can radiate from the front and two of the sides. While heat will radiate from the back, the stove fitter will position the stove properly in terms of wall clearances. These stoves can be positioned into an existing chimney breast, and in this case, the glass front is visible and the heat gets into the room through the glass. It looks a bit like a flat-screen television.
This type of stove boiler may be made of cast iron or rolled steel. Cast iron is the traditional material freestanding stoves are made of. Each material has its pluses and minuses. Rolled steel stoves will heat up more quickly than cast iron stoves. However, cast iron stoves will hold the heat for longer after the fire goes out. But both are fine, and your choice is mostly a personal decision, based on the particular look you are interested in for your home.
It is very important that you have a properly trained stove fitter install your freestanding multi fuel stove boiler. In the UK, the installer should be certified by the Heating Equipment Testing and Approval Scheme (HETAS). That way you will meet all the current building regulations for insurance purposes. Additionally, be sure you have the flue pipes swept by a chimney sweep regularly.
The benefits of a multi fuel stove boiler are multiple. Not only do they look nice and contribute to the decor of your home, but they can save you significant amounts on your heating bills. Additionally, they play a small part in fighting global warming.
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