Watching and feeling the seasons change is a special experience. The dark cold nights and stark leafless trees of winter. Blossoming buds and the new beginnings of spring. The long warm days and sunny skies of summer. At Big K we take great pride in offering quality products all year around. So whether it’s summer BBQs or winter fuel, we have you covered.
In this blog we will be diving into the cold temperatures and overcast skies of winter, specifically focusing on multi-fuel stoves and wood-burning stoves. Jack Frost may be loitering around, hell bent on nipping at your nose, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t stay all warm and cosy indoors.
If you are thinking of buying either a multi-fuel or wood-burning stove, it’s good to know the characteristics and differences between the two. As winter fuel experts Big K is here to help. Let’s break things down and examine these two types of stove, and the advantages both can bring to your property.
What’s the difference between a wood-burning stove and a multi-fuel stove?
Both stoves typically consist of a solid metal enclosed fire chamber, an adjustable air control and pipework connected to a chimney or flue to draw the smoke and gases away. A wood-burning stove, sometimes known as a woodburner, is not suitable for coal and peat fuels, unlike their multi-fuel counterparts.
With woodburners, the logs usually burn on a bed of ash. Stoves with a grate and a removable ash pan, which helps with the burning of coal products, are usually considered to be multi-fuel.
Wood-burning stove or multi-fuel stove? Both are kind to your wallet
Whatever stove you choose, it will be a more economical solution as you will no longer have to deal with the recent rises in the cost of oil, electricity and gas. In addition, the warmth created by a stove can spread to a wider area of your home than an open fire, as not much of the heat escapes straight up the chimney.
These stoves are easy on the eye and warming to the spirits
Whether you end up with a multi-fuel stove or wood-burning stove, both types will form an excellent focal point for a kitchen or living room. This goes beyond simply look and style. The right stove, well positioned, can add value to your home, should you ever wish to sell it. Wood-burning stoves and multi-fuel stoves can provide the traditional, cosy feel of an open fire and you won’t have to worry about any sparks escaping from the fireplace.
A stove is better for the environment
Wood-burning stoves are kind to the environment as they help reduce your household’s carbon footprint. Wood is regarded as a carbon neutral form of fuel; the carbon dioxide created when it is burned has been balanced out by the CO2 the tree has absorbed from the air during its growth.
At Big K, we also supply smokeless coal in 10kg and 20kg packs. No smoke means that the coal is suitable for use in multi-fuel stoves, even in smoke control areas of the UK where there are restrictions on the types of fuel you are permitted to burn. It is a cleaner fuel than wood as it creates less ash.
Multi-fuel stoves offer flexible fuel choices and other uses
With multi-fuel stoves, you have a wider choice of fuels to pick from. These stoves can also double up as a boiler, heating up a tank of water for household use, and they can also be connected to your home’s central heating system.
Whichever type of fuel you need, Big K supplies a whole range of quality winter fuels including many products that are ethically and sustainably producing using UK grown timber. We offer all types of smokeless fuels including 10kg and 20kg smokeless coal briquettes, as well as Instant Light Fire Logs (made from recycled saw dust and wax) which are simple and easy to light – just light the wrapper.
For the hardwood lovers out there we have just the thing – our seasoned hardwood logs. All they need is perhaps a little drying and they are ready for use. We also offer kiln dried hardwood logs that are ready to burn with moisture levels of below 20%. And, you can get free next day delivery on all our products if you spend over £30.
Perhaps it is time to consider a multi-fuel stove or wood-burning stove. We’ve shared the basics with you and we’re always happy to help. You can message us on social media or send us an email if you want to know more about these amazing stoves. If you’ve already got a multi-fuel or wood-burning stove and you’re looking for fuel, visit our product page to learn even more.