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Wood burning stove or multifuel stove: What are the differences, and which should you go for?

Wood burning stove or multifuel stove: What are the differences, and which should you go for?

Over time, demand for stoves in the UK has skyrocketed. To guide your decision on what kind of stove suits your home and lifestyle, we thought we’d outline some of the key differences between wood burning stoves and multifuel stoves.


Multifuel stoves

Multifuel stoves were originally made for the purposes of cooking and heating in the 1800s, but we’ve come a long way since then. Today, multifuel stoves are highly efficient and allow you to make the most of a variety of solid fuels. Regardless of what fuel you choose to use, our stoves’ complete combustion systems allow you to maximise heat, while minimising emissions and increasing stove performance.

Multifuel stoves offer more flexibility. They are capable of burning a variety of materials, from wood to coal, wood pellets to peat (similar to turf, this is formed by the partial decomposition of vegetable matter which is dried for use as fuel). This means you don’t need to be reliant on the availability of one fuel source.

The clean combustion of our multifuel stoves adds to their life expectancy and decreases fuel usage, making them high performance heating appliances that are built to last. This is made possible by the inclusion of a central riddling grate and ashpan, or raised grate with moving bars, allowing a multifuel stove to burn efficiently for a long period without interference.


Parkray Aspect 5 with multifuel kit on short log plinth


Wood burners

Wood burning stoves offer huge environmental benefits. They burn wood and wood-derived biomass fuel. The amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere when wood is burned is the is the same as that absorbed by the tree during growth, making it a carbon neutral form of energy. Their status as a provider of green heat makes wood burners an extremely popular choice.

Unlike a multifuel stove, a wood burner is usually built with a flat base, allowing for a deep bed of ash to build up. Wood burns best in these conditions.   

At Hunter Stoves Group, we believe there is more to a stove than pure performance, and continually refine our designs to find the perfect balance of lines and curves. Our wood stoves become a working part of your home. We design and build them to be superior heating appliances, and works of art.


Wood-burning Cleanburn Nordstrand 5 Porcelain


Which one to choose?

The deciding factor very often comes down to the cost of the stove. Typically, multifuel stoves are more expensive to purchase than wood burning stoves, due to their ability to burn a larger range of fuel sources. However, the stoves mainly vary in price due to size, model and technology, depending on your desired function and aesthetic.

No matter whether you choose a multifuel or wood burning stove, we are sure that your Hunter stove will become a loyal companion for decades to come.  There’s nothing quite like curling up in front of a real fire on a winter’s evening. The purchase of a stove is certain to build on the ambience, personality and character of your home.


See our full range of stoves on our website.

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