Most people who buy a multifuel stove only ever burn wood. My advice is that you go for "wood only". Why? Read on to find out why.
“Wood only” means the stove only burns wood. Multifuel means the stove can burn wood AND coal/smokeless fuel. A multifuel kit can be added (although this will usually reduce the space available for logs). Over 75% of people who choose multi fuel end up burning only wood. Wood-only is the trend (2015-2019) as wood is a renewable resource so better for the environment.
Wood burning stove: is a term often used to cover all appliances that burn wood/smokeless fuel/coal but it means wood only.
The advantage of “wood only” stoves is that there is a little more room for logs, plus the resulting smug feeling of being environmentally friendly ;-). Are you a wood scavenger? This activity can be great fun. Having more room for the logs is a benefit when trying to decide between a wood burning or a multifuel stove.
How much wood can you get hold of is an excellent question to ask yourself? You can purchase wood of course but if not then you have to source it, store and dry it. If there are times when wood is difficult to get hold of maybe being able to add smokeless fuel is a benefit (you can always buy compressed sawdust logs which burn beautifully, better than wood actually because they are so dry).
The advantage of having a stove that can burn different fuels is that you can choose your fuel.
I like wood-only stoves because wood is a renewable resource. Will you choose a wood burning or a multifuel stove?
By Julian Patrick