Multifuel stoves have a grate on which the fuel burns and an air inlet which allows air to enter from below this grate. An ash pan catches the ash as the fuel burns, so that it can be taken away. Most of our customers end up burning a combination of wood and coal. Only Multifuel stoves offer this flexibility.
For information on which types of coal to burn in your multifuel stove, visit our coal burning page
It is always good practice to line a chimney when fitting a stove (as their greater efficiency means colder flue gasses, leading to tar build up in the chimney) but if you are planning to do any amount of woodburning on your multifuel stove, lining and insulating the chimney is a must - see Lining a Chimney.
Coal, (oil & gas too), is made of prehistoric trees and plants, (hence the term fossil fuel), which again are mostly made of carbohydrate. In order to grow, these plants took in carbon dioxide from the air and used the energy to convert it into carbohydrates. Those trees and plants died and were laid down on top of each other and subjected to a lot of pressure. After a long time these plant residues turned into coal.
This coal is a huge store of ancient carbon dioxide. When we burn the coal in a multifuel stove, this carbon dioxide is released again. This raises the overall levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and so contributes to the greenhouse effect.
Read more about coal as a fossil fuel
For more information on the CO2 content of fuels please see our CO2 emissions of fuels graph
Or visit our woodburning stoves for information on wood burning stoves.