So should you purchase a wood or a multi fuel stove?

This can be very much a personal choice, here at the Fire Place Chesham we offer a carefully selected range of quality Wood Burners and Multifuel stoves. Many people buy multifuel stoves and then burn exclusively wood. If you're unsure then pop in to see us or give us a call we are always happy to talk about stoves

Wood burning stove:

A stove designed to burn wood only, This is a most environmentally sound option as wood is a renewable source of energy. but you are limited to to wood as a fuel source

Multifuel Stove:

Many manufacturers make both wood and multifuel options for many of their stove models. This may seem an like attractive option but the addition of the grate required to burn solid fuels will reduce the size of the fire box and therefore the wood load that can be burnt. Multifuel stoves are also generally slightly more expensive than their wood burning equivalent.

Smoke Exempt Stoves

If you live in a large town or city it is almost certain that it will be a "smoke control zone" and the types of fuel you can burn are very restricted, the burning of wood is generally not allowed. However many manufacturers make stoves that meet strict emission standards that allow the burning of clean dry wood in these areas. these stoves are identified as smoke exempt or DEFRA approved. You can find out if you live in a smoke control zone by contacting your local authority

Gas Stoves

Gas offers the ultimate convenience with a simple on off switch and often a remote control to adjust heat output

Fully installed or DIY

It is possible to install a wood burning stove yourself and we are happy to supply the stove and a complete installation kit for a DIY installation. DIY installs must be notified to the local authority building control who will approve the installation when complete, they will charge for this service


The most important consideration when purchasing a stove is the required output to heat the room it will be placed within. As a very rough guide, measure the room and multiply width x depth x height (in metres), and then divide this by 14. This will provide the average heating requirements for the room in kilowatts. e.g. For a room measuring 4.9m x 4.9m x 2.4m, multiply these together and then divide by 14. This makes a 4.1kW output.