At Guildford Fireplaces, we know our products inside and out. This ensures that our gas fire installers always give the very best advice to customers who come looking for a new fireplace, stove or appliance. One of the most important factors to consider, when buying a multifuel or wood burning stove from our fireplace showrooms, is making sure you choose the right fuel. Not only does this help your stove deliver the optimal performance, but it will also preserve its lifespan.
But, with so many different types of fuel available, homeowners in Guildford often find it tricky to know which one to use to power wood burners and multifuel stoves.
On this page, we take a closer look at some of the most common and best fuels on offer.
Every year, homeowners across the UK purchase around 200,000 wood burning stoves to complement or replace fireplaces. This means that, year upon year, there is a growing interest in sourcing premium-quality kiln dried logs to use as fuel. Slowly drying hardwood logs in an industrial kiln removes excess moisture, resulting in a hardwood log with a moisture content of roughly 20%. This leaves a greater proportion of their mass as burnable carbon, which means they burn hotter for longer than seasoned logs.
Our gas fire installers remind you not to burn kiln dried logs in wood burners or multifuel stoves if you live in a smoke control area. Unless, of course, you have a DEFRA exempt stove.
In addition to marble and stone fireplaces, we have a wide selection of smoke exempt products at our fireplace showrooms in Bagshot and Guildford.
Also known as hard coal, this type of coal has the highest carbon content (92-98%), the highest energy density and the lowest number of impurities of all types of coal. Compared to other common types of fuel, not only is anthracite the hottest burning fuel, but it is also environmentally cleaner than other fossil fuels. The gas fire installers at Guildford Fireplaces recommend anthracite as its low sulphur content means that it produces practically no particulate emissions or smoke.
This makes it an ideal fuel for burning in multifuel stoves, and possibly open fireplaces, particularly in smoke control areas. However, you should not use anthracite in wood burning stoves.
Made by mechanically drying milled peat before pressing it in a factory, under high amounts of pressure, to mould it into a briquette shape. These give off a good amount of heat whilst filling your Guildford home with a pleasant aroma. They are popular for use in multifuel stoves, available at our fireplace showrooms, due to their steady heat output, long burn and low cost.
Instead of using a kiln to dry logs, you can also just leave them out in the open air to dry naturally, sometimes for up to two years in total. This process is also known as seasoning. Splitting wood into logs, shortly after cutting, increases the surface area of exposed wood and stops the bark from trapping the moisture inside, preventing the wood from drying out.
High-quality seasoned logs can rival kiln dried logs in terms of the heat output they can achieve. The experts at our fireplace showrooms therefore recommend them as another great choice for use in open fireplaces, as well as multifuel and wood burning stoves.