How to choose the right wood burning or multi fuel stove for you

How to choose the right wood burning or multi fuel stove for you

What type of wood burning or multi fuel stove is right for you?

We would always recommend taking advice from your local Stovax retailer before selecting your stove. However, the key factors to you will need to take into consideration are:

1. The Style or aesthetics you desire, simple select Traditional, Contemporary or Modern Traditional on the Product finder.

2. Heat output appropriate for the room/space you want to heat
To achieve a relaxing room temperature of around 21ºC when the external air temperature is at freezing (0ºC) you will need approximately 1kW of heat output for every 14 cubic meters of space.

Riva Plus Large

Riva Plus Large

Measure the length, width and height of your room and multiply the three figures together.

For example, a room measuring 7m long by 4m wide and with a height of 2.5m is 70 cu. m. of space. Divide by the sum by 14 and this means you will require a 5kW stove.

However, factors such as the number of outside walls, the size of windows and whether they are double glazed, the age of the home etc, can all influence the heat requirement.

We would always recommend you consult your local Stovax retailer for expert advice before making your decision.

3. Fuel type – wood burning only or multi-fuel
Logs burns best on a flat bed of ash, with air for combustion coming from above. Coal and smokeless fuels burn best on a grate, with air entering from beneath the fire and cinders dropping into an ashpan below. Wood burning models, therefore, have flat fuel beds whilst multi-fuel models incorporate grates, but the latter are also designed to allow you to develop a bed of ash upon which to burn logs should you wish.

4. Do you wish the stove to heat water as well as the room?

5. Are cleanburn, airwash and efficiency important to you?

6. Do you wish to burn wood on a Smoke Control Area?
If you live in a town or city, the chances are that you live in a Smoke Control Area.

Riva Vision Medium

Riva Vision Medium

To meet the smoke emission standards for these areas, you will need to burn smokeless fuels only on a multi-fuel stove or fire, or you can burn logs on a wood burning or multi-fuel stove or fire that has been approved by DEFRA as sufficiently cleanburning to be exempt from the regulations.

Numerous models in the Stovax range are approved to burn logs in Smoke Control Areas and these are detailed on the product pages of this website.
To check whether you live in a Smoke Control Area visit

Get further information and details of Stovax products suitable for use in Smoke Control areas.

The answers to these questions will narrow down your selection and help guide you to the ideal stove for you. Please use the Product Finder on this website to help you with this refining process.

6 responses to “How to choose the right wood burning or multi fuel stove for you”

  1. Steve Harris says:

    Advise on a multifuel stove for our cottage, room measures 12ft x 15ft x 7ft

    • Camille says:

      Hi Steve, We recommend that you locate your nearest Stovax retailer who will be able to discuss your individual requirements both technical and design. They will ensure that you select the most appropriate product for your home.

  2. Margaret says:

    Hi there
    My parents are looking to renew their existing Parkray GT111 stove.
    Can you confirm whether you can buy stoves specifically for smokeless fuel and not wood burning? Will these come with the grate you mention and do the grates last?

  3. Miss Lynne Bennett says:

    Can you pls tell me if I could burn coal one day and then wood the next on a multi fuel burner

    • Chris Connick says:

      Hi Lynne, thanks for your message. Yes multi-fuel models are designed to offer flexibility, so you can burn smokeless fuels one day and then logs the next.
      Best wishes, Chris

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Posted by on April 9, 2010