Since the Clean Air Act was introduced in the UK in 1956, there has been a distinct lack of London smog. It was the burning of coal that was generally at the root of this issue and clean air zones were encouraged by the councils of many towns and cities at this time to combat the serious health hazard. To this day, only smokeless fuels are permitted to be burnt in these zones.
When coal is burnt, it can produce nitrogen oxide (can cause smog and acid rain), carbon dioxide (the main greenhouse gas that causes global warming) and sulphur dioxide (acid rain component) which can all have a negative impact on the air that we breathe. Smokeless fuels produce just carbon dioxide and water vapour.
Multi fuel stoves are flexible
The benefit of using a multi fuel stove is that it’s possible to burn both traditional fuels such as seasoned wood and mined coal, and also peat. Seasoned wood is considered far more environmentally friendly due the fact that it can be sourced from farmed forests.
If you want to burn coal, it’s recommended that you contact your local council offices to understand whether it’s allowed in your area.
Avoid long hours of ‘slumber mode’
One important factor to know is that you must ensure that you don’t keep your multi fuel stove in ‘slumber’ mode for long periods of time. It will then be starved of air and any carbon monoxide that can build from burning smokeless fuels could be dangerous.
If you’re thinking of purchasing a multi fuel stove, remember that these are one of the most popular heating methods currently in use in the UK. They are capable of burning a number of fuels that can lower your electricity and gas bills. These fuels are:
The multi stove has an excellent heat efficiency and will retain heat for far longer than you could expect from a household radiator. This means that you won’t have to use so much fuel to keep this heat.
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