The Best Fuels for Your Stove
When you’re thinking about what fuel to use for your stove, it depends what kind of stove you have. With that in mind, there may be different types of fuel for you to consider. Here at Nexus Stoves, we provide our customers with gas stoves, wood stoves, multi-fuel stoves, pellet stoves, and electric stoves are coming soon.
We stock gas stoves from Bellfires, and this option offers a modern and environmentally friendly way of heating your home. Burning natural gas, it is a clean and energy efficient method.
We stock a variety of wood-burning stoves, and these are capable of burning any wood-derived biomass fuel. This includes sawdust bricks, but generally, you will want to consider whether you are burning hardwood or softwood. Hardwood offers a slower, more sustained output, whilst softwood usually burns at a faster rate. Therefore, hardwoods are better for a long-lasting, but low burn, whilst softwoods won’t last as long but will feel hotter.
The key with multi-fuel stoves is that they are able to use a combination of fuels, making them a popular choice, sitting comfortably between modernity and tradition. At Nexus Stoves, we stock a wide range of different brands. This gives you the option to use a range of different fuels in addition to wood. This includes pellets, kindling, coal, and peat. Below, we’ll go into more detail about the different fuels you can use on these stoves.
Like traditional wood-burning stoves, multi-fuel stoves require the same considerations when it comes to the use of wooden logs. It is also important to keep in mind that the moisture content should be less than 25%, or you will be in danger of producing more smoke and it will not burn as efficiently. In order to achieve the best burn, you should either leave any unseasoned logs to dry out for at least a year, or you can guy seasoned logs, including those that are kiln dried. You can even buy a moisture gauge online to test the moisture levels. At Nexus Stoves, we are happy to supply logs in a sack of 15kg.
Pellets are usually made from recycled wood waste and sawdust, making them more eco-friendly. They should only be burned in multi-fuel stoves, which are specifically designed to be used with pellets. They could be seen as advantageous to wooden logs because they are able to provide heat of between 2-3 days. There are also compressed wood briquettes, which work in a similar way and are more efficient than wooden logs in the energy they produce because of their dryness. We are pleased to keep you stocked up with your pellets here at Nexus Stoves.
Kindling wood helps you build up a fire underneath larger logs to help ignite a good fire. It is smaller and easier to get burning than large logs, and this is because generally the smaller the wood, the drier it can become, and in a shorter amount of time. It is usually formed by splitting the wood, but it’s also what we refer to when we use scraps of wood for outdoor campfires. We’re glad to be suppliers of top quality kindling wood to assist your fire’s flames.
The benefit of using coal is that it is a very energy dense fuel, providing a slow burn, but producing a lot of heat. However, it is becoming less popular than other methods of fuel now because it is the most polluting fuel, and with environmental concerns being a solid priority, it a lot of cases it is best avoided. This is especially true if you live in a smoke restricted area, so you will need to check the requirements if you desire to burn coal in your stove.
It is worth mentioning that you can also burn peat on multi-fuel stoves, a substance formed of partly decomposed vegetable matter, also used for gardening. You can combine different types of fuel for the optimum burn, and peat can play a part in this process. It is often said to be the best method of burning in stoves and can be cheaper too.
If you would like to discover more about our range of stoves and the fuel that keeps them going, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us through our web contact form, or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can call us directly on 01379 671 168, or come to pay us a visit at our showroom in Suffolk. A member of our team will be glad to assist you in any way possible.