Multi-fuel stove is one of the most efficient and one of the environmentally friendly ways to heat your home.
It is efficient because it reduces your household heating bill and it is environmentally friendly because it reduces your dependence on fossil fuels. Owning a multi-fuel stove means that you can choose from many cheap and environmentally friendly fuels, you are no longer limited only, to gas or electricity.
There are many variances of multi-fuel stoves:
1. Based on the type of fuel
a| Made to burn solid fuels: wood pellets, corn, coal, etc
b| Made to burn gas and oil
2. Based on the type of ventilation
a| Which require a vertical venting configuration
b| Which require a horizontal venting configuration
Installation of a multi-fuel stove
1. Before installation, make sure that multi-fuel stove installation will not impede the free access around the stove and the stovepipes. You should have a minimum safe clearance around the stove. Please check carefully the manufacturer instruction regarding the clearance requirements. Usually, the minimum required is 4-inches behind the stove and at least 6-inches on each side.
2. The chosen place must be somewhere near the chimney flue or an exterior wall. You need to connect the stove with the chimney or to extend out through the exterior wall to vent smoke and ash. Make sure the stove pipes can connect exactly in the flue collar of the chimney. Review the manufacturer instruction, in terms of connecting the stove to the chimney. The stove must also placed on a flat, smooth and non-combustible surface.
3. If your connection is through a sidewall then you need to cut a hole in the wall. The hole should be the size of your stovepipe. Make sure you install the insulation material between pipe and wall in accordance with manufacturer’s instruction.
4. When the stovepipe is outside the wall, you need a “tee” piece, which turns the pipe in vertical position. A tee cap inside of this connector will collect all the debris and ash resulting from combustion.
5. Again, review the manufacturer instruction regarding the necessary minimum for vertical vent and also, the minimum distance from the doors and windows.
6. If you connect your multi-fuel stove to a chimney then you need a chimney adapter.