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Coal vs Logs: Which Is Best For My Multi-Fuel Stove?

Coal or logs is a commonly asked question from existing and prospective multi-fuel stove owners. That's why we'll be exploring the benefits of each in the latest blog from D Price and Sons.

Coal vs Logs: Which Is Best For My Multi-Fuel Stove?

Posted on - 05.02.21

Traditionally, people would often get a stove that either exclusively burned wood or exclusively burned coal. However, multi-fuel stoves capable of burning either have been getting more and more popular over the years. This has given rise to the question of which fuel is better. As a supplier of hardwood and softwood logs and premium coal, this is something that we’ve often helped our customers with at D Price and Sons. As a result, we thought that we would share our opinions in our latest blog. 

Whether you’ve got a multi-fuel burner, or you’re in the process of deciding whether to buy a coal or wood stove, this guide should be helpful. 

Which Is Better For a Multi-Fuel Stove?

Before we get started, there are a few important things to note. First of all, only dried wood and smokeless coal should be burned in order to minimise damage to your stove. Also, for the final word on what should be used in your stove, you should refer to the manual that came with it. Aside from this, your fuel choice really depends on personal preference of the benefits that each type brings with it. 

Benefits of Burning Coal

Coal burning tends to be more efficient as its density means that it can burn for much longer, at a higher temperature and in a steadier manner. Coal tends to be much easier to store too, for two reasons. The first is simply that because it burns for longer, less is needed to achieve the same results as wood. The second is that it tends to be much less bulky and difficult to store. If this sounds good to you, why not take a look at our premium coal. Here at D Price and Sons, our coal is chosen specifically to ensure that they have a longer burn. 

Benefits of Burning Hardwood and Softwood Logs

Burning wood comes with a few key benefits. One of the biggest isn’t even anything to do with the actual quality of burning. A lot of people much prefer the aesthetic of a wood fuelled fire, finding it nicer to look at and much cosier. In addition to this, burning wood is a much cleaner option for the environment than burning coal. Buying smokeless coal can help combat this but it still isn’t quite as clean as burning the wood. 

If you do decide to opt for wood, you’ll then have to make a decision between using exclusively softwood logs, exclusively hardwood logs or a combination of both. Each wood brings different benefits with it. For example, softwood logs are much better for getting a fire started, being quicker to burn. However, for that same reason, hardwood logs can mean less visits to feed the fire. We actually recommend using a combination of the two as can be seen in our hardwood vs softwood guide. A final thing to consider with wood is whether you want to buy it kiln dried. Burning moist wood can damage your stove and so if you don’t have the time and space to dry it, buying our kiln dried hardwood or softwood might be a better option. 

Premium Coal, Hardwood Logs and Softwood Logs in Staffordshire and Cheshire

Here at D Price and Sons, we supply premium coal, hardwood logs and softwood logs across Staffordshire and Cheshire. As mentioned above, our premium coal is selected to ensure a lasting burn, and can actually be used in conjunction with our wooden logs. Our logs can be purchased either as they are or kiln dried, depending on whether you have the storage and time to dry them out yourself. We also sell kindling to get your fire up and running as fast as possible. 

If you have any questions about any of our products or services, please contact us. Our coal and wood can be delivered to selected postcodes across the two counties, with specific information on how to qualify for free delivery available on our delivery page. For nearly three decades, we’ve been committed to and proud of becoming the cheapest and best value supplier of both hard and softwood logs, premium kiln dried logs and premium coal. By buying from D Price and Sons, you’re guaranteed quality service, quality products and most importantly, a quality fire. 

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