More people than ever are facing fuel bills they simply can't afford to pay. In addition, the Earth's resources are rapidly being depleted. Eco-aware folks, however, are doing their part of save money on fuel and save fossil resources by turning to multifuel stoves. To be considered a multi-fuel stove, the stove must not use a fossil fuel or wood to produce heat. Any other fuel source fits into the definition of multifuel or alternative fuel stoves. The fuel source may be pellets, corn, bio-diesel, or another of the emerging alternative energy sources. This type of stove can be used for home heating, cooking, or even to generate the hot water needed in a home. Here are some tips for reducing your traditional fuel bill and maximizing the effectiveness of multifuel stoves:
- Find and purchase the most efficient multifuel stove possible. Different stoves, even if made by the same manufacturer and using the same type of fuel, can have different efficiency ratings. This rating explains to you how effectively the fuel is burned compared to how little exhaust gases and ash goes up the vent or chimney. The more fuel is turn into heat, the less fuel you will need to purchase.
- Use the multifuel stove for as many purposes as possible. It is easy to understand the idea that a multifuel stove is great for heating and that utility bills will be significantly cut simply by utilizing the stove in that way. But what about cooking meals on the stove top? The less you put your gas or electric range to use, the more money you save in expensive traditional fuels. Many stoves are even set up so that they can bake foods, cutting down or out the use of a traditional oven. While piping the stove for hot water heating may cost a bit, it pays off in the long run in savings.
- Maintain Your Alternative Fuel Stove Well. A multifuel stove creates deposits in the stove pipe and/or chimney just like wood-burning fireplaces but they do so at a slower pace because of the efficiency in fuel burning. However, at least once per year, twice if the stove is used a great deal, have a professional clean your stove pipe and chimney and inspect them to ensure safe operation of your eco-friendly stove.
- Compare Fuel Costs Before You Buy. The costs of alternative fuels may differ widely from area to area. You may live in an area where corn is grown and find this fuel is cheap in your area. In another area, pellets might be the best buy. Choose your stove based on the lowest cost of fuel to burn to save even more money.
- Use Blowers and Ceiling Fans to Circulate Air. If you are heating a large area, you may find that the spot by the stove is toasty but the far corner of the room is chilly. Invest in a blower option for your multifuel stove so that air circulates better and operate your ceiling fans to move the air around the living area.
Courtesy: Danny Ashton - multifuelstoves.org