These appliances are designed to fit into the chimney breast. The inset stove has a convection box which has its own air gap it, so requires much less space than a free standing stove.
Most free standing stoves require free air space around it to allow the radiant heat to disperse into the room. They can be great for smaller width chimney breasts.Read more...
The inset stove will also have glass doors, baffle, and firebrick lining just as the free standing types. The benefit of an inset is that as the convection box has its own air gap it, so requires much less space than a free standing stove. Most free standing stoves require 6″ either side 2″ behind & 6″ above to allow good air circulation to allow the radiant heat to disperse into the room. But if you don’t have the space in some smaller chimney breasts you will have to put up with a tiny stove and start cutting those logs really small to get in.
When choosing between a Multi fuel & a Wood burner consider your choice of fuel as smokeless fuels are manufactured of consistent quality and are available all year round. Whereas good seasoned dry quality wood in some areas can be very seasonal – if you may run out of seasoned, dry hardwood before the end of the heating season, a multi fuel stove gives you the opportunity of burning a combination. You can only burn wood in a wood burner.