The Wood Fuel Co-operative was started in 2011, bringing together a group of like-minded people to combine resources for an economical supply of dry firewood. Our objective is simple: to supply premium quality wood fuel at the most economic prices.
From our national distribution hubs in Dumfries, Warrington and Oxford, our online shop now supplies wood briquettes to customers across the whole of the UK mainland.
Our Dumfries shop continues to serve Dumfries & Galloway, ensuring that everyone can benefit from our great range of wood briquettes, wood pellets, traditional logs and top quality wild bird food.
In 2019, the Wood Fuel Co-operative changed from a Members’ Co-operative to become a Workers’ Co-operative. For customers and members, this doesn’t change anything – instead it gives our hard-working staff a chance to take a share in the running of the business, and of any profits generated.
We stock the widest range of wood briquettes in the UK, concentrating on those fuels that provide the best balance of heat, convenience and value for money. This means we have to test a lot of different briquettes but our hard-working team is up to the challenge!
Meet our Team
Our team are based in Dumfries and are all members of the Workers’ Co-operative. If you phone, order online, or drop in to see us at our Dumfries shop, here are some of the names and faces you’ll come across:
Rowland founded the Wood Fuel-Co-operative in 2011 and is still the driving force behind it. After realising how difficult it is to find both consistently dry firewood, and reliable information about it, he began to test briquettes as an alternative to seasoned logs. The benefits of briquettes quickly became apparent and the idea for the Wood Fuel Co-operative was born.
Rowland’s professional background is in conservation and forestry and his understanding of this industry has helped him source the very best range of briquettes in the UK, while also staying true to his environmental roots. We think of him fondly as our benevolent dictator, but don’t tell him that.
Sue is Rowland’s twin sister and has been part of the Wood Fuel Co-operative from the very early days. Sue runs our office and works with Kat to ensure your online orders are processed quickly and efficiently. Sue is one of the main people you are likely to speak to when you place an order with us, and as such we hold her almost single-handedly responsible for our outstandingly good Trustpilot reviews!
Ashley Parke – Director
MA (Hons) Liberal Arts
Ashley is Rowland’s daughter, and she joined the Co-operative in 2016, after a decade of working in Scottish universities. Ashley is Rowland’s right-hand woman, and works closely with him on sourcing stock, website content, and the general running of the Co-operative. After so many years stuck in offices, she’s more likely to be found in the yard than the office though, and, much like her three terriers, escapes at every opportunity.
Kat joined the Wood Fuel team in 2018 and has quickly become invaluable in the office, working with Sue to process online orders. She liaises with customers and the hauliers, and works hard to keep your orders on track right up to the point they’re loaded onto the lorry for dispatch. She and her very chilled out greyhound, Razzle, bring much-needed sunshine, calm and humour to the office!
Computer Systems Engineer M Eng (Hons)
An invaluable technical whizz, Paul keeps us in line with everything from installing and maintaining computer equipment to compiling complicated spreadsheets and explaining them to us. For light relief, Paul can also be found doing local deliveries and he’s a dab-hand at preparing pallets for dispatch.
Steven is our very own energiser-bunny, who we’ve quickly come to rely on for his good-natured ability to turn his hand to anything. Steven particularly enjoys helping customers on the shop floor, but he’s equally at home doing local deliveries and helping us with general stock and yard maintenance.
Nick joined us in the winter of 2019, to help cover our very busy season and he is an instant fit for our team. Nick does a bit of everything – he builds pallets for dispatch, does local deliveries, and helps customers in the shop.
As much stock as possible comes from the UK. This is to both minimise the carbon footprint of our briquettes and to support UK industry. However, because of the exceptional quality they offer, we also stock some excellent products from Europe and North America. These products come in full containers, to maximise travel efficiency.
We only buy briquettes made responsibly, from sustainably-sourced timber. For more information on the environmental sustainability of briquettes, check out our blog.
We’re also encouraging our suppliers to reduce plastic use and explore alternative packaging. This is a long, slow process but we’re committed to making a difference.
Two of our UK suppliers have moved to cardboard/paper packaging as a direct result of our request to reduce plastics.
As a co-operative, we have a responsibility to the community we work in. For this reason, we work with local charities to support people suffering from fuel poverty as well as with our local foodbank.
We love helping and talking to our customers. In fact, it’s one of the best parts of the job. We’re a small team and we set very high standards for ourselves. We take complaints very seriously and will always follow up if you experience issues. So please do get in touch – we’ll always go the extra mile to help. Call us on 01387 731 210 or email us.