Charitable work

Playing an active role in our local community is vital to us. As part of our charitable work, we contribute time and resources to a variety of local charities. We also offer honorary membership to local NHS and Blood Bike staff. Scroll down to learn more.

Charitable Work: Supporting Local Foodbanks

Our members have donated over £30,000 to local foodbanks since 2017.

Becoming a member has multiple benefits for customers in Dumfries & Galloway. As well as a discount on briquettes, you support a local charity. 100% of your donation goes to charity.

Members give a one-off £50 donation, which goes in its entirety to the Foodbank, in exchange for lifeltime discounts on their wood fuel. This scheme is only open to residents of Dumfries & Galloway, who are able to use our walk-in shop.

The foodbanks we support include the Dumfriesshire Foodbank, with whom we partnered with from 2017-2021, and the First Base Agency, who we have partnered with since March 2021.

To date, we have sent over £10,000 to First Base, and £20,000 to the Dumfriesshire Foodbank.

Visit us in store to sign up.

The First Base Agency is an independent charity and provides support to families. Many are affected by drugs and alcohol; women at risk of violence; ex service personnel and foreign nationals facing poverty and deprivation.

First Base distribute over 4000 food parcels annually and provide an education service for local schools. Their work helps to improve the lives of families and individuals across the region.

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Dumfriesshire Foodbank provides nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. They are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks and so are Supported by The Trussell Trust. Working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

Between January 2017 and February 2021, our members donated over £20,000 to the Dumfriesshire Foodbank by joining our membership scheme.

Visit us in our Dumfries store and become a member.

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Charitable Work: Borders Forest Trust

From 2020-22, we ran our Plant A Tree scheme. We did this in partnership with Borders Forest Trust, who plant areas of native woodland in the Scottish Borders.

2000 trees were planted at Talla & Gameshope in Southern Scotland and have the sole purpose of habitat creation. These trees will never be felled so will be left to complete their natural life cycle.

Click here to Find out more about the Borders Forest Trust.

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Charitable Work: Winter Warmth for Older People Project

The Winter Warmth for Older People Project is run by The Hub. They are a local community action centre in Dumfries.

The project delivers free firewood to older people on low incomes in Dumfries & Galloway each winter so that they can keep warm.

Since 2019 we have helped extensively with the scheme, both by donating stock and in more recent years by providing stock at cost price and donating our time, staff and vehicles to deliver the fuel right across Dumfries & Galloway.

Find out more

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Dumfries & Galloway Blood Bikes

Dumfries & Galloway Blood Bikes is a charitable organisation set up by local volunteers. They deliver essential blood and urgent medical supplies between hospitals and healthcare sites in South West Scotland and sometimes beyond. They work all hours and so are always ready to respond.

We offer Blood Bike volunteers free honorary membership of the Wood fuel Co-operative as a recognition of the important work they do for our local community. Claim your free membership by bringing your Blood Bike ID to our office and we’ll get you signed up.

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NHS Dumfries & Galloway

All Dumfries and Galloway NHS staff are eligible for free honorary membership of the Wood Fuel Co-operative. This is as a thank you because their amazing staff looked after Rowland when he was very ill in 2015. Visit us in store with your NHS ID to sign up.

Are you a member of D&G NHS staff? Claim your free membership by bringing your NHS ID to our office. This offer also applies to NHS staff who live in Dumfries & Galloway and work for neighbouring NHS Trusts. Visit us in store and sign up.

Discounts for Health Service Staff Dumfries

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Quick guide to choosing the best Wood Fuel for your stove and lifestyle.

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*Break - We strongly recommend you break these briquettes in half (or less for very small stoves) because they do expand whilst burning and you don't want them to overfill the fire.
*Easy to light - We always use a Firelighter and Kindling Sticks to start our fires. Most briquettes are graded four stars to light because they are quite dense and require kindling.


  • All stove and flue combinations tend to have different burning characteristics. Fuel that works well in my stove may not work so well in your stove, and vice-versa.
  • Most modern stoves are more efficient than most older stoves, meaning a modern quality stove will burn fuel more economically and generate more heat over a longer period.
  • Always try to burn fuel with a 'lick of flame'. Smouldering fuel to try to extend burn time is bad for your stove, flue and the environment due to unburned particulate matter in the smoke.
  • Be prepared to break briquettes into smaller sections to fit into your stove comfortably. Many briquettes do expand whilst burning and you don't want them to expand onto the glass.
  • The chart above indicates which briquettes are easy to break. Some are small enough so they don't need breaking. This makes for a cleaner environment around your stove.
  • All briquettes, except Everyday Value and Hotmax, benefit hugely from using kindling to light them. I suggest five kindling sticks will be sufficient, meaning a net should last 30 days.