Supporting Foodbanks in Dumfries

Our members have helped us by supporting foodbanks in Dumfries and Galloway. Between 2016 and 2021, our members donated £20,000 to the Trussel Trust Dumfriesshire Foodbank.

From March 2021, we have partnered with the First Base Agency, an independent Foodbank in Dumfries. This has helped us to reach a wide range of vulnerable people. We wish that foodbanks were not necessary, but sadly some people have no choice so we’re doing what we can to help.

Read more about our other charitable work here.

Supporting Foodbanks: About the First Base Agency

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The First Base Agency is a small independent charity based in Dumfries. They issue emergency food parcels throughout Dumfries & Galloway and run support projects. They help families, veterans, and women who are at risk of violence.

How our members are helping

In the winter of 2016-17 we donated 1,000 ‘Cosy Night In’ boxes for the Dumfriesshire Foodbank to sell. These were sold from our shop and the forecourt of our local Tesco petrol station (who kindly donated prime retail space). All proceeds went directly to the Dumfriesshire Foodbank.

We offer an option where local customers can join the Wood Fuel Co-operative by donating £50 to the Foodbank in return for lifetime membership. Since January 2017, our members have donated over £20,000 to the Dumfriesshire Foodbank under this scheme. From March 2021 our donations will go to the First Base Agency.

Our donations are made through the First Base Agency’s JustGiving page.

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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.