On 10th October 2015 there was an excellent article, written by Miles Brignall, in The Guardian. It featured the Wood Fuel Coop quite prominently and contained highly relevant information about the advantages of burning briquettes over logs.
There are many different types: some are used to get up the heat initially while others will simmer away for hours, putting out a steady stream of heat.
Because the moisture content is so low (10% or less) compared with most logs, stove manufacturers recommend briquettes for keeping your stove in good working order and avoiding chimney fires caused by tar build up.
Anyone who has visited our depot in Dumfries will know that it is packed with different types of briquettes and that we pride ourselves in constantly striving to find the best performing, best value fuels that don’t, literally, cost the earth. We try to match your heating needs with the best fuel for the purpose.
The effect of the Guardian article has been instant, astonishing and very encouraging. The team has been working flat out to fulfil all the extra orders that have come in…phew!
Rowland Parke, director of the Dumfries-based Wood Fuel Co-operative, says people in the UK are finally starting to wake up to the benefits of briquettes. “We are selling more and more of them, particularly in the past year or so. Once people try them they soon stop buying logs locally. They are cleaner and easier to store, and take up around half the space of a log pile. Until you have tried one you won’t believe how much heat they can deliver,” he says.
The Guardian article can be found here: http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/oct/10/briquettes-clean-fuel-fireplace-wood-burning-stove#comment-61285015