The Heating Revolution…wood blocks rock!

ruf stamped heat blocks stack woodfuel cooperative

A Heating Revolution! The perfect fuel for a woodstove is very dry, gives off plenty of heat, burns for a long time and is very affordable.

We’ve been searching for this holy grail for some time. This week a new consignment arrived that has our Toasty Toes Testers very excited indeed. It’s made up of three products that offer great wood fuel performance for a very low cost.

These fuels are excellent for people who go out for the day and want to keep their stove in. With the woodstove ticking over for 6 – 8 hours, you come home to a pleasantly warm, dry house. At a fraction of the cost of oil, gas or electric heating. Even if it does go out before you get home, the residual warmth will still be there and it takes only moments to relight.

Are they right for me?

Stack of XL RUF with RTB logo - Wood Fuel Co-operative

It must be emphasised that these particular wood briquettes burn best on woodburners. We found them less efficient on an open fire, since regulating the air intake is what makes their performance so impressive.

For general and daytime burning the softwood and hardwood blocks are excellent. The key to success is that you need a hot fire bed to get them started. Hotmax is ideal. Once the stove is heating up but before the Hotmax have burned down too much, place the block/s carefully on top and keep the air intake open until they’ve got started. Then experiment with turning the air down to get a steady, long burn. Once you’ve got it right for your particular stove, we think you’ll be impressed!

For night time/very long burning, the bark blocks are ideal. The principle is the same. Start them on a hot base and turn the air down once they’re established. For those who burn peat because they like the smell, the bark blocks smell every bit as good but they’re better for the environment. In fact, all the wood blocks give off a pleasant aroma when they burn. Some folk liken to pinewoods and others to peat. Unlike logs, they don’t spit, so if you want to have the stove door open they’re much safer…and pets aren’t freaked out either!

Tell me more about the heating revolution!…

To find out more about the heating revolution and all our fuels we recommend a visit to our Heathhall depot so that you can actually see them and have their various properties explained. We have a Hobbit stove in the office there too, so you can see them in action!

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

Wood Fuel Co-operative

*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.