Quick fires for summer downpours


The wet weather is becoming a real drag…plants are suffering, the chooks are miserable and today the wind is making it chilly and unpleasant outside.

Lighting the stove in July? Was I mad? Well, I went ahead and three hours on I’m very happy I did! I used an Ezilite paper briquette to get it going quickly, with a Hotmax and an ash log on top. The logs in the store, even though well seasoned, are still hissing a little when lit, so they must still have a much higher moisture content than the briquettes. Mixing them together makes it easy to get a good heat up and to revive the stove when it starts flagging.

OK, I did have to open some windows but it felt good to be airing the place out. The formerly soggy dog is also now dry and fluffy…and very appreciative too. But now there’s a row of hens outside, peering in through the door…nope, I draw the line at that. Sorry chooks!

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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.