Are Waxlings too pretty to burn?


The Waxling eco-firelighters are starting to acquire an enthusiastic following…and some of our members are admitting that they enjoy looking at them almost as much as they enjoy burning them!

This is why we’re just about to start supplying them in attractive baskets of 43 Waxlings, which make very attractive and original gifts, and in postable boxes of 64. (We still have a few small gift boxes left from Christmas at £3 each, too.)

With their gentle ‘wood and wax’ aroma they’re a huge advance on those white chemical-laden slabs that leave your fingers smelling of all the wrong things. They’re highly effective fire starters: easy to start – just fray out a few wisps of wood wool and touch them with a match – and they work well with all of the wood briquettes in getting your fire off to a fast start.

A basket of waxling firelighters

If the weather is dour and the stove or fire is refusing to draw well, we’ve found that using 2 Waxlings with 3 or 4 Ezilite briquettes, is a good base. Placing half a Verdo or bark briquette on top soon gets a good long-lasting heat going.

One of our Toasty Toes Team who has an open fire has recently started placing the smaller ‘cob’ type briquettes on their sides, like straw bales, rather than sitting on end, and when she demonstrated her fire-lighting skills the other night it was evident that she’d found a very good ignition pattern. Perhaps we should hold a fire design contest…any combination of our briquettes is allowed, as long as there’s a Waxling or two at the heart of it!

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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.