Wild and windy… but the marigolds are still flowering!

Calendula plants flowering in a vegetable bed

It’s been such a mild November…scarcely any frost and many flowers that would normally be long gone are still hanging in there. The night scented stock looks ragged but its fragrance is still greeting us as we pass in the evenings. Not, you might think, the best weather to be getting a wood fuel co-operative set up! But every day we’re seeing more people wanting to try out the wood briquettes, so the free sample packs and Mix and Match packs are being well received.

And I suspect we all know that sooner or later we’ll be digging ourselves out of the snow or searching for rock salt to put on the paths. We’re going to be stocking that too…just waiting for the cold snap! Hmmm…that will be good for the co-op – but I’m still happy to enjoy the marigolds while I can!

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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.