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 and this week a new consignment arrived that has our Toasty Toes Testers very excited indeed. It’s made up of three products that, between them, 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.
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, for which 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, which 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!
To find out more about 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!