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Top Tips & Advice

Getting the best from your stove or open fire can be a mixture of art and science. You need to take time to get used to how your particular stove burns as well as the best fuel to use on it.

Our staff all have their own stoves and rigorously test all our products before we decide to stock them. We’ve learnt a few tips and tricks over the years, so here are some of the things we get asked most often.

How to start your fire with briquettes

These instructions are for an average size stove (5-7kw) or open fire. If your grate is too small for the suggested arrangement of briquettes, just use fewer as required, for example, use one RUF Oak instead of two. Hardwood Cobs can be replaced with Hotmax, which are an excellent alternative.

Once your fire is going, turn the air flow down a little and, after an hour or so, add half a briquette of your choice, such as a Beech Nestro, Oak Pini-Kay or Birch Briquette.

Top Tips

Don’t overload the fire. Briquettes are much drier than logs, so you need fewer of them to get a good heat. Start with a little bit and put more on as you see how they burn.

Don’t prod it! Briquettes shouldn’t be prodded with a poker. They lose their structure and will not burn for anywhere near as long as they would otherwise.

Lay briquettes across the fire, not pointing towards the door. This is because many briquettes expand as they burn.

Control the air flow. Too much or too little air can cause problems. To get the best burning time, you’ll need to experiment with the air flow on your stove. This is harder to control on an open fire, so you’ll find that whatever fuel you’re using, whether it’s logs, coal or briquettes, won’t burn as long in an open fire as it would on a stove.

Don’t use wood pellets on a stove or open fire. Pellets should only be used in specially designed biomass boilers.


Storing your briquettes

Briquettes should not be stored outside in a traditional log store. They must be kept in a watertight shed or store as they will absorb any atmospheric moisture. A damp briquette is no good for burning!