Open Fire Mix

£143.00 - £398.00

A selection of our finest briquettes designed specifically to be burnt on open fires where a lively flame, excellent heat and low expansion are important.

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Open Fire Mix


Made from:

RUF Oak are made from fine ground European Oak which is a by-product of the furniture industry.

Pini-K are made under extreme compression from oak.

Baby Beech are made from fine ground beech from the door and window manufacturing industry.

Hotmax are made from sawdust and bark by-product when Bedmax produce their world famous horse bedding.

Waxlings are made from pine wood wool soaked in wax.

Burning characteristics:

RUF Oak is the best briquette of this type we have ever been able to source. It is extremely hard, dense and clean to handle. The RUF Oak is best used as a ‘heat sink’ in the back of the fire. Place two RUF Oak in an open ‘V’ in the back of the hearth, place a lit firelighter in the back of the ‘V’ and gently build small sections of Hotmax around the lighter.

Hotmax are easy to light, producing a quick heat with an excellent flame. They make a great kindling, but also last several hours. The larger sections of Hotmax can easily be broken into thinner sections for kindling, or retained in larger sections for a main fuel. Weight for weight Hotmax are half the price of kindling sticks and they last three times longer, producing a great flame and good heat.

Pini-K are a very versatile briquette in that they can be broken into smaller sections when they make an excellent kindling, or they can be used whole. Pini-K are made under extreme compaction making for a dense and long burning briquette. Their initial vibrant flame lasts 35 to 45 minutes after which the briquette glows red hot in the base of your fire, emitting heat for several hours.

Baby Beech are new to the party. They are also made under extreme compaction, but because they do not have a hole down the centre they do last longer than Pini-K. Their flame is not quite so vibrant as the PK, but it does last longer. If you put plenty of air through the fire it will burn long and hot with a good flame, but turn the air down and it will last for many hours. In my 5kw stove, they will even last overnight. Clearly this will not be the case in an open fire, but it shows you what they are capable of.

Waxlings are an excellent non-toxic lighter. They contain only wood wool soaked in candle and beeswax. Sometimes we find the Waxlings a little too tightly compacted, in which case give the Waxling a twist in order to loosen the fibres. This will make them easier to light.

Perfect for:

This mix is ideal for open fires, which can be greedy to feed compared with stoves. Open fires require fuel that expands only minimally to be sure it does not spill over into the heart. All these briquettes have been selected on that basis. Please be sure to build you fire slowly. Do not put too many briquettes on at one time. I suggest two RUF Oak, a pickle of Hotmax and just one Pini-K or Baby Beech at a time.

None of our briquettes contain additives or chemicals. They are made from pure, untreated wood by-product and are held together by compression alone.

Country of Origin:


Composition:  Clean, dry sawdust
Calorific value:  4.8 kWh/kg
Max. ash content:  0.7%
Max. water content:  <8%
Product Standard:  n/a


All these briquettes come in a plastic outer. Please check with your local authority for recycling facilities.

The briquetting industry uses plastic to wrap wood briquettes in order to ensure they stay dry, as damp briquettes break up and are unsuitable for burning. The environmental impact of our products is important to us, so we are constantly working with our suppliers to improve the sustainability of their packaging by using cardboard in place of plastic wherever possible.

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