Lighting and burning wood briquettes

Cosy woodburning stove in modern scandi style living room. Woodfuel Co-operative. Lighting and burning.

Lighting and burning. Using wood briquettes is different from burning logs. For one thing, they have a consistently low moisture content, which means you can experiment to find which ones suit your stove or fire best, then depend on getting reliable results with every fire.

Lighting and burning your briquettes is easy if you follow the instructions here. Once you have a good blaze going, you may choose to just use briquettes or mix them with logs: the heat in the base of the fire makes for a more efficient burn.

A great many of our customers report that they’re delighted with the briquettes. They tend to work out cheaper than bought logs in a fairly short space of time, as the low moisture content means you get more calorific value for your money.

If you visit our Dumfries depot you will see that there there are several different kinds of wood briquettes. Everyone’s stove or fire is different so you may want to experiment with one or two different types until you get the burn you want. We’re very happy to advise you: we want you to join the ranks of our happy briquette burners!

Take a look at a short video which shows you how to light and burn our pini kay briquettes!

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*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.