Storing your briquettes


 

We recommend storing your briquettes indoors only.

Storing Your Briquettes – The Basics:

DO store your briquettes in:

  • Watertight shed
  • Dry garage
  • Porch or conservatory
  • Inside house
  • Dry outbuildings
  • Some plastic garden stores, as long as they are watertight

DO NOT store your briquettes in:

  • Traditional log stores
  • Uncovered, outdoor areas
  • Buildings that are damp or have high humiditiy levels

Traditional log stores are open or vented. This is because logs require airflow around them to keep them dry. Briquettes are already dry so if they are exposed to moisture they will start to expand. This makes them useless for burning. Storing your briquettes the right way is really important.

A damp briquette will just turn back into sawdust!

Storage FAQs

What are briquettes wrapped in?

Most of our briquettes are in plastic shrink-wrapped packs, plastic bags, or cardboard boxes.
Some of the bags – Hotmax 20kg, for example – are extremely well-wrapped and will withstand being stored outside. However, they are the exception.
Most of the other plastic wrapped products have gaps in the shrink wrap, so they are not fully sealed against moisture.
The products that come in cardboard boxes or paper bags are not suitable for storing in anything but dry conditions. They must not be exposed to high atmospheric moisture.

How long will briquettes last in storage?

Most briquettes, kept in their original wrapping and stored in the dry, will last more or less indefinitely. Don’t remove them from their packaging, or store where they are exposed to damp. They will start to degrade over a period of months, depending on the conditions.

How much space will I need to store my briquettes?

As a rough guide, a full pallet of briquettes will require a footprint of 1m x 1.2m. Stacked carefully, they will be about 1m – 1.5m high.
Half pallets take the same footprint but are generally .5m – .75m high.
Quarter pallets are roughly .25m – .5m high

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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.

Notes:

  • 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.