"Good grief, whatever are you burning?" is the usual question.
Usually there's an interesting variety of wood briquettes on display and people are often amazed at how many different types there are - and how their burning properties differ.
Many of our customer's favourites for the open fire at the moment are the aspen logs. These are the pale cylindrical ones pictured on the top of the log basket. They need to be placed onto a hot base, such as Hotmax, in order to get going, but they then burn in two distinct phases. First they give a good bright flame, which sends out plenty of heat into the room, then they die down a little and continue to burn for a good while, putting out a good steady warmth.
The aspen logs also smell great. They have a hole right down the middle, which is handy for using a poker to place them just where you want them on the fire. They work very well for stoves too, where they burn even longer because you can regulate the air intake.
You can get more information on the aspen logs here.
Also on trial just now are some very dense, long-burning briquettes from the USA which are made mostly of hickory, plus we just heard that the amazing Cheetah Conservation Bushbloks are on their way to us from Namibia and will arrive soon. Watch this space!