We've been searching for this holy grail for some time and this week a new consignment arrived that has our Toasty Toes Testers very excited indeed. It's made up of three products that, between them, offer great wood fuel performance for a very low cost.
These fuels are excellent for people who go out for the day and want to keep their stove in. With the woodstove ticking over for 6 - 8 hours, you come home to a pleasantly warm, dry house, at a fraction of the cost of oil, gas or electric heating. Even if it does go out before you get home, the residual warmth will still be there and it takes only moments to relight.
It must be emphasised that these particular wood briquettes burn best on woodburners; we found them less efficient on an open fire, since regulating the air intake is what makes their performance so impressive.
For night time/very long burning, the bark blocks are ideal. The principle is the same: start them on a hot base and turn the air down once they're established. For those who burn peat because they like the smell, the bark blocks smell every bit as good but they're better for the environment. In fact, all the wood blocks give off a pleasant aroma when they burn, which some folk liken to pinewoods and others to peat. Unlike logs, they don't spit, so if you want to have the stove door open they're much safer...and pets aren't freaked out either!
To find out more about all our fuels we recommend a visit to our Heathhall depot so that you can actually see them and have their various properties explained. We have a Hobbit stove in the office there too, so you can see them in action!
To see the range of woodfuels, our latest pricelist can be viewed here or downloaded as a pdf if you scroll to the foot of that page.