Because the moisture content is so low (10% or less) compared with most logs, stove manufacturers recommend briquettes for keeping your stove in good working order and avoiding chimney fires caused by tar build up.
Rowland Parke, director of the Dumfries-based Wood Fuel Co-operative, says people in the UK are finally starting to wake up to the benefits of briquettes. “We are selling more and more of them, particularly in the past year or so. Once people try them they soon stop buying logs locally. They are cleaner and easier to store, and take up around half the space of a log pile. Until you have tried one you won’t believe how much heat they can deliver,” he says.