Can I burn briquettes in a wood burning stove?


We often hear people say, “My stove installer says I can only burn logs in my stove, so I can’t use briquettes”.

This isn’t true. Because wood briquettes are made only from pure wood sawdust, it is perfectly safe to burn briquettes in a wood burning stove. A wood-burning stove is an appliance that cannot burn coal-based products – it is able to burn wood briquettes well.

Why can’t you burn coal on a wood-burner?

Coal burns much hotter than wood, so coal-based products can damage a wood stove. Wood stoves are not designed to burn as hot as multi-fuel stoves (ones which can burn either wood or coal). Wood briquettes burn hotter than logs but as not as hot as coal, so they are perfectly safe in either a wood-burning stove or a multi-fuel stove.

In fact, wood briquettes are generally better for wood-burning stoves than logs are.

That might sound strange, but because wood briquettes are much drier than logs, they produce less tar to clog up the flue, less ash and fewer pollutants. Kiln-dried logs have about 12-20% moisture content, while briquettes are 4-10%. Moisture is what causes smoke, pollutants and tar. Ash comes from the bark of trees, which is high in silica. Briquettes generally have most of the bark removed, so their ash content is much lower.

For a healthier wood-burning stove, try briquettes now.

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Quick guide to choosing the best Wood Fuel for your stove and lifestyle.

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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.