Box of dr heat natural firelighters in front of an open fire woodfuel cooperative

Not all firelighters are created equal!

Say goodbye to smoky, frustrating newspaper and smelly chemical lighters. We’ve found the ultimate solution with natural firelighters!

Carbon Neutral, Made in the UK, Smell Great!, Effective and Easy to Use. One single block is all you need for the perfect firelighting experience……

Natural Firelighters

We love products that work. That’s why we have tried lots of different products to find the best lighters to start your fires. Let us introduce you to our winners – Dr Heat.

Dr Heat Natural firelighters

We love Dr Heat – they’re from the UK and they’re carbon neutral! Made from miscanthus grass and waste candle wax from a scented candle factory (which saves the waste wax from going to landfill). They are sustainable, natural, and come in a recyclable cardboard box. The factory runs on solar panels as well!

Dr Heat smell lovely! That’s thanks to the scented candle wax used. The candle wax means the colour varies and that they always smell great. We also have a fragrance-free version for you too! If you’d like to find out more about Dr Heat Firelighters and why they use miscanthus grass, visit their website.

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

Wood Fuel Co-operative

*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.