What is Ready To Burn?

woodfuell cooperative woodsure ready to burn logo

The government is phasing out the sale of wet wood sold in small volumes (under 2m3). This initially applies in England from 1 May 2021. Scotland is expected to introduce similar rules soon. This ‘Ready to Burn’ scheme is part of the UK commitment in the Clean Air Strategy to reduce emissions of damaging air pollutants by 2020 and 2030.

Minimising the environmental effect of wood-burning is very important. That’s why the scheme aims to help consumers easily identify good quality, dry fuels.

Products marked with the RTB logo have been independently tested and have passed strict quality control parameters. This means that they’re safe to burn straight away – no need to season them.

What does wet wood do?

Even the best stoves will pollute if you burn wet wood on them. At Wood Fuel Coop, we’ve always insisted that our logs and briquettes are dry and high quality. We’ve seen the damage burning wet wood can do to flues and chimneys. Wet fuel also causes a build up of tar and increases the chances of a chimney fire.

Wet wood, which means a moisture content of over about 20%, releases high levels of particulates and smoke. This harms the environment but it also harms your stove and flue/chimney. So it’s important to make sure you’re burning dry wood. RTB makes this easy.

flames coming out of a chimney, Chimney on fire woodfuel coop

The added benefit of dry fuel is that it produces a lot more heat than wet wood. It’s a win-win!

If traditional logs are your preferred fuel, it’s worth investing in a moisture meter. This tells you if your logs are dry enough to burn well. All of our traditional logs are Kiln-Dried and Ready to Burn Certified.

For more information, visit Readytoburn.org.

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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.