Which briquette to choose?


Which briquettes is right for me? Customers often walk into our depot and are amazed at the number of different fuels on display, particularly briquettes. There may be up to a dozen different types at any one time.

Why so many? Because of their high performance, briquettes are rapidly taking over from traditional logs as the preferred fuel of many people. They are cheaper and more eco-friendly than coal, hotter than logs and on average deliver, weight for weight, more kWh than other fuels.

Stove manufacturers recommend them because, with their low moisture content, they cause far less tarring up of flues, and also far fewer chimney fires.

Rows of different wood briquettes - Wood Fuel Co-operative

As you can see from the image here, briquettes come in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes. At the Wood Fuel Co-operative we have the briquettes laid out in categories: ranging from those most suitable for fire lighting or reviving your stove, through shorter, medium and longer burning fuels, to those recommended for keeping your stove in overnight.

Every stove is unique and often it is a case of trying out a few different types to discover which briquette works best for you. If you’re local to Dumfries it’s well worth coming in and asking one of us to talk you through the fuels to help you choose.

Full Pallet of Premium Mix Briquettes, Heat Logs Ready Mixed Pallet. Woodfuel Cooperative

If you’re ordering for the first time online, however, one of our mixed pallets, like the one illustrated left, allows you to experiment with the different types and decide which briquette you prefer for next time.

Still not sure which briquette is right for you?

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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.