What’s the cheapest way to heat your home?


The cost of all aspects of life is expected to climb this winter.

At Wood Fuel Co-op, we work on the same modest margins we always have done but as our costs increase, so does the price of our products.

We are working harder than ever to source affordable fuels that meet our stringent quality-control checks. All of our suppliers are warning of price rises in the near future.

What’s the best way to compare prices?

Remember, p/kWh is the most effective way of measuring the heat output per penny spent . This allows you to compare your wood fuel costs directly with gas and electricity.

The value for money comes from the heat output of the product you’re burning. More heat means less fuel needs to be used to achieve the same heat output.

Check out our Cost Comparison Chart.

How much do different types of heating cost?*

electiricty pylons against and orange sunset

In terms of pence per kilowatt hour, electricity is currently the most expensive way of heating your home at 33.65p/kWh.

A burning log on a fire - Wood Fuel Coop

Kiln dried hardwoods, in traditional log form, cost between 12.50 and 15.37p/kWh, coming in at around half the cost of electricity.

Briquettes burning in a fireplace - Wood Fuel Coop

Our cheapest wood briquettes, Dragon’s Teeth, come in at just 6.87p/kWh while our most expensive briquettes, Hotties heatlogs, work out at 12.70p/kWh

Person adjusting theromstat on heater - Wood Fuel Coop

Mains gas is currently 9.26p/kWh, while kerosene is 11.39p/kWh and LPG is 13.70p/kWh.

Don’t forget to check out our Heating Price Comparison Chart as well, which gives the cost per kilowatt hour of the main forms of heating, including using wood fuel.

Note: It is not all about p/kWh. 

1.  Dragons Teeth for instance are cheap and excellent as a ‘heat sink’ in the back of the fire, where they will glow steadily for 2 to 3 hours and help create a ‘heart’ in the fire, but most customers do not find them great as a main running fuel where a good flame and intense heat is required. A better choice as a main fuel would be Woodlets,  Hotties or Beech Nestro all of which are excellent for generating a consistent flame and heat over a long burn period.

2. UK Hard are great for a small stove, but not economical for a large stove over 5kw, which need a larger briquette.  Two UK Hard are not the equivalant of one Beech Nestro because of the increased surface area. For larger stoves choose Beech Nestro, Woodlets, Hotties or Envirobrick.

*Prices all correct at time of calculations, June 2022. Please note, all prices are rising and so these figures are a snapshot of the current situation and are subject to change.

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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.