Who will be our 100th member?


Who will be our 100th member? When we started the Wood Fuel Co-operative just over a year ago, we felt sure that there would be a demand for highly efficient, affordable wood fuel. Little did we realise just how well received it would be.

Today (26/11/12) we’re standing at 96 members and within the next few days we’re sure we’ll be welcoming our 100th member – with a free bag of Hotmax wood briquettes!*

So why is becoming a Wood Fuel Co-op member such a good idea? It involves loaning the co-operative a fully refundable £99 for the duration of your membership (minimum 1 year). We use our members’ combined financial buying power to negotiate big discounts from top brand name suppliers. Ensuring you get your fuel at the best possible prices. You can also store it with us, so you benefit from bulk buying prices. Draw it down as and when you want to collect it from our depot in Dumfries. Or, for an extra delivery charge, we will bring it to your door.

Would you believe, the price of many of our fuels is lower now than they were last year! This is because of our members’ contributions. Meaning we’re able to buy full lorry loads at a time instead of half loads, saving substantial amounts.

So, some time in the next few days we look forward to welcoming our 100th member! We’d like to let more of the folk of Dumfries and Galloway know about what we’re doing. If that person is willing, we will take one or two photographs of them receiving a free bag of Hotmax wood briquettes, one of our most popular fuels, so we can use it for publicity purposes.

Will it be you? Or a friend…please pass it on!

*The awarding of a free bag of Hotmax is dependent on the member’s agreement to a photograph being taken for use in local press and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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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.