Wishing you a Toasty Festive Season!


Last night we decided that wood briquettes were going to make Christmas a very pleasant experience this year…no more having to go out to fetch more logs in the cold!

dogs in front of a wood-burner

Being able to just reach for another briquette or cob and knowing that it will deliver heat right away is sheer bliss!

The other great thing is the safety aspect. As a customer remarked yesterday, not having to worry about the fire spitting, or needing to use the fireguard every time you take your eyes off the fire, is a big plus.

The guard definitely cuts the heat from an open fire, so a fuel that doesn’t spit is a more efficient space heater, plus a lot safer for anyone who is inclined to drop off to sleep in front of the fire!

Two small, open boxes of Waxling firelighters wrapped in red ribbon with a Merry Christmas gift tag

Here at the Wood Fuel Co-op we’ve had so much positive feedback about not just the wood briquettes but also the Waxlings, the wood pellets and the storage facility, that we’re going to start putting your comments and feedback onto a ‘Your Comments’ page on the website. If you’d like to add your comments and views, please do contact us. (We promise to keep your identity and email confidential: just an initial and broad location will be used on comments, and we will never pass on any of your details.)

Have a cosy, relaxing festive season!

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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.