Verdo Wood Briquettes and UK Heatlogs.
They burn hotter and cleaner, are cheaper to buy, and much easier to store and handle – so why do so few people with open fires and wood-burning stoves use recycled wood briquettes to heat their home?
Big in Europe, but still largely untried by many fire users in the UK – particularly in the south – those selling them claim that once you have tried briquettes, you’ll never go back to hauling piles of logs off your drive.
Briquettes deliver around 50% more heat for each pound spent than logs. They also have strong environmental credentials as they are made from waste wood produced as part of the furniture or other wood-related businesses – or in some cases collected from skips. Burning wood is generally considered a low-carbon alternative to fossil fuel because trees absorb carbon as they grow.
Briquette producers take sawdust and other shredded wood, apply 10,000psi (pounds per square inch) of pressure, and out pop briquettes. One briquette can last up to four hours, and big users will find they save around £150 a year compared to buying conventional logs.
Wood briquettes are cleaner and easier to store, and take up around half the space of a log pile. Until you have tried one you won’t believe how much heat they can deliver.
Logs sold in the UK generally have much higher levels of moisture – 20% in well-seasoned wood.
You have to keep them in a dry place as they expand rapidly if they get wet. When they burn they leave around 1% of their original volume as ash, meaning you don’t have to empty the stove as often.