If you're looking for an effective and efficient source of fuel for a wood burner, log burner or open fire - or for your barbecue - have you considered using briquettes? Both types are made using compressed wood byproducts, and the fact that they are compressed means that they burn in a more stable way. Their burning temperature stays steady - and for a longer period of time than their firewood or lump charcoal counterparts - which is why they're a favourite for many.
Interested in buying either wood or charcoal briquettes? Then have a browse of the range on offer at CoziLogs. Not only are they easy to store and handle, they're available all year round and are not only good for your fire, but also for the environment. What's more, they're great for your bank balance if you're looking for an affordable way to heat your home.
To make wood briquettes, 10,000psi of pressure is applied to wood chippings and sawdust, turning these waste products into highly compacted "logs". And the same process applies to the Weber briquettes (8kg and other packs available) and other BBQ briquettes you can buy. However, BBQ briquettes tend to include certain additives to help them to be lit more easily, and to burn more consistently.
How do I know if my briquettes are good quality?
When buying wood briquettes, look for options that are made from 100% wood. This will ensure that your briquettes don't include any contaminants, like paint or glue, which could affect how they burn and the fumes they give off. Choose briquettes that have a low water content (under 20% is preferable), and which are well compacted - if they aren't hard enough, they will burn more quickly and work out more expensive in the long run. Hardwood briquettes are generally considered the best, as their density means that they burn for longer.
Where can I use wood briquettes?
Wood briquettes are very versatile, both for business and home use. They can be used in log boilers, open fires and wood-burning stoves alike. Use them in the same way as logs: start the fire with kindling, then add the briquettes when the fire has built up. They can either be mixed with logs, or burned by themselves.
What are the benefits of using wood briquettes?
There are many benefits to choosing wood briquettes over logs. Firstly, they are cost-effective: for every £1 you spend, you will enjoy 50% more heat from briquettes than from logs.
Briquettes are also good for your chimney, thanks to their low moisture content, and good for the environment: they're made from wood that could otherwise have gone to landfill.