Can Wood Briquettes increase wood burning stoves efficiency, reduce your solid fuel costs and still help fight the climate change?
Compressed wood logs can come in different shapes, give different burning results and even burning effects. Unlike firewood, compressed logs are a manufactured product and are made of wood "waste" materials mostly sawdust. The names of Beech, Oak or hardwood, may indicate the type of wood material that used in making of the briquettes.
Unlike firewood, the compressed Wood Briquettes can be sold by weight. The number of logs per package should not be the critical feature advertised. The 10kg backpack could as well come with 5 logs as the 6kg backpack, but result from the 6kg pack would be 40% less fuel. Get the weight right, and you will know what you are paying per kg.
In this post, we gather a list of why we think compressed wood briquettes make a better solid fuel to burn in the wood burning stove than kiln-dried hardwood.
- Longer "Miles" Than Kiln Dried Wood
A decent grade wood briquette (2kg) with moisture between 6% - 8% and high density (the log won't fall into little pieces after opening the pack) will replace you on average three standard size kiln dried logs.
A bulk size of compressed wood logs (usually a ton would have 500 x 2kg logs) will far more exceed the value than an equivalent volume of kiln-dried hardwood. The closest count would be a hand stacked cubic meter that holds anywhere between 400 - 450 logs depending on diameter.
That said, it would take on average three hands stacked cubic meters of kiln-dried hardwood to match with a ton of wood briquettes.
Can honestly anyone blame you for choosing a value over visual, especially if the results can exceed all your expectations.
- A Lot Smaller Storage Space
With Wood Briquettes you will cut your storage needs in half. Yes, that right!
You just saved an additional 50% of storage space by storing Wood Briquettes vs firewood.
With more energy stored in a single log, it requires less fuel, therefore a lot smaller storage space.
- Environmental Impact
As supporters of sustainable energy, we believe in environmental impact. With firewood being sustainably sourced and produced still we think the wood briquettes may be a better example of how we access and use natural resources today.
What's excellent about sawdust as a bypass product, you can't access it unless new commodity is created every single time, and with "wood waste" left behind you now can re-produced sawdust into a compressed wood briquette. A newly produced stock may include furniture, construction material and even decorations & toys made of wood.
By understanding the process behind the wood briquette, it will give an entirely new concept of how we perceive this product.
- The Practicality Wins
Practicality will either make or break any product. At first, you will notice the handling of wood briquettes is much cleaner. With less dust on your clothes and hands, it makes an excellent choice fuel product for people with allergies to dust.
A lot faster handling too. Remember the space? Fewer logs create less work in getting the wood briquettes in your storage and with a number of five briquettes per backpack the work will be quicker than a large pallet of firewood.
Let's us now reveal our crucial practicality feature!
Near zero percent ash content!!!
The first impression after you have used Wood Briquettes will be close to zero ash content. With such a low waste it will create less work for you to clean out the stove and certainly will reduce your chimney sweeps.
Because of the organic material, all the ashes that left burning can now be used as compost for your garden or recycled in a brown bin.
Please note! Only organic waste, accessed from using only wood briquettes or firewood can safely than be planted in your garden.
What are our thoughts?
By giving each tree a second life and recycling the best, we are on the curve of learning to use natural resources a more sustainable way. With that said, we indeed believe, the compressed wood briquettes is the solid fuel of today and future.
About The Author
Janis Vitols is the chief executive and founding member of ecofuel.ie. Born in Latvia, a country by the Baltic Sea, where everything considered wood is an industry, he moved to Ireland at an early age. Apart from his day to day business activities of running the company, he loves reading philosophy and thinks creativity and honesty are the secrets for success.