Briquettes are compressed portions of biomass, in this case, wood, which is combustible and often used as fuel. The term briquette derives from the French language where it means brick. They can be made from all sorts of material, but, peat, charcoal, paper and wooden briquettes are the most common. In the English language, you may also find the terms eco logs or heat logs used to describe them.
This is a very versatile fuel which can be used for both private and commercial heating purposes. High energy storage (up to 5000 kWh of energy stored inside) and reasonable price make briquettes an excellent choice for wood burning stoves, fireplaces, or large or small industrial or home biomass heating boilers.
Wooden briquettes are highly recommended because they are far less toxic than most other combustible solid fuels. For starters, the sulfur and ash contents are very low, when compared against fossil fuels and the CO2 emissions are relatively neutral since burning wood emits just as much of carbon dioxide as regular woods use through photosynthesis. Thanks to simple and compact storage, this is actually one of the best all-around fuel choices in the world.
Why should you use briquettes?
Wood briquettes will burn a lot longer than fire wood, release steady heat, and will be cost efficient compared to fuel. This is highly beneficial during the cold season.
Even though some say that it takes longer to light them up, this can also be viewed as a considerable advantage in terms of safety. The price is one more thing that sways customers to switch over from other fuels. Hardwood briquettes are cheap to buy, which means that you can heat your home or cook food for a lot less. Finally, wood briquettes are one of the best choices when you don’t have excess space. They are neatly packed and can be stored in smaller areas like a cupboard or garage.
How to choose briquettes?
Choosing the right set can be slightly tricky at first. To begin with, you have a lot of differently branded products out there.
Some manufacturers tend to add in paints, some chemical agents or even glue to reduce costs. These are all contaminants and should be avoided. The best examples will be made from a single component and be densely compressed. Compression is essential to the manufacturing process because it allows the item to store more energy within. If it’s compressed poorly, the piece will burn out very quickly. More often, the cheapest briquettes are poorly compressed.
How are briquettes made?
The process of making wooden briquettes is simple from the first glance. Still, in reality, it is actually tough to do it the right way. Briquettes are made from untreated wood shavings which are more often referred to as wood chips and kiln dried sawdust. Using a press, briquettes are compressed into bricks. No binders and additives are used during the compression.
After this, they are usually packaged and sold to retail or wholesale buyers.
How to store wood briquettes?
This is a common question that our customers ask us. It is very important that you store briquettes properly because they are flammable. Thus, it is imperative that you should keep them in a dry area without direct exposure to hot sunlight. Moisture is also unwelcomed because if they get wet, your fuel will instantly lose combustability.
If you have limited storage space and the area does have moisture, try to store them above ground to avoid contact with wet humid spots on the floor.
Why should you choose HS Solid Fuels?
We are a family business from Northern Ireland, heavily oriented towards developing and selling high-quality fire briquettes and other solid fuels for customers who are looking for the best value for money. The team here at HS Solid Fuels spends a lot of time cautiously analysing the market and only select trustworthy and reputable manufacturers that provide fuel products with the same qualities and values that we have established in our company.
Our main objectives and goals are to simplify your everyday life by offering high-quality solid fuels at a price that you can feel confident in. Thanks to finely made and easy-to-store solid fuels, our customers can make their day-to-day routine a lot simpler.
If you happen to have any questions regarding solid fuels – don’t hesitate and send us a message, fill out the quote form or call, Via text and we will get back to you ASAP.