Wood briquettes are a convenient, energy-dense, and eco-friendly alternative to traditional seasoned or kiln-dried logs. Briquettes are made from recycled sawmill byproducts, most typically wood chips, sawdust, and bark. This material is gathered up and compressed to a desired shape and density by an industrial pressing rod.
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This process results in an incredibly dry, dense, and eco-friendly wood fuel that is popular with modern consumers for a wide variety of reasons. Thanks to their supreme energy density, wood briquettes can burn much longer and hotter than traditional logs. Their low moisture content (typically below 9%) allows them to burn much cleaner and more efficiently than conventional firewood. And they are very popular with eco-conscious consumers because no trees need to be cut to create them. In fact, as they are made from recycled sawmill byproducts, the creation of briquettes actually reduces waste instead of creating new waste.
In this blog post, written with the help of Lekto Woodfuels experts, will tell you about the six different kinds of wood briquettes and their uses. Take 5 minutes to read this article and you will have all the knowledge you need to made the best purchasing decision.
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What Are the Main Types of Briquettes?
These are the 6 main types of wood briquettes:
- Sawdust Briquettes (aka RUF briquettes)
- Pini Kay Eco Logs
- Hardwood Heat Logs
- Nestro Logs (aka softwood heat logs)
- Night Briquettes (aka bark briquettes)
- Fire Logs
What Are Briquettes Made Of?
Briquettes can be made of a wide variety of materials. Sawdust Briquettes, Pini Kay Eco Logs, and Hardwood Heat Logs are made from hardwood sawdust. Fire Logs and Nestro Logs are made from softwood sawdust. And Night Briquettes are made from softwood bark.
What Are the Differences Between the Various Kinds of Wood Briquettes?
Here’s a short introduction to each briquette type that explains how they are different from each other:
- Sawdust Briquettes. Sometimes also referred to as RUF briquettes, Sawdust Briquettes are the most basic type of wood briquette available on the market. They are easy to light, burn for a moderately-long time, and have good heat output. This makes them the perfect option for beginners.
- Pini Kay Eco Logs. Designed to offer convenience and a luxurious burn, Pini Kay Logs are a premium upmarket option for people who value the finer things in life. Their special no-roll octagonal shape and expansion-preventing coating make them the most hassle-free briquette out there. And their integrated chimney-effect-producing ventilation hole creates a beautiful fire.
- Hardwood Heat Logs. The hottest-burning, fastest-heating option on the UK market, Hardwood Heat Logs contain more energy than the batteries of most plug-in hybrid vehicles and have a chimney-effect-producing ventilation hole that allows them to release that heat quickly. They can heat up any room in just 5 minutes and will be able to keep your home warm even in the Arctic cold.
- Nestro Logs. Also called softwood heat logs, these briquettes are essentially Hardwood Heat Logs that are made from softwood sawdust. Being made from softwood sawdust, they are slightly more affordable than their hardwood counterpart. They also emanate a lovely softwood aroma when burned. Many people love this smell because it reminds them of Christmas.
- Night Briquettes. Also sometimes referred to as bark briquettes within the wood fuel industry, Night Briquettes are an innovative type of wood briquette made from natural softwood bark that can burn for up to 8 hours. This makes them perfect for people searching for a way to save on heating by lowering their overall wood fuel consumption.
- Fire Logs. Designed to offer the perfect combination of the long-burning properties of Night Briquettes and the high heat output of Hardwood Heat Logs, Fire Logs are Lekto’s most universal wood briquette. Use them according to the provided instructions and they could be the last type of briquette you ever need to buy.
How Long Do Briquettes Last?
The burn time of briquettes depends on the type of briquette in question. Under normal circumstances, you can expect the following burn times:
- Hardwood Heat Logs: 90 minutes
- Nestro Logs: 90 minutes
- Sawdust Briquettes: 2 hours
- Pini Kay Eco Logs: 2-3 hours
- Fire Logs: up to 4 hours
- Night Briquettes: up to 8 hours
What Is the Best Briquette For Beginners?
Lekto’s wood fuel experts recommend Sawdust Briquettes as the perfect first option for beginners. They are easy to light and do not require your stove to be pre-heated in advance to perform optimally.
What Is the Hottest Burning Briquette?
Hardwood Heat Logs and Nestro Softwood Logs are the hottest-burning wood briquette fuel on the market today.
What Is the Longest-Burning Briquette?
Night Briquettes made from 100% natural softwood bark are the longest-burning briquette fuel on the market. They can last for as long as 8 hours, which is up to 4 times as long as conventional sawdust briquettes.