Autumn has well and truly arrived here in the UK. The clocks have gone back, we’re waking up to frosts, and the Press is forecasting the worst winter on record (yet again!).So however you heat your house, now is definitely the time to get organised and stock up on your winter fuel.
We are fortunate to have a wood burner or open fire in all our downstairs rooms. Having a real fire burning is one of the things that make our house feel like a home, so we light at least one of them every day. Consequently, we burn a lot of wood during the winter months and are always on the lookout for good quality logs.
Sourcing good firewood at a decent price is not as easy as it sounds. Quality varies considerably, and a mix of well seasoned, dry logs isn’t always easy to find. So when Lekto Wood Fuels asked if we’d like to try a couple of their products to review we were delighted to give them a go.
Lekto Hardwood Heat Logs
The first product that Lekto Wood Fuels sent us to try was the Lekto Hardwood Heat Logs 20kg MiniPack. These are made from pure Birch sawdust created as a by-product from the sawmill industry. These heat logs are environmentally friendly being produced without the use of any chemical binding products. You can even use what little ash they do provide as a fertiliser on your garden.
Described as the best alternative to traditional firewood their high heat output and low moisture content means that they burn at a far higher temperature than conventional logs. Which is brilliant if you are relying on your fire as your primary heat source.
So how do they compare to burning traditional logs? We have tried both lighting a fire from scratch using the Lekto Hardwood Heat Logs and have also been using them mixed in with our regular mix of wood logs.
It is super easy to light a fire from scratch using the Lekto Hardwood Heat logs. The logs can be used whole or broken into pieces which is fairly easy to do with your hands. For fire lighting, we snapped a couple of logs into smaller pieces and found they lit quickly using a natural fire-lighter to start them off. The logs do expand as they burn (which is fascinating to watch) so it is worth bearing that in mind. These hardwood heat logs definitely burn really hot and give out great heat which leads me onto how they work best for us.
Different woods burn at different rates and temperatures. Some like birch, oak, ash and hazel are considered to be excellent for burning when seasoned, while others like willow and elm don’t burn so well. We live in an area where we have an abundance of willow and elm so any mix we source locally can have a high proportion of those woods in it. We often end up sourcing kiln dried wood to mix into our main log supply to ensure we keep our mix at a high enough temperature so that all our wood burns well. We found that the Lekto Harwood Heat Logs are an excellent alternative for this purpose.
Lekto Night Briquettes
The second product that we were sent to try was the Lekto Night Briquettes 20kg Minipack. This is a product that neither hubby or myself have come across before. They are made solely from the bark of conifer trees – again a by-product from the sawmill industry. The night briquettes are explicitly designed for enclosed appliances such as wood burners where the air flow can be adjusted to take advantage of their long slow burn.
Lekto night briquettes work in conjunction with either heat logs or conventional logs. They offer a long, slow burn for up to eight hours, so are perfect for anyone who likes to keep their stoves running overnight. We don’t ever leave our stoves deliberately burning overnight with the airflow reduced so didn’t test out this application properly. We did, however, find glowing embers the next morning after using the briquettes the night before without reducing the airflow, so they clearly do offer an exceptionally long burn.
What we did find the night briquettes really useful for was keeping our wood burners ticking over when we wanted to light them in the morning and then just forget about them throughout the day. We also loved their easy to stack brick shape and their natural fragrance.
In conclusion, we were really impressed with both the Lekto Hardwood Heat Logs and the Lekto Night Briquettes. Being able to mix both products in with our regular logs meant that we have had lovely fires all week with far less tending than usual. Sourcing fuel from a sustainable source is really important to us, so the fact that these Lekto products are made from a by-product gets a big thumbs up from us. If you’d like to try you hand at making your own firelighters you can find our tutorial for Homemade Firelighters here. You can find out more information about Lekto Wood Fuels and their products on their website.
Disclosure: We were sent a Lekto Hardwood Heat Logs 20kg MiniPack and a Lekto Night Briquettes 20kg Minipack for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.