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I have a wood burning stove which I couldn't be bothered to light often because it burns through logs quite quickly and I couldn't be mithered going outside to get logs all the time. When I did light it I would use them fire log things, much easier to light and last an hour or so but at a pound each not economical. I was in Farm and Pet Place one day and saw a bag of logs the type of which I hadn't seen before claiming to be clean and long lasting, so I bought a bag. They cost £4 for 10 kg- 5 logs.
Blazers Fuel Logs are made from 100% Natural Virgin wood, contain no additives, produce less tar and give off less co2. The logs are about a foot long and weigh 2 kg each so a reasonable size, the bag says you can cut them down. I tend not to bother splitting them in half because they just burn down in half the time. I'd describe them as being a compressed sawdust 'tube' with a hole running through the middle.
To light them you have to use fire lighters like you're lighting a fire but with no need to use sticks first. They take quick enough but I do need a few firelighters placed strategically underneath it. Once lit it burns down slowish probably lasting a good couple of hours and they definitely last longer than my ordinary logs.
They give off a fair amount of heat, not the biggest of flames- it doesn't produce a roaring fire but just enough. The pack says they don't spit or spark which is true, they do however leave quite a lot of ash behind (which they claim not to) as, while they burn down they sort of break up like sawdust.
I've still got a couple left in the bag, but I did leave them out in the rain and they've swollen and broke up. I'm in the process of trying to dry them out so I can use them- in bits mind........
I would probably recommend them because they work out cheaper than fire logs, are environmentally friendly, last a fair while, don't spit, don't smoke much, don't smell much, are clean to handle and easy enough to light.
5 stars from me..
As a complete novice to fire lighting the Blazers Fuel Logs have been a very welcome addition to my home this winter. I've a solid fuel burning stove and at times can be found spending 1-2 hours trying to get the fire to stay lit never mind actually heating up the room. These have taken away all that hassle and keep the place nice and cosy.
Each bag of fuel logs weighs about 10kg and contains 5 fuel logs made of 100% wood. They are similar to Hotmax fuel logs but benefit from being much larger in size making them burn far longer but also hold their shape better whereas the Hotmax logs will separate quite quick after lighting. Our stove will easily hold one log but you do have to remember that as they start heating up they expand and a couple of times I've noticed it edging its way towards the glass which could end up being quite dangerous if I was then to open the door and parts of it fall out. I've also managed to get one stuck as it went in horizontally and ended up expanding until it hit the side bricks and kept going out as no air could get into it so ended up spending ages poking the centre until it had weakened enough to split in two. They recommend breaking them into two before putting them in which will also be more cost effective but you need a saw or axe as they're pretty solid.
It says to put 3 briquettes in with a firelighter but as I'm not chopping it up I'll put kindling in to get the fire started then when that's going I'll add the log. With Hotmax logs I found they would take forever to catch but as long as the Blazers have a flame underneath it will catch. If the flames start to die down I find running the fire poker to shave the outer edge of the log really helps as they catch easily (obviously having to be careful none of it sparks out) but the best thing about the logs is the fact that they don't spark when left so they are also ideal for open fires. As long as the air supplies are fully open I also find they won't cloud the glass on the fire which will happen with slow burning fuels and they burn very cleanly benefitting from less tar which would make the chimney sticky.
While the heat is very noticeable very close to the fire it will take its time to heat up the room but I've found these fuel logs the most effective compared to logs/pieces of wood or coal. The thermostat shows the temperature increasing from 15.8C to 16.9C within 30 minutes and I'll regularly see it hitting over 20C over the course of a few hours. Our stove also has a back boiler which puzzled us endlessly when we first moved in as it's supposed to heat a radiator upstairs but in 2 months I could count on one hand the number of times it generated any heat. With the fuel logs the radiator heats up every time as it produces a constant heat for a good 2 hours.
As long as you don't keep poking or moving the logs about in the fire then it really makes the logs last far longer. Similar to coal, the fire has to be cleared of ash before lighting and by the time the logs have finished burning there's not a huge amount of ash left in the tray but I'd really only use these logs if I know I'm going to have the fire on for quite a while so will end up burning logs and coal which then fills the tray quite quickly.
Priced at £7.99 a bag they can be cost effective compared to adding a lot of logs to the fire but as you're only getting 5 logs and I use one at a time they really don't last long. With the heat generated I really just stick to using these on the really cold days because they are so effective.
The packaging also comes with a voucher to save on the Gondola Steam Boat in the Lake District which also uses Blazers Fuel Logs but unfortunately this was 2 years out of date (2011) so not sure if they still do this. I get my logs from our local Town and Country shop.
In the kitchen we have a wood burning stove that I absolutely hate. It causes too much humidity and condensation and it is really filthy but my boyfriend adores it and loves to use it. When we first moved in, we had economy 7 electric heating so this fire was our lifesaver. Now we have gas central heating so we have less of a need to use the wood burner although as it is a large dining kitchen, in the winter the fire does get used. We have just burnt our Christmas tree up after having it stood in the garden for ages! A source of fuel we often use is blazers fuel logs as they burn well without any scent or smoke.
==Price and availability==
A bag of the logs costs around £6 and you can buy it from garden centres. The bag comes in a 10kg weight.
The fire logs are made of 100% compressed wood chippings and contain no additives. There is no resin, all you get it are compressed logs that are dry and ready to use. When you put them in the wood burner they last a long time and you get a massive 5.5kW per 1KG of log. Although we have doors on the wood burner, it is good to know that the logs do not spit and they are clean and easy to handle. I much prefer ready cut logs. As we do not use the wood burner all the time, we have to store the cut logs and they end up wet and covered with insects. These bagged up logs can be stored easily and need minimal care. The logs burn leaving a very small amount of ash, the burning process is long and they are very long lasting logs. They seem to keep hold of the heat and burn slowly rather than roar away into dust. Once burned, the ash is very small and seems much cleaner than when we burn other wood. It is much cleaner than when we burnt the Christmas tree. The ash can be cleaned out easily and then used in the garden as a fertilizer.
The logs are perfect for use in the home as they are much cleaner and they burn much cleaner. They are easy to handle and as they burn they do not spit or splutter. They smoke a small amount but this is minimal and they burn very hot rather than cause a lot of smoke. As the logs are compressed, you are getting a lot of burn time. Every 1000 kg of blazers logs are equivalent to approx. 4-5 m3 of hardwood. This means that each log lasts a long time so you are getting a lot for your money. Wood burners can be messy, especially when your boyfriend likes to mess about with the fire, with these logs they burn slowly without you having to interfere much so you can leave the fire alone. The logs burn with hardly any smoke and leave a small amount of ash once finished. They are very good quality and perfect for use in the home stove/wood burner.