What's the best Wood Fuel to use in a Log Burner

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Can you only use wood in a log burner? What's the best most economic fuel to use?

When it comes to heating your home, using a log burner can be an efficient and cost-effective option. But with so many different types of fuel available, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. Here are some of the most common types of fuel used in log burners, along with their pros and cons.


Wood is the most common type of fuel used in log burners. It is a renewable resource and is widely available in most areas. Wood also produces a warm, cozy heat that many people find appealing. However, there are some downsides to using wood as a fuel source.

One of the main drawbacks of wood is that it can be difficult to light, especially if it is damp. It also produces a lot of smoke and ash, which can be messy and require frequent cleaning. Additionally, burning wood can release harmful pollutants into the air, which can be a concern for those with respiratory issues.

You should always ensure that you clean your log burner between each burn to ensure maximum heat efficiency.

Wood Pellets

Pellets are a type of fuel made from compressed wood or other organic materials. They are designed to burn more efficiently than traditional wood logs, producing less smoke and ash. They are also easy to store and transport, making them a convenient option for those who live in urban areas. However, there are some downsides to using pellets as a fuel source.

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Pellet Burner Cage / Basket

One of the main drawbacks of pellets is that they can be more expensive than traditional wood logs. They also require a specialized stove or burner to use, which can be a significant investment. It's also worth mentioning that some pellets contain additives or binders that can produce harmful pollutants when burned.

In order to use pellets in your log burner, you must first convert your log burner by adding a pellet basket, which can also be used to burn wood cat litter - read more about "using cat wood litter in your log burner" by our friends over at TidyX

Can you use Coal in a log burner?

No. You should never use Coal in a long burner.  Log burners are not designed for the high temperatures that coal burns at which can actually damage your log burner.