There are two main types of wood fuel bri­quettes — soft­wood or hard­wood. In this arti­cle, you will learn about their main dif­fer­ences, pros and cons.
Conif­er­ous fuel bri­quettes most often have a low­er cost than their hard­wood coun­ter­parts. This is because their pro­duc­tion is eas­i­er and cheap­er due to the low­er den­si­ty of conif­er­ous trees. But are they worse in qual­i­ty?
First of all, it is worth decid­ing how long spe­cif­ic bri­quettes burn and how much ener­gy they give off. It is believed that conif­er­ous bri­quettes burn hot­ter and longer, while quick­ly catch­ing fire. In addi­tion, they do not leave tar behind, as is the case with birch coun­ter­parts. But after them, ash and resins set­tle on the walls of the chim­ney, from which the sur­face must be thor­ough­ly cleaned. Neg­li­gent atti­tude to such pol­lu­tion leads to a fire haz­ard. At the same time, oak or maple bri­quettes give even more heat. In addi­tion, they do not com­pli­cate the care of the chim­ney with the remains of tar, tar or ash. Their qual­i­ty is explained by the high den­si­ty of oak and maple as tree species.
In con­trast, loose wood species burn worse and give off less heat. These include nee­dles (pine, spruce) and hard­woods (birch, poplar). That’s why you need to remem­ber that the qual­i­ty of eurofire­wood depends on the spe­cif­ic tree species, and not on its main type. Above men­tioned resins that clog the chim­ney and cre­ate a fire haz­ard sit­u­a­tion with a neg­li­gent atti­tude towards its clean­li­ness. In addi­tion, they can also reduce the heat­ing of air dur­ing the com­bus­tion of bri­quettes, as well as reduce the life of the chim­ney sys­tem. You can avoid the risks and neg­a­tive impact of resins with time­ly clean­ing of the chim­ney and the pur­chase of high-qual­i­ty bri­quettes from a trust­ed man­u­fac­tur­er.
If there is no desire to clean the pipes for a long time, you can pur­chase lime or oak bri­quettes. They burn for a long time, give a good heat and at the same time do not clog the chim­ney. The cost of such bri­quettes will be sig­nif­i­cant­ly high­er; the price is explained by the excel­lent qual­i­ty of eurofire­wood.
Which ones are bet­ter? Some will insist that only conif­er­ous bri­quettes are suit­able for per­ma­nent heat­ing of res­i­den­tial build­ings. Some peo­ple like hard­woods due to their “clean” burn­ing. Some­one buys conif­er­ous eurofire­wood, as they are cheap­er and release more ener­gy, while some­one choos­es ana­logues because of their safer com­po­si­tion. We rec­om­mend start­ing with hard­wood bri­quettes — they are dis­tin­guished from conif­er­ous options by a small­er amount of waste emit­ted — tar, ash, smoke. Then you can exper­i­ment with pine, spruce or com­bined coun­ter­parts.