Solid Fuel

Knowledge Hub Solid Fuel

The new generation of solid fuel appliances be they wood or mineral fuelled will offer you the versatility to control and economically heat you home with the additional luxury of a real flame. Whether you choose a traditional open fire, one of the modern multi-fuel or log burners available on the market it is essential you choose the correct fuel to ensure maximum efficiency and performance. You will find local fuel merchant listed in the Services search on this site.

To gain the full benefit from using solid fuel to heat your home you will need to carry out simple regular maintenance tasks from clearing the ashes from the fireplace or stove, know how to lay a fire to gain maximum efficiency and heat output from your fuel and why it is essential to carry out long term maintenance tasks such having the chimney regularly swept. This topic area also contains additional information about complimentary products such as log baskets and stove top fans.

If you decide, as many now do, choose to use wood as a fuel you will need to know how to buy, prepare, store, dry and build a log pile or store.  We do offer a word of warning to all potential wood burners it is both an art and a science and as such possess the inherent danger of becoming a life time obsession but that said it is ultimately satisfying.


Fuel Types

Which Fuels Should I Burn in my Multi-Fuel Stove?

A Word of Warning of the Pitfalls in Buying Kiln Dried Firewood Abroad

A Guide to Using Wood as a Fuel Source

Types of Solid Fuel Suitable for Open Fire Places

Choosing a Fireplace & Fire

Docherty Group – Hearth & Home preview

The Myth, the Science and the Solution to Open log Fires.

The use of slabbed granite with open fires.

Why Choose a Cast Iron Fireplace?

Preventing Heat Loss

Firemizer by Microtex Products Ltd

The Chimney Sheep

Chimneys and Flues

The Importance of Having Your Chimney Swept

Guidance on Chimneys for Wood Burning Appliances

The Essentials to Understanding, Fireplace, Chimney and Flue Sizes

Quick Guide to Buying a Fire and Chimney and Flue Types

A Guide to Understanding Chimney Height and Draft

Chimneys and Flues: A Guide to the Building Regulations

I Don't Know, I'm Fluless. Which Gas Fire, Which Flue?

Regulations and Requirements

How to check your Solid Fuel Engineer is HETAS Registered

The use of slabbed granite with open fires.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - The Ultimate Guide

Hints & Tips

Advantages of Clean Burn Wood Appliances

How to Build a Solar Kiln for Seasoning and Drying Logs

Using Solid Fuels and Cast Iron Thermal Discoluration

Summer Maintenance of Your Fireplace

How to Light a Fire in an Open Fireplace or Stove

A Guide to Regular Maintenance of Stoves and Open Fire

How to Store logs and Build a Log Store

How to Achieve a Healthy Fire in the Home


Charnwood Collaborate with Country Living Magazine

Italy’s Wood Heat Swap Meet

A Story Around The Campfire

New Firebelly Range

Firemizer website will help create the perfect fire

Bespoke Log Baskets

The Chimney Sheep

NACS Extends a Huge Welcome to Rodtech UK Ltd at NACS Exhibition.

How Windkat Works

Using a Competant Installer

Pellet stove installer training programme is a roaring success.

How to check your Solid Fuel Engineer is HETAS Registered


Why Being Woodsure Approved Is Good for Business

Fuel for thought 

The Past, Present and Future of Hetas

FSC® The Forest Stewardship Council®