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05 Oct

Stay warm with Hotmax Fuel Logs

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HOTMAX fuel logs are made from the dust and wood chips that we screen out during the production of our purpose made horse shavings, BEDMAX.  This means we can give you an absolute assurance that HOTMAX really is a completely natural fuel.  These really are eco logs in every sense of the word.  We use nothing but raw softwood timber sourced in the UK to make our BEDMAX shavings, so the dust and particles that we screen out and make into HOTMAX fuel logs are also pure, unadulterated softwood.  HOTMAX fuel logs contain absolutely no additives or contaminants whatsoever, and they are a great way to recycle a natural by-product.


WARNING: HOTMAX really is...HOT!  HOTMAX is a high energy fuel, which means that it burns at very high temperatures. So please use it carefully to begin with.  HOTMAX fuel logs offer you a great way to generate warmth in your home very quickly, but if you are using them for the first time we recommend that you start by using just a few briquettes at a time until you are familiar with their high energy performance. If you add too much to your fire initially, it may generate enough heat to damage your fire, wood burner or stove, or their surroundings!

Tips for Fire lighting

HOTMAX fuel briquettes come in a log shape, and each bag contains a variety of random sizes. We recommend that you use a few of the smallest sized fuel logs to light a fire. You can easily break the larger logs into smaller sizes if you need to.  Because they are dry and burn so well, you can normally create a good fire very quickly by placing a few small briquettes onto three or four twists of old newspaper. As we have said above, however, if you are using HOTMAX for the first time we recommend that you add more fuel logs cautiously, because even a small HOTMAX fire can generate a significant amount of high heat.


HOTMAX is a very dry fuel, but it may absorb moisture unless kept in a completely dry environment.

How does HOTMAX compare with coal and firewood?

Customers considering buying HOTMAX naturally ask us how our fuel logs compare with coal and firewood in terms both of energy values and price.  The simple answer is that HOTMAX fuel logs are cleaner and cheaper than coal, and better and hotter than firewood!  In terms of energy potential - the calorific value that is the normal measurement of heat output - the three main types of fuel compare as follows: Coal. Good quality anthracite offers about 25 - 26 KJ/kg (Kilojoules per Kilogram)HOTMAX fuel logs offer about 17 - 18 KJ/kg (about 2/3 of the energy of coal)Firewood offers about 9 - 13 KJ/kg depending on the type of wood and how dry it is (less than half the energy of coal)In terms of our recommended price, HOTMAX also fits squarely between coal and firewood, so that our fuel logs give you competitive value for money.

What are the HOTMAX benefits?

Compared to coal and firewood, HOTMAX fuel logs are cleaner and easier to handle, store and burn.  Unlike coal, they can be used in woodburners - as well as in multi-fuel stoves and open fires.  They release their energy faster than coal or firewood, so they generate high heat very quickly.  They create low emissions and very little residue or ash, and because they are made from the dust we extract in the manufacture of our horse bedding shavings, BEDMAX, we think they have the edge in terms of environmental sustainability.

Hotmax Fuel Logs v Kiln Dried Hardwood

Seasoned or kiln dried hardwood logs are the most widely used form of solid carbon fuel in Britain today. But HOTMAX fuel logs beat even the best hardwood logs in all the key measurements of moisture content and energy output. And with legislation on emissions and pollution growing rapidly more stringent, HOTMAX wins hands down in the increasingly vital area of environmental impact.


HOTMAX is far more eco-friendly than kiln dried hardwood – or most other briquettes, for that matter. It performs better and more consistently, it’s cleaner, easier and less bulky to handle, and it’s made from recycled dust from managed renewable conifer timber, not from irreplaceable slow-growing deciduous trees such as oak, ash and beech.


Comparative Performance

Hotmax Fuel Logs

Seasoned Hardwood

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