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Eco Blocks

Last fall I posted a couple videos about firewood — how to select woods and best ways to stack and dry for winter use. I receive frequent messages about woods and it remains one of my favorite ways to supplement heat at my house. Recently, I came across something called Eco Blocks at Tractor Supply. It is sold at other hardware stores as well. Essentially, Eco Blocks are a gigantic wood pellet. It is brick sized compressed hardwood without any chemicals, glues or other substances. I still enjoy the snap and crackle of real logs but these bricks are an added source of heat that doesn’t build any creosote in the chimney and burns twice as hot as regular wood and leaves fewer ashes behind.

They are shrink-wrapped in plastic. They stack easily and when they are brought in, they are easy to handle with no spiders, no rot and no mess. It doesn’t replace the exercise you get from cutting, splitting and stacking firewood or the odor from certain woods. But, I it is a nice additional way to burn wood during the cold months. If you happen to see eco bricks at a store, you might purchase a couple packages and see how you like them. Unlike decorative logs, you need to get a fire started (kindling) and then they burn twice as hot as most woods and last a long time.

If you have experience with them, let me know what you think.

1 comment

1 Mike Belzer { 07.24.13 at 10:59 pm }

I have used these blocks to fuel my wood stove for two winters and they are great. They burn very hot and clean and leave no creosote. I actually put them into a hot firebox at night, making sure they are burning before I go to bed, and they are still hot and burning in the morning. I place five of them on their edges so that as they swell, they compress almost into a solid block, and I put one to four additional bricks on top to keep them from buckling up and for the added heat, depending on the outside temp. During the day I will use wood because usually outside temps are warmer and I may be able to feed the stove more, but I never need to get up in the middle of the night to refuel the stove when I am using these bricks. They cost no more than hardwood (maybe less), are ecological, create very little smoke, and leave the chimney clean. As they say, also easy to stack, store, and haul by the bundle from the basement to the first floor wood stove.

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