Brackenburn Brackettes - the new superfuel?

Burning at temperatures hotter than oak, Brackettes are ultra-eco logs with a wealth of benefits for the countryside and your wood burning stove.


If you're an avid fan of Countryfile, you'll have seen their recent report on Brackenburn Brackettes, a new fuel made from 100% bracken. Burning at temperatures hotter than oak, Brackettes are ultra-eco logs with a wealth of benefits for the countryside and your wood burning stove.


A valuable fuel source

Now available online in 10Kg bags in our store Now available online in 10Kg bags in our store

Bracken fern is Britain's most common fern. It is also a highly invasive species, spreading through underground rhizomes and shading out the habitat for rarer plants. Fresh green bracken also contains a potentially compound called ptaquiloside. This compound has a detrimental effect on the germination of co-occurring plant species, so controlling its spread is vital for health and habitats.


Enter Les Davies, the chief warden for the Mendip Hills. Les wondered if bracken might be good for burning? He was right, and, in 2008, Brackenburn was formed to turn unwanted bracken into a biomass fuel.


 

Benefiting the environment

Harvesting bracken allows native species like bluebells to flourish and makes the ground safe for grazing for native fauna. Harvesting bracken allows native species like bluebells to flourish and makes the ground safe for grazing for native fauna.

By harvesting bracken once it's died back, biodiversity is returned to the land. This allows native species like bluebells to flourish and makes the ground safe for grazing for native fauna.


An additional benefit is, when bracken burns, it produces high levels of potash, a fertiliser that can be used to promote fruiting, flowering and general hardiness in plants.


And by burning bracken instead of oak or other wood logs, you'll help to protect native trees. It's a win-win all round.


By harvesting bracken for fuel, Brackenburn are improving the ecology and environment, which benefits all of us. Not least the end user who gets the benefit of the excellent energy efficiency of this biomass fuel.


 

How it's made

Save some Oaks by burning Bracken — it's also cheaper and burns hotter! Save some Oaks by burning Bracken — it's also cheaper and burns hotter!

Bracken is harvested when the crop has turned brown and the ptaquiloside has died, making it entirely safe. The baled bracken is shredded and dried to reduce the moisture content to less than 20% for an ideal burn. It's then packed into log-like briquettes or Brackettes, which are packed into 10kg waterproof bags for distribution nationwide. Cheaper than oak, Brackenburn Brackettes are sustainable eco logs that provide a cost-effective solution to your off-grid energy needs.


At Logs Direct, we're proud stockists of this new eco-fuel so if you'd like to experience the benefits of burning Brackenburn Brackettes in your wood burner, contact us today or visit the website for more details on these potentially game-changing eco logs.

6 thoughts on “Brackenburn Brackettes - the new superfuel?”

  • Sam Saunders

    Do the brackettes qualify as smokeless in city areas where this is necessary - like peat bricketes do for example.

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  • John Currie

    As the bracken isn't harvested until it has gone through its growth cycle until its brown/dying back phase, how will this help the native species?
    Kind Regards
    John.

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    • Liz Foulds

      By regularly harvesting bracken it increases the bio-diversity of the land allowing Bluebells to flourish as well as all types of wildlife and birds. For more information on this, please see the brackenburn website for more information on http://www.brackenburn.co.uk

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  • david jones

    brackenburn brackettes is this type of fuel ok a substitute for logs and is it ok to use in a smoke free zone
    I have a multi fuel enclosed log burner are these brackettes ok for this type of burner

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    • Liz Foulds

      You can use these logs as a substitute for logs, it is very much a personal choice. Some customers prefer to mix with wood while other customers chose to burn them on their own. They are not on the DEFRA approved list of smoke controlled fuels at present. You can use the brackettes in closed door appliances.

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