Irish Peat - Have you got the luck of the Irish?

Irish Peat Bog

If you’re new to the world of natural heating sources, you may not be aware that peat can be used to create a fabulous fire. It’s virtually smokeless, and has a very unique, earthy smell when you burn it. Don’t head out to your garden and shovel barrow loads of soil into your burner though – peat isn't just normal soil. It’s been processed to give you the very best results. The Irish call it “black gold”, so why not give this little known fuel a go in your fire?

Peat is really just decomposed vegetation, which has become a soil like substance. Over in Ireland, peat is just called “turf”, and has been used as a source of energy and heat for as long as records go back. Not only used in domestic homes for heating and cooking, peat also fuels the power stations which are keeping Ireland moving. A great alternative to timber, it comes from the many bogs you’ll find throughout Ireland. It is harvested by a process called “cutting”, which has been going on for centuries. Before modern mechanisation, the poor farmer had to manually cut chunks of peat out of the ground with just a hoe. Thankfully, times have changed, and now peat is farmed with the help of a tractor and cutting attachment.

Irish Peat Briquettes Irish Peat Briquettes

Once the peat is collected by the tractor, it’s processed by a shredder, and put into brick moulds. Pressure is applied to the bricks, which squeezes out any moisture, and any remaining water or liquid is then removed with the aid of heat and further pressure. The bricks are now called “briquettes”, and this slow burning source of heat is ready to be burned on your fire.

With St Patrick’s Day coming up on Thursday March 17th, there’s never been a better time to see if the luck of the Irish comes your way with some of our Irish peat briquettes. They come in an easy to break bale, allowing you to choose exactly how much to add to your fire, so it’s a great way to save money on the amount of fuel you burn.