Fiber Fuel FAQ
1) What are the Advantages of Using Fiber Fuel Bricks?
- The small compact size of the bricks allows them to stack easier than hard wood.
- The use of wood as a fuel source as opposed to fossil fuels is not only typically more economical, but it is also better for the environment. When wood is burned the only green house gases it can emit are the ones it took in while it was living, therefore the carbon foot print for burning Fiber Fuel Bricks is net zero.
- Fiber Fuel bricks are ready to use immediately after you purchase them, there is no need to season them or dry them before use. This also reduces the risk of bringing mould, insects and dirt into your house.
- Because the bricks are made from 100% kiln dried wood waste, there is much less moisture to cause improper combustion. This then lessens the risk of creosote build up in chimneys and ultimately means less risk of chimney fires. It also means that there is less ash than hard wood and reduced emissions as well.
- Unlike pellets, bricks can be used in wood stoves and therefore can continue to heat even during power outages.
- All of the bricks weigh approximately 2 pounds each. This consistent compact size makes them much safer than trying to load a hot stove or furnace with larger heavier pieces of firewood.
2) How many Fiber Fuel Bricks equal a Cord of Seasoned Hardwood?
Although there are many variables to this question, a rule of thumb is that a cord of hardwood equals 60 bags (1 pallet / 1920 lbs) of Fiber Fuel Bricks.
3) Would burning Fiber Fuel Bricks be cheaper than hardwood?
No, but it does depend on how much a person has to pay for seasoned firewood.
4) Do I need a special stove to burn these bricks?
No, they can be burnt in any well maintained wood burning appliance. However burning Fiber Fuel is different than hardwood. It takes a couple of days to get used to how the bricks burn versus hardwood. As a note one must be careful not to over fill their appliance.
5) How long does a brick burn?
There are many variables to this answer but after the initial warm up of the appliance a suitable temperature can often be achieved with the addition of 2 or 3 bricks every 80 to 100 minutes.
6) Are there any special storage instructions and what's the shelf life?
The only special storage needs are to keep it dry. If you are storing it in a damp basement it would be wise to keep it off the floor, using a pallet or scrap wood. As for the shelf, life there is no problem keeping bricks from heating season to heating season. The product is very stable and there is no worry of deterioration.
7) How is the product packaged?
Each brick weighs roughly 2 pounds, they are packaged in bags of 16 and then 60 bags to a pallet. Each pallet will weigh approximately 1920 pounds. Product can be bought by the bag or by the pallet.
8) Are Fiber Fuel Bricks bad for the environment?
No, in fact just the opposite. The raw materials made to produce these bricks are by-products from the production of other products. There is no extra fiber harvested for the sole purpose of producing bricks. Also Lewis Mouldings is a registered buyer of forest products in the province of Nova Scotia, meaning that we administer a silviculture program that replenishes the forest at an equal if not faster rate than we are depleting it. Also as with burning hardwood the carbon foot print / greenhouse gas emissions is zero, as the only carbons emitted during burning are the ones the tree took in while it was living.
9) What is the price of Fiber Fuel Bricks?
The price of bricks is specific to each of our dealers. So please take a moment to visit our dealers / contact page to locate the dealer near you. If you are unable to find a dealer near to you, please contact us directly so that we may assist you further.
10) How many BTU's does a Fiber Fuel brick produce?
One Fiber Fuel brick produces approximately 17,800 BTU's. There are 16 bricks per bag and 60 bags per pallet. One pallet of Fiber Fuel (60 bags) produces approximately 17,088,000 BTU's.