FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why Ekologs?

By processing waste created by the timber industry we are manufacturing firewood from a raw material which would otherwise go into landfill or be burned for no purpose. Our process harnesses heat energy so that you the user gain the maximum benefit with the least harm to the environment.

How does it work?

We collect the sawmill waste and dry it to a moisture level of approx 10%. The material is then mechanically compressed an extruded through a die in a continuous log. During this compression heat is generated (up to 220 C) and the lignins in the wood literally melt. As they cool in the extruded log they act as a natural binder which holds our Ekologs together.

Are any glues used?

There are no additives in our process. Ekologs are therefore a perfect BBQ Fuel or Smoker Fuel.

How long will Ekologs burn for?

This is difficult to answer. This is due to the human factor which we cannot control. If a fire is run inefficiently all fuels will in turn burn at different rates - either too quickly or smolder too slowly.

If a fire is burned correctly Ekologs will burn for longer that an equivalent sized pieces of traditional firewood. In some instances we have noted burn times of up to 20% longer but this is dependent on the quality of the wood we are comparing Ekologs with.

How hot do they burn?

As we have removed most of the moisture in Ekologs there is less energy used in burning off the moisture content in traditional firewood. Our briquettes are between 5 & 10% moisture where firewood from a wood yard must be less than 20% Moisture for use in a current season.

As less heat energy is used in boiling off the water retained in the fuel more heat is created and at a quicker rate.

Does Wood Briquettes burn for as long as regular logs would?

Thisquestion is an interesting one. The answer is it depends.

Our briquettes are Densified and formed into 90mmx90mm logs. They will burn in a similar way to a 90mmx90mm piece of wood that is completely dry.

Traditional firewood is usually 20% Moisture this means that the first 15-20 mins of burning needs more airflow to burn off the moisture in the wood. The moisture reduces the heat output and speeds up the burning time. With a wood Briquette the fire gets away quicker providing heat quicker and so the air dampener can be adjusted down earlier. This results in a longer burn time and higher heat output from a Densified wood briquette in a slow combustion wood heater.

If you are burning in an open fireplace there will be no difference in burn time but there will be a far greater heat output. ( approx. 20% more heat). In energy terms Traditional Firewood has a value of 4000 Kj per kg and Wood Briquettes have a value of 4800 Kj per kg.

If you are comparing our wood briquettes to a large piece of 20% Moisture bushwood say 150mm x 150mm and a foot long. The wood will burn longer but the heat output will be lower and if you burn bushwood in a low air environment it will only be forming charcoal and possibly be blocking your chimney.

What are humates and why are they so important?

Everyone Knows What Happens When Soil Becomes Depleted Yields drop.

Crops become more susceptible to disease and weaker stock is an open invitation for pests to move in.

Crucial to life,humates restore the natural balance in soil necessary for optimal plant growth, and provide the foundation for plant vigor. Humates are highly concentrated, natural organic humus, formed through the biological breakdown of plant life over millions of years. Today we mine those rich remains to give your soil a concentrated source of naturally occurring humus. Its biochemically active humic acid content and the complex process of organic complexing, along with increased microbial activity, make the minerals and trace elements which are necessary for growth readily available to your plants.