Brackenburn creates renewable biofuel to burn in the home

by | Feb 18, 2018 | Product News, Products | 0 comments


With an investigation looming into whether burning wood is bad for the environment, Brackenburn is helping shoppers looking for ways to stay warm with a clean conscience.

The link between burning wood and air pollution arises when the wood is wet.? Wet wood makes stoves and open fires work at a lower temperature, meaning less fuel is fully burnt and more escapes as soot.

To help, there?s a certification scheme in place to identify and promote dried wood ? but the team at Brackenburn think they can do even better.

Based in Somerset, they harvest bracken from the surrounding countryside, before drying it, cutting it and compressing it into ?Brackettes?.

Barry Smith, one of Brackenburn?s directors, commented: ?Wood doesn?t have to be dripping to be classed as ?wet?.? For dried wood suppliers to display a ?Ready to Burn? certification mark, they must prove that the moisture content of their product is no more than 20%.

?Our ?Brackettes? contain just 14% moisture or less and burn hotter and longer than oak, as well as producing less smoke in the process.?

Harvesting bracken increases the biodiversity of the local area and helps all kinds of flora and fauna to flourish ? not to mention the trees that are being saved along the way.

And in more good news for gardeners, the residue leftover after burning contains two and a half times as much potash as wood ash ? rich in potassium and perfect for fertilising plants.

Borne out of a conversation between a local farmer and the Senior Warden of the Mendip Hills, Brackenburn has gone on to receive backing from Centrica, the West of England Growth Fund and a local social enterprise.

Combined with their own investment, this has helped the team to grow the business and go on to sell ?Brackettes? nationwide.

A 10kg recyclable bag contains 10 ?Brackettes? ? RRP ?6.99.

more latest news ➡

Klondyke Group announces Outdoor Living showcase

Klondyke Group’s Outdoor Living Showcase

A sprinkling of Sherbert through the Cottage garden; the simplicity and calmness of Urban Nature through to the mood and mystery of Moroccan Delights; these were amongst the main themes revealed at the Klondyke Group's Outdoor Living Showcase Event hosted this week...

GCA BoT results show garden projects on the up

January’s GCA BoT results reveal rise in garden projects

Hard landscaping topped the sales table in the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report for January 2024 with hardy plants, seeds and bulbs also doing well. Figures recorded by GCA member garden centres last month show a good start to the...

Rising stars nominations deadline 1 March

March 1 deadline for Rising Stars nominations

The GCA is urging members to get their 2024 Rising Stars nominations in by March 1 to help showcase and develop the industry’s most talented individuals this year. The Westland Horticulture sponsored programme offers those who participate the chance to be mentored...

Handy drops new catalogue for 2024 season

Handy unveils the latest gardening and DIY products

British garden manufacturer Handy has announced the arrival of its new catalogue and Monthly Dealer Promotions Calendar, both designed to provide retailers with valuable increased margins on a wide range of gardening and DIY products and ensure they have everything...

HTA shows caution for garden retailers

Garden Centres cautious despite good start to year

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) releases its February monthly market update, which shows that despite the UK economy's recently announced recession, garden retail continues to show some green shoots to kick off the year. The resilience is a continuity of...

Read GCR's latest edition!
Read GCR's latest Made in Britain Supplement!

Subscribe ToThe Wednesday Word

Subscribe To
The Wednesday Word


Get all the latest news, events & more straight to your inbox every Wednesday.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This