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What Are Eco-Firelighters?

Eco-firelighters are an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional fire starters. They are used to ignite fires in a clean, efficient, and sustainable manner. Here are some key aspects that define eco-firelighters:


  • Natural Ingredients: Made from renewable resources such as wood wool (shredded wood), wax, or other plant-based materials.
  • Chemical-Free: They are free from petrochemicals, paraffin, and other toxic substances commonly found in traditional firelighters.


  • Environmentally Friendly: Being made from sustainable materials, they have a lower environmental impact compared to conventional firelighters.
  • Clean Burning: They produce minimal smoke and soot, reducing indoor air pollution and contributing to a cleaner burn.
  • Safe to Use: Non-toxic and safe to handle, making them ideal for households with children and pets.
  • Versatile: Suitable for starting fires in wood stoves, fireplaces, barbecues, and campfires.

How They Work:

  1. Placement: Place one or two eco-firelighters at the base of your firewood or charcoal.
  2. Ignition: Light the eco-firelighter with a match or lighter.
  3. Burn: They ignite quickly and burn steadily, providing a reliable flame to start your fire.

Why Choose Eco-Firelighters from Hillside Woodfuels?

  • Sustainable Sourcing: Our eco-firelighters are made from responsibly sourced materials.
  • High Performance: Designed to provide a strong, long-lasting flame to ensure your fire starts easily every time.
  • Eco-Friendly Packaging: Packaged in recyclable materials to further minimize environmental impact.

By choosing eco-firelighters, you are opting for a greener, safer, and more efficient way to light your fires, supporting both your needs and the environment.

What is Wood Wool?

Wood wool, also known as excelsior, is a natural, fibrous material made from fine wood shavings. It is commonly used in various applications, including packaging, insulation, and as an eco-friendly firelighter. Here's a detailed look at wood wool:

Key Characteristics:

  • Material: Typically made from softwood, such as pine or spruce, which is shaved into thin, curly strands.
  • Texture: Lightweight, fluffy, and airy with a somewhat coarse texture.
  • Natural: 100% biodegradable and free from chemicals and additives.

Uses of Wood Wool:

  1. Eco-Firelighters: Wood wool is often combined with natural wax to create efficient and environmentally friendly firelighters. These firelighters ignite quickly and burn cleanly.
  2. Packaging: Used as a protective material for delicate items, wood wool cushions and supports products during shipping, reducing the risk of damage.
  3. Insulation: Provides a natural insulation material in buildings, helping to regulate temperature and reduce noise.
  4. Crafts and Decorations: Used in floral arrangements, gift baskets, and other decorative purposes due to its rustic appearance and natural feel.

Benefits of Wood Wool:

  • Sustainable: As a byproduct of the wood industry, it makes use of leftover materials that would otherwise go to waste.
  • Eco-Friendly: Biodegradable and compostable, making it an environmentally friendly choice for various applications.
  • Versatile: Its lightweight and flexible nature makes it suitable for a wide range of uses.

Why Wood Wool is Ideal for Firelighters:

  • Quick Ignition: The fine, curly strands catch fire easily, making it an excellent material for starting fires.
  • Consistent Burn: When combined with natural wax, wood wool firelighters burn steadily, providing a reliable flame to ignite larger pieces of wood or charcoal.
  • Minimal Residue: Burns cleanly with minimal smoke and ash, contributing to a cleaner and more enjoyable fire experience.

At Hillside Woodfuels, our eco-firelighters made from wood wool and natural wax are a perfect example of how this versatile material can be used to create an efficient and sustainable product.

Uses and Applications of Wood Wool/Eco-Firelighters

Who Uses Them?

  • Homeowners: People with fireplaces, wood stoves, or fire pits use eco-firelighters to easily start their fires.
  • Campers and Outdoor Enthusiasts: Ideal for starting campfires and barbecue grills in outdoor settings.
  • Restaurants and Caterers: Professional kitchens and caterers use eco-firelighters for outdoor events and barbecue setups.
  • Environmental Advocates: Individuals who prioritize eco-friendly and sustainable products.

When Are They Used?

  • All Year Round: Eco-firelighters are used throughout the year, particularly during colder months for heating and during summer for barbecues and campfires.
  • Special Occasions: Used during camping trips, outdoor parties, and family gatherings where a fire is needed for warmth, cooking, or ambiance.

Why Use Eco-Firelighters?

  • Eco-Friendly: Made from natural, renewable materials, they minimize environmental impact.
  • Clean and Safe: Produce minimal smoke and harmful emissions, making them safer for indoor use.
  • Convenient: Easy to use, store, and handle, they simplify the process of starting a fire.
  • Reliable: Provide a consistent and strong flame, ensuring a quick and effective ignition of larger firewood or charcoal.

How to Use Eco-Firelighters:

  1. Preparation: Gather your firewood or charcoal and place it in your fireplace, stove, or fire pit.
  2. Placement: Position one or two eco-firelighters at the base of the wood or charcoal pile.
  3. Ignition: Light the eco-firelighter with a match or lighter.
  4. Burn: Allow the eco-firelighter to burn, igniting the surrounding wood or charcoal.

What For?

  • Home Heating: Used in fireplaces and wood stoves to provide warmth and ambiance in homes.
  • Cooking: Essential for starting barbecues and grills, ensuring a quick and even ignition of charcoal.
  • Outdoor Fires: Perfect for campfires, bonfires, and fire pits, providing a reliable fire source for outdoor activities.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Useful for emergency kits, ensuring a dependable way to start a fire in survival situations.

Where to Use Them:

  • Indoors: Safe for use in home fireplaces and wood stoves.
  • Outdoors: Ideal for use in gardens, patios, campsites, and any outdoor cooking or heating setup.
  • Commercial Settings: Restaurants, catering events, and outdoor venues that require efficient fire-starting solutions.

By choosing eco-firelighters from Hillside Woodfuels, customers ensure a sustainable, efficient, and hassle-free way to ignite their fires, whether at home or in the great outdoors.