Frequently Asked Questions
Can I burn HOTMAX in a stove or woodburner designed only for wood?
Yes, but please remember that HOTMAX has a high usable energy content and can generate very high temperatures if burnt in large quantities with no control of the airflow. For this reason we recommend you start by using a little at a time, and control the air flow until you are familiar with Hotmax’s performance.
Can I burn HOTMAX in a multi fuel stove?
Yes, but with the same caution to begin with that we recommend above.
Can I burn HOTMAX in an open fire?
Yes, but once again we recommend that you start using it cautiously.
Can I burn HOTMAX in a smokeless fuel area?
Yes you can, in an approved appliance.
How much HOTMAX do you need to put on? Is a pellet equal to a log?
The usable heat content of HOTMAX is equivalent to that of a kiln-dried log of the same weight. (Please note that HOTMAX is likely to be denser and therefore heavier by volume than most types of dry wood. Therefore a smaller amount of HOTMAX is generally needed to generate the same heat as a larger amount of wood.) Typically HOTMAX will burn faster than a log because the structure of the product is such that it releases its heat faster. For this reason you will get the most efficient heat output from HOTMAX in a quality woodburner with good air control that allows you to regulate the speed at which it burns.
How long will it keep?
In a low-humidity environment with no direct exposure to sunlight an unopened bag of HOTMAX will keep indefinitely. In practice most wood stores do not provide this environment, so we recommend keeping HOTMAX for no longer than one year. If you keep it in a damp environment, it will absorb moisture and expand.