28 Mar 2011 03:03:30
Saving the planet – eco-friendly Hayling
A new Hayling Island business is blazing a trail in home fuels that are good for people and great for the planet!
Feb 2011 Hayling Island :: A new business, EKO-LOGFUEL.co.uk Ltd based on Hayling has developed and is bringing to the UK a truly unique alternative to using wood or fossil fuels to heat the home, use in stoves and fire-pits.
Rob Budd, an island resident, says "Our product is rather simple, a 100% natural plant waste material compressed into briquettes that can be burnt in any application that a normal wood log would be used. The raw material is rice husk, this is the outer shell that grows around every grain of rice and is removed in the rice processing industry and then is classed as a waste by-product of rice production. There are no hidden additives, no chemicals; simply nothing is added to our manufacturing process at all other than biomass plant waste material and compression pressure to form the logs. The logs are carbon neutral, 100% natural, 100% sustainable as a fuel source, produced entirely from waste material that has no other use".
They are cleaner and easier to use than logs or coal, the ash makes a fantastic fertiliser, they burn hotter and for longer, with less carbon dioxide emissions than normal logs. The Eko-logs contain less than 7% moisture and so are a much more efficient fuel than natural logs at between 25% and 40% moisture content depending upon seasoning.
The use of Eko-logs is the same as normal logs, the fire should be started with kindling and once lit the logs can either be broken to smaller pieces or placed on the fire whole as you would with logs. Approximate burn time per kilo is 45 mins (of course depending upon core heat and size of fire), therefore the 6 pack will burn for approx 6.5 hours at full intensity.
The official certification bears testimony to Eko-log's burning efficiency, showing that it derives more heat than normal firewood, yet at the same time emits a huge 20% less carbon dioxide. In addition, the actual burning process of Eko-Log, not only produces less smoke, lower general emissions and slightly lower carbon dioxide levels, but interestingly the carbon dioxide emissions are minimal compared to other fuels due to the lower sulphur content of the finished logs.
Being a more cost-effective alternative to logs or indeed coal, they give off less smoke and ash and have no environmental consequences or implications to bear. They yield a waste by-product with an associated value, as a fertilizer and in short, remain simply a more sustainable and consistent product for all markets, proving a truly environmentally-friendly product which outperforms more environmentally-damaging, traditional firewood fuel sources.
For further information, pictures or verification data [certificates] please contact Rob Budd.