Oh my! I have been burning traditional wood for some time. However during the current cold snap and rainy weather we ran out! I panicked because we heat with wood and have, not to great, electric baseboard for heat backup. We picked up some of these bio blocks and I am truly hooked. They are easy to use. Burn nice and hot. Even the kids can use them. When I say feed the fire it’s sure! No complaining. I will never go back to wood. What a mess. And no ash (well nothing compared to wood) ?!?! Boy what a surprise. I can’t wait to just buy a few pallets of this and be good all winter.