Once upon a time, you couldn’t walk into an Irish home without spying a stack of peat briquettes. Although not quite as popular as they once were, peat briquettes are nonetheless still used in households with an open fire.
The history of peat briquettes stretches all the way back to World War Two. Briquettes, as we know them today, were invented to address the coal shortage during the war. The idea was to compress milled peat into the distinctive briquette shape, in the hope this peat would be an adequate substitute for coal. This provided to be very successful and briquette production continued long after the war. nBord na Mona still manufacturers briquettes. Although the last briquette factory is due to close in 2024.