Hints & Tips
How to get the most heat for longer out of your log burner.
ALWAYS BURN DRY LOGS
Freshly felled wood contains up to 60% moisture content and will not burn effectively, producing steam & tar instead of heat. All timber needs to be dried to at least 25% through seasoning before burning, however the drier the logs the better they will burn. All our firewood is guaranteed to have the correct average moisture content at the centre of the log.
STORAGE OF SEASONED & PART SEASONED WOOD
Keep in a well ventilated area with free flowing air, off the ground and with protection from rain.
The logs need to be 25% moisture content in the centre of the log to burn effectively.
The log ends will begin to crack and be noticeably lighter. When tapped together the logs should give a hollow sound not a dull thud. We make log stores to fit, contact us for more information.
STORAGE OF KILN DRIED WOOD
Can be completely covered although still happy stacked outside off the ground with protection from rain. With an average of 20% moisture content at the centre of the log these are the driest you can buy.
SOFTWOOD AND HARDWOOD
Softwoods such as larch, spruce, cedar and pine are less dense than hardwood, they burn hotter and quicker which is great for getting your fire up to temperature quickly.
Hardwoods such as beech, ash, oak and sycamore burn for longer at a slower pace.
Try our half and half loads and find out what works best for you.
All stoves are designed to burn at the optimum temperature, the temptation is often to load the stove before bed and shut the vents down. This can result is the logs smouldering and not burning effectively. The gases condense in the chimney or flue leading to tar build up a cause of chimney fires and corrosion.
We would recommend the fire is allowed to burn out at optimum temperature at the end of the evening.