This completely depends on the type of log you are purchasing. A Kiln Dried Log will have a moisture content of around 20%. A seasoned log has around 30% moisture and an unseasoned log has around 50% moisture. Remember, the dryer the better when it comes to wood fuel.
A seasoning process, including kiln drying, will dry the wood from the centre out so some rain on the exterior should not make a lot of difference to performance. However, extended exposure to the elements will increase the moisture content over time and should be avoided. To properly season logs they should be kept under cover in a well ventilated area.
An unseasoned log is one that has been freshly cut and therefore has a high moisture content of around 50%. A seasoned log will have been through a drying process over a period of time or through a purpose built kiln to reduce the moisture content to around 20%. A seasoned log will then burn more efficiently as it has less moisture to evaporate.
Burning unseasoned logs is not recommended. On an open fire it would be possible but it may create unwanted residues building up in your chimney. Similarly, on a closed appliance the extra sap contained in the wood is likely to build up on the inside as a tar condensate. We would always recommend that you make sure that you are burning properly seasoned wood, for instance Kiln Dried Logs.
To season a log you will need to cut and store the wood in a dry place for a long period of time. This is typically around a year. This should reduce the moisture contained in the wood and provide you with effective fuel for your fire. The best way to season logs would be in a purpose built log store in a well ventilated area.
The majority of logs available from us will be seasoned, and therefore will be able to be burnt immediately. If you purchase a net of logs then these will need to be self seasoned in a dry place for a period of time.
For the majority of fuel burners, hardwood logs would be the best choice. This is because they are much denser than softwood and therefore produce higher heats. Due to these higher temperatures you’ll also need less hardwood logs in order to heat a building, meaning longer refuelling intervals. However, softwood logs are very easy to light and are better suited to times where you need a lower heat, for instance autumn or spring.
Put simply, Kiln Dried Logs are the finest wood fuel that money can buy. As they are dried to low moisture levels, less than 20% on average, less energy is wasted on removing residual moisture and more is converted into heat for higher temperatures. As well as being much hotter, Kiln Dried Logs are also extremely efficient as they even burn the gases released by the wood that would usually rise up through the chimney. As they burn hotter and more efficiently than other wood, you don’t need to restock and refuel as many Kiln Dried Logs to reach your desired effect.
Using wood as your primary fuel is generally considered to be more environmentally friendly than other fossil fuels, for instance gas. As long as each tree is replaced once felled there should be no long term damage to the environment. This sustainable cycle also helps to minimise C02 reduction levels, as the C02 released when burnt should be the same as is absorbed by the tree during its lifetime.
Our wood fuel comes arrives from several different species. For hardwood, the log will either be Oak, Alder, Beech or Birch. For softwood, it will be mixed conifer softwoods.
Not at all, we specialise in bulk orders and we’re more than happy to advise you on the amount of stock you might need to meet your customers’ requirements.
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