Kiln Dried Logs – 100% British Hardwood

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Frequently asked questions

 

What are kiln dried logs?

Kiln drying logs is a wood drying process that is much more rapid than the traditional seasoning process. When logs are cut from trees, they contain high levels of moisture meaning it takes months, seasons or even years to dry them out. Conventionally, logs have always been stored in a shelter and naturally aired over time (known as seasoned logs).

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What are the benefits of kiln drying?

Baking logs in a kiln can quickly reduce moisture. Cast iron kilns are capable of drying logs within a matter of hours. Hardwood species such as Oak or Ash tend to take longer to dry out due to their wood density, so using a kiln can ensure moisture is reduced to an acceptable level for burning.

The general standard for kiln dried logs is to contain less than 20% moisture. Because of this, they light easily and tend to burn hotter than logs with a higher moisture content. Kiln dried logs are also commonly referred to as ‘ready to burn logs’.

What species are your logs?

Our bags contain premium, kiln dried hardwood logs that have been sustainably sourced from British woodland.

We do not target specific wood species for the purpose of sustainability, our bulk bags mostly contain Ash, Beech and Oak which packs a punch when it comes to heat, so you’ll be getting value for money.

How are your logs processed?

  1. Our hardwood is sustainably sourced from British woodland.
  2. Hardwood trunks are loaded onto a truck and transported to a sawmill to be processed.
  3. The logs are then cut and split using machinery that is powered by electricity, supplemented by solar power.
  4. Once the logs have been cut, they are put into a red-hot kiln to reduce moisture content (making them even drier than regular seasoned logs).
  5. After the logs have been toasted in the kiln, they are tested by quality control to make sure they contain less than 20% moisture (logs don’t burn very well when they contain too much moisture).
  6. These incredibly dry logs are then sorted into different sizes and bagged up ready to be delivered to any mainland UK address.

How many logs should I order?

All stoves and open fires are different, however we’ve put together some estimations for different use-types:

For occasional use, you’ll most likely need either the 30 bag pallet or the 0.8m3 bulk bag. The bulk bag is equivalent to 24 small bags or nets of logs.

For moderate use (2-3 fires per week), either the 50 bag pallet or the 1.2m3 bulk bag will most likely suit your needs. The bulk bag is equivalent to 36 small bags or nets of logs.

For regular use (fires most nights per week), we recommend buying either the 70 bag pallet or 1.6m3 bulk bag. The bulk bag is equivalent to 48 small bags or nets of logs.

Generally the more logs you buy the better value for money your purchase is.

What are your delivery options?

During the checkout process you are able to book your delivery day. There is no need to be at your address to accept delivery (provided the load can be left in a safe place on private property). Your premium logs will be delivered between 9am-6pm on your desired day, unless you select a timeslot.

How are your logs delivered?

Your order will be delivered from a lorry with a tail lift. On arrival your logs will be lowered from the lorry, then maneuvered using a pallet truck.

If you have an extremely narrow road or difficult access, we recommend flagging this on the order form. Upon receiving the order we will check to see if there is likely to be a problem and if so, contact you right away.

Why is a bulk  log delivery the best value?

Whilst Homebase, B&Q and Aldi sell reasonable logs, buying in small quantities works out more expensive than buying in bulk.

Buying small qualities of wrapped logs also creates an unnecessary level of waste, compared to buying in a large bulk bag.

Option to recycle the packaging.

When you buy from us, you will get the option to return the bulk bag, so it can be reused.

Our service standards.

We offer a money back guarantee and all queries will be responded to within 12 hours. If you have any questions, just send us an email and we will do our absolute best to help you. We strive to offer a 5 star service. You can see what our customers say via our independent review facility.

What is the definition of seasoned firewood?

Seasoned firewood is logs that have been left out to dry for at least one season. This is the natural and traditional way to ‘air dry’ logs. Seasoned logs are stored undercover with good exposure to air to aid the conventional drying process.

Softwood takes less time to dry out than hardwood. Most hardwood species can take more than a few seasons to reach the low moisture levels required for reliable burning.

Is kiln dried wood better than regular logs?

Absolutely. Kiln dried logs are a better, more reliable choice than seasoned logs. Whilst some seasoned logs can be great, their moisture levels can be inconsistent.

The beauty of kiln dried logs is that when logs are put into a kiln for a set time, at a specific temperature, it will ensure moisture levels are always below 20% – perfect for your wood burning stove or open fire.

With seasoned logs, the drying process is dependant on them being dried over a longer period of time. As the demand for logs goes up, it may be tempting for some suppliers to sell wood that isn’t quite ready for burning.

What are the benefits of kiln dried wood?

The benefit of choosing wood that has been through a kiln drying process is that the logs will light easily and kick out more heat whilst they are burning. The low moisture levels of these logs also means that you can restrict the air flown within your stove for a slow and more reliable burn.

Can you store kiln dried logs outside?

Yes, kiln dried logs can be stored outside. We recommend storing under shelter such as in a wood store, shed or a greenhouse. Even if your kiln dried logs do get slightly damp, they will most likely remain relatively dry internally and will still be suitable for burning.

If your logs are looking damp, we recommend bringing in a batch that you intend to burn the night before you need them. This will help eradicate any external moisture. Seasoned logs are more prone to re-absorbing moisture whereas kiln drying actually helps seal the logs and prevent moisture re-entering them.

Does kiln dried wood shrink?

Any wood that is freshly cut from a living tree will be full of moisture. Whilst a tree is alive, litres of sap and water will move through its wood with moisture moving from the roots to its branches and leaves.

Once the logs have been cut from the tree, they will gradually lose moisture and shrink naturally. Kiln drying speeds up this process. Generally, if the moisture levels have been taken to below 20%, the wood will not shrink much more than they would naturally.

Does kiln dried wood burn longer?

Kiln dried logs can burn longer than regular seasoned logs when used in a wood burning stove. This is because the kiln drying process leaves the logs so dry, your stove can be set to restrict the oxygen intake to the minimum setting (meaning you get a slower, longer burn from your logs).

Can firewood be too dry?

Softwood species such as pine can be too dry if their moisture levels are below 20% as they will burn incredibly quickly. For obvious reasons, this sort of wood isn’t suitable for stoves and open fires because they will need constant attention and refuelling in order to maintain heat. Dried hardwood is the best choice for wood burners as it will burn slower due to having a higher density than softwood.

What’s the best wood to burn?

For starting a fire – kiln dried softwood makes the best kindling because it catches fire easily and will create large flames that are needed to spread fire across logs or coal.

To keep the fire going – kiln dried hardwood is the best option to use as a continuous source of fuel once a fire has been established. Hardwood species like Ash, Oak or Beech are ideal for firewood logs.