Buying logs online? To buy Seasoned or Kiln Dried Logs – the burning question?
We believe you should buy Kiln Dried over Seasoned Logs; here are the reasons why…
The essential characteristic to good wood for your stove or open fire is, it being low in moisture content. This ensures the wood burns to its hottest potential without the distraction of moisture getting in the way resulting in low burn temperatures/less heat. Seasoned logs available to buy often contain moisture.
A tell tale sign that your Seasoned Logs contains too much moisture is the glass on your stove getting black quickly…and let’s face it, why let that happen because we all like to be mesmerised watching the flames of a fire, or is that just me? When trees are alive they naturally draw moisture from the ground meaning once the wood has been chopped and prepared, it needs time time to dry out. This is where the term ‘seasoned wood’ comes from.
Truth be told however, wood may be advertised as seasoned, but often it’s not been dried out for long enough. Hotter summer months are best for drying out wood, however hot months are limited (especially in the UK) and some wood types take longer than others to dry out. e.g. the ash wood species can take best part of 2 years to dry and oak even longer … up to 4 years!
So in a nutshell, seasoned firewood can be somewhat unreliable in terms of quality. The major benefit of ‘Kiln Dried’ firewood is that it’s consistent. Modern kilns feature heat controls and timers (not too dissimilar to your oven at home).
Here’s how the process works:
- The moist/undried wood is put in the kiln.
- Temperature and time is set on the kiln in accordance with the wood species type.
- Wood is removed only once the moisture content is below a certain threshold therefore ready.
- Voila! Your wood is done and ready for your stove or open fire to indulge.
Hopefully, we’ve helped you understand the benefit of buying Kiln Dried Logs.
Please take some time to check out the Kiln Dried Logs and other products we have on offer … hopefully we’ve educated you to buy Kiln Dried over Seasoned logs.