Time to Buy Logs

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Winter is soon approaching and to have peace of mind, its time to buy your firewood nice and early and have it stored ready for the winter season. We have been busy stocking your favourite firewood. We expect to be busy this December, so getting your logs now will save you having to wait up to 10 days to get your logs delivered.

 

Moisture Meters Makes Sense

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When one hears the “sizzling” sound of burning firewood, it can only mean one thing; the wood is not dry and has excessive moisture content. In some cases where the moisture reading is above 30%, one can see water bubbles escaping from the end grain as the wood burns. All this can be disheartening especially if you have spent a lot cash in buying the firewood or cleaning your chimney.

However, it does not need to be this way. If you are armed with one of our digital moisture meters, that has 4 pins for better accuracy, you can be sure that the wood you are buying is of the right moisture level, ideally anything below 20%. Simply insert the pins at the centre of the wood to get a reading. We suggest you try this with three different logs from the same batch for better accuracy.

Seasoned wood needs at least a year to get to 20% or less moisture content. Kiln Dried wood would generally have lower figures. Our Kiln Dried Ash or Fully Seasoned Ash Logs have a moisture level of 20% or less that enables one to have a trouble-free roaring fire.

 

 

Time to Order Firewood

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As summer nears its end, its time to consider purchasing firewood. It’s never too early to buy logs. Advantages of buying now include cheaper deals on offer. The fact that it is still warm would enable the logs dry out further without much effort or cost.

In addition, you can plan a delivery date that is convenient for you to store the logs.

Storing Logs

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  1. Stack the logs.

Logs should be stacked as soon as possible. Stacking should be done length-wise and possibly close to a wall but not against it. The base of the stack can be an old pallet or any old long wood. This will prevent ground water soaking into the logs.

  1. Cover the top only.

Always cover the top of the logs and angle the cover such that when it rains water does not form a pool on the cover. It also helps to have a little air gap between the cover and the logs. Do not cover the sides. This will help dry the logs better and prevent the logs from ‘sweating’.

  1.  Leave sides open

You do not need to cover the sides of the stack. This will allow wind to get through and this will allow the drying process to continue. Ideally, one side should either face the wind or sun direction.

  1. Ventilation.

If you received your order in Jumbo bulk bags. Its best remove the logs from the bags unless the bags are ventilated ones. This will prevent the logs from forming sweat condensation, which then drips off on to the logs undoing all your good work.

  1. Store logs in near the fireplace

Storing logs near the fireplace for 2-3 days before burning them allows them to dry even further. This will in turn help you get the best out of your fire.

 

 

How to keep my fire going all night

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If you do have a multi-fuel stove then it’s easier to come close to achieve this than if you have an open fire or wood burner stove. The reason for this because it’s not easy to achieve this by burning wood alone unless of course you keep adding fuel at regular intervals overnight. You will need to burn good quality coal or peat briquettes which we do now have available online. Simply add good quality smokeless coal like Excel or peat briquettes and close the top vent but open the bottom vent. I would not recommend burning coal on a stove that is designed to burn wood only but peat briquettes should be fine.

With the logs almost burning out simply add good quality smokeless coal like Excel or peat briquettes and close the top vent but the bottom vent.