They are all cut from sustainable British hardwood and are thoroughly dry. The logs are air-dried first and finished off in a wood fired kiln. Kiln dried logs burn hotter than seasoned logs and burn efficiently with less smoke keeping your stove glass and chimney clean with less soot deposits. I have used these logs for the last eight years and find them to be clean dry and nice to handle and they have a great slightly toasted fresh-from-the-kiln smell.
Why buy kiln dried hardwood logs or firewood ?
I have worked with Certainly Wood for the past eight years as a favourite source for our kiln dried logs from Madley, in Hereford. Nic Snell and his brother George virtually invented the system now used so widely for kiln drying there exquisite firewood. I choose them for their high quality logs, consistent reliability and all round Britishness. I think as consumers we are increasingly turning to sustainable wood in the search for environmentally friendly renewable energy resources. Certainly Wood provides premier kiln dried firewood, kindling and log stores. The benefits of kiln dried wood are considerable: The drying process has come on a long way from the early days and is now all dried using biomass kilns using their own wood waste, it is a fantastic set up and all sustainably sourced from home grown hardwoods in their local area. This firewood ticks all the boxes for me in terms of the requirements I have to keep my stove burning hot, clean and with a clear flue for safety.
Kiln dried firewood
- Generates greater heat output
- Better fuel efficiency
- More economical
- Minimum stove and flue problems
What’s in your stove, know your wood ….
Certainly Wood only supplies hardwoods sourced from local sustainable British woodland. Trees are cut as part of the natural thinning process to generate more light and a better environment for the remaining trees.
Freshly harvested wood contains a naturally high amount of water, between 65-90% depending on the species. Removing the water is known as seasoning. This term suggests a period of time, and for natural air drying up to two years is recommended.
All our wood is cut into small logs as soon as possible and stored under cover in cages to maximize drying. To make sure the wood is really dry we finish it off in our drying machine.
When buying wood, consider the cost per kilowatt of energy. Using suppliers selling fresh cut firewood may seem more convenient, but unless you can stack and store this to go through the seasoning process of two summers in a light and airy wood shed it will always be damp and hard to burn with little heat and a great deal of smoke and smouldering.The extra logs required (possibly more than three times as many) to produce the equivalent heat output, are a considerable waste of money, labour, transport and storage.
This is because the fire has to put energy into drying the logs before they burn, as we all know water will put out a fire so the water from the tree suppresses the heat and just gives of smoke which is just unburned carbon. Whilst open fires have a strong attraction, wet wood in an open fire is even more inefficient compared to wood burning stoves and it is difficult to get sufficient draw to dry the wood from the fire below.
Wood differs from other fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil because it is part of the carbon/carbon neutral cycle. Although the fuels produce CO2, trees absorb CO2 and store it as carbon which makes up half the weight of the tree. When the wood is burned it releases only the same amount back into the atmosphere, exactly the same as if the tree was left to rot.
Wet Logs = More water = Less heat
For perfect drying conditions the logs should be stored in a dry airy store, allowing plenty of air flow around the logs. For further information or to discuss sustainable kiln dried firewood energy solutions please do not hesitate to contact us.