Research The Supplier:
Checking that the company is accredited by the Woodsure ‘Ready To Burn’ Scheme is the easiest way to do this. This scheme rigorously monitors the firewood that these companies are selling to give you piece of mind that the logs you receive will be of high quality. Other ways to check for a reliable supplier is to read reviews, ask for recommendations, and research the supplier’s practices.
Choose Kiln-Dried,Hardwood Logs:
We would always recommend opting for hardwood species like ash, oak, beech, or birch. Hardwoods burn longer, produce more heat, and create less creosote build up in chimneys compared to softwoods. So not only do you get a a greater heat output, you are protecting and prolonging the life span of you appliance.
Check Moisture Content:
Kiln-dried logs should have a moisture content of around 20% or lower. Moisture inhibits the combustion process, so instead of outputting heat, the energy is working hard to dry the wood out as its is burning. This can lead smokiness which is toxic for the environment and our health.
Uniform Size and Shape:
Look for logs that are cut and split to uniform lengths and sizes. This ensures consistent burning and easier stacking as well. It is also useful to have log sizes best suited to the size of your logs burner. At Nene Firewood Firewood, we sell our logs in a variety of quantities and logs sizes to to give our customers greater options.
Clean and Pest-Free:
Ensure the logs are clean and free from dirt, debris, and pests. Avoid logs that have visible signs of insect infestations or damage.
Whenever possible, choose locally sourced kiln-dried logs. Local suppliers may offer fresher wood that is well-suited to your climate. It also doesn’t have to travel hundreds of unnecessary miles to reach your doorstep.
Price vs. Quality:
While price is a consideration, try and prioritize quality over the cheapest option. Well-dried, high-quality logs will burn more efficiently and reduce the maintenance needs of your heating appliance.
If you’re trying a new supplier, consider making a small trial purchase before committing to a larger quantity. This will allow you to evaluate the quality of the logs before making a bigger investment.
By evaluating these factors and choosing kiln-dried logs that meet your requirements, you can ensure a more enjoyable and efficient heating experience while minimizing the environmental impact and maintenance of your heating appliance.