SUCCESSFUL WOOD BURNING
Whether you burn wood in a fireplace or stove, good-quality firewood is the key to convenience, efficiency and safety. Wet wood and pieces that are not the right size and shape for your wood burner can be frustrating, burn inefficiently and leave tarry deposits that can result in a dangerous chimney fire.
Reasons to burn kiln-dried logs
- Kiln-dried firewood logs can be used immediately.
- They have a moisture content of less than 20% – with less moisture, less energy is required to burn it off, and therefore these logs burn hotter than other logs.
- They provide a clean burn with maximum heat output.
- They are easy to light and will last longer than seasoned logs.
- Dried firewood helps to extend the use of your chimney.
- Your chimney will be cleaner for longer.
- The wood is a multi-functional, safe and efficient fuel that is ideal for use on open fires, wood burners, cookers and multi-fuel stoves.
Reasons for NOT burning seasoned or unseasoned logs
- Firewood with a moisture content higher than 20% will burn, but it will be hard to light and keep burning.
- It will make a lot of smoke.
- You need to allow time for drying before you can use it.
- The logs weigh much more than kiln-dried logs, so you will need to buy more seasoned logs to get the same amount of heat. In other words, you’re buying more water too.
- Seasoned and unseasoned logs occupy more space as you need to store them under cover for a long time before use, usually over 12 months.
- Unseasoned logs can be used on an open fire, but not in a closed stove. This can lead to severe damage because the temperature is not sufficient to burn off the sap contained in the wood, which then builds up on the inside of your appliance as a tar condensate.
- You need to factor in the cost of regularly cleaning your chimney.
On balance, choosing kiln-dried logs will save you money.
Is my firewood dry?
Use a moisture meter. Moisture content should be 15–20%.
There should be visible cracks on the end of the log.
Dry wood burns cleanly.
How much firewood will I need per season?
It depends on many factors:
- how often you use your stove
- the efficiency of your stove
- the efficiency of your property insulation
- the weather outside
On average our customers burn about 3 m3 of firewood per season. Remember, if you burn seasoned or unseasoned firewood, most likely you will use twice as much.