What type of wood should you buy? And how do you know if the wood you order will fit your particular stove? Here’s some tips to demystify your log types and sizing questions.
Kiln Dried, Hardwood or Softwood Logs?
Kiln Dried Firewood
Kiln dried firewood is a top quality product which is the best option if you want to get maximum heat output from your stove or fireplace. Because it has been in the kiln it is very dry and so when burnt it uses very little of the heat produced to evaporate excess moisture in the log.
All our Kiln dried wood is hardwood and from FSC certified woodlands, we only use Ash and Birch because they both burn and dry out well. Once cut and split it is then loaded into big kilns which are heated by burning waste wood. By blasting hot air through the logs they heat up and give out moisture quickly, this process takes about 7 days and the logs are removed from the kilns when the logs get to just below 20% moisture content.
We store the kiln dried firewood in one of our weather proof barns and deliver them in enclosed vans meaning they arrive at customers dry and ready to burn. We always carry big stocks so we can keep our customers supplied all year round whenever they need a log delivery.
Our seasoned Hardwood is always sourced from Local FSC certified forestry or from our own plantation or woodland. Trees are thinned out making more space and light for others to grow.
We then pile the timber up in the field for a minimum of 1 year. The farm is on a hill so we have a very windy site which very much aids the drying process. We then bring the hardwood into the processing yard where it is put through our firewood processor into a big grain trailer (on a good day we can cut and split 15 tonnes). Then the logs are tipped loose into one of the 5 big agricultural barns, which are all open fronted to give good ventilation. Over the next 9 months the firewood is rotated and dries quickly to about 20% moisture. we have found this process gives us quality seasoned firewood and with over 1500 tons of hardwood on the farm we can keep our customers supplied all year round.
We then pack the logs into boxes ready for local firewood deliveries. When we get to customers houses we always offer to stack the logs for free. We sell predominantly Ash, Beech, Birch, Sycamore, Oak and Hornbeam these species all burn well and produce good heat.
Our seasoned softwood is always sourced from sustainable FSC certified forestry or from our own farm. We use predominantly Larch or Scots pine which is stacked for a year in a windy location. This removes a certain amount of the moisture from the wood.
We then bring the Softwood into the processing yard where it is put through our firewood processor into a big grain trailer (on a good day we can cut and split 15 tonnes). Then the logs are tipped loose into one of the 5 big agricultural barns, which are all open fronted to give good ventilation. Over the next 9 months the firewood is rotated and dries quickly to about 20% moisture. we have found this process gives us quality seasoned firewood and with over 200 tons of softwood on the farm we can keep our customers supplied all year round.
Softwood is very easy wood to use it lights well and gives a good flame. When properly dried out it burns brightly and is often a good idea to mix it with Hardwood. Softwood is best used in a log burner because it can crackle and spit a bit more than hardwood. We would always recommend trying Softwood as a cheaper option, it is a very popular wood fuel in the Scandinavian countries.
Log lengths at Nene Valley Firewood
Generally our firewood is cut to approximately 9 inch/23 cm, and should fit most stove sizes.
But if you’re not sure and need advice about anything wood related we can help.
We are very flexible so always ring us or contact us online, to discuss your personal requirements.