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Are Firewood Crates Getting Smaller?

Over the last few years we have noticed a trend within the online firewood industry were many companies are shrinking the sizes of their large or full crates.

We have seen our main competitors reduce the size of their large crates by up to 35%, meaning the end customer who may not realise the change of dimensions will not be expecting to receive a crate much smaller than previous years.

Not only does this make the logs more expensive when it may appear cheaper, but means customers must purchase again later in the season when their logs pile runs out much sooner than normal.

Why are companies shrinking their large crates?

There are 2 reasons:

  1. Reducing the size while still referring to the crate as large/full lends to the illusion that it’s better value for money, allowing companies engaging in such tactics to compete with each other in a never-ending war of reducing the size of their crates and trying to appear cheaper than each other
  2. Costs of raw materials are rising – it is a fact as many of our customers will know that the cost of sourcing raw materials and producing kiln dried logs does increase somewhat each year, as demand for properly kiln dried logs grows. By reducing the size of crates, companies can appear to still be retaining the same value as previous years when in fact this is not the case.

Why we will never shrink the size of our large crates

We feel both these reasons for reducing the size of large crates are misleading and can only lead to unhappy and confused customers.

We know those of you who purchase large crates do so for the sheer volume of logs and value it represents in comparison to smaller crates, and expect the same size crate each year.

Ultimately we believe in transparency and if rises in our production costs dictate a small price increase then we would much rather be honest about this and adjust the price than shrink our large crates.

We encourage customers who are tempted by or see cheaper priced large crates elsewhere to always check the quoted dimensions against ours.

— Peter
Logs For Sale Ltd

Kiln Dried Birch Logs – Beginners & Casual Users

Birch logs are the perfect choice for newcomers and casual users

Kiln Dried Birch LogsKiln dried birch logs make excellent firewood – they catch fire quickly and warm your home faster than the other hardwood species, making them ideal if you use your stove or log burner primarily in the evenings or at the weekend.

We recommend birch for beginners and casual users as it’s so easy to get your fire roaring with very little effort or skill. Not as dense as ash or oak, birch logs burn slightly quicker, releasing their heat faster, with very little kindling required at all.

Quick tip for starting your fire with birch logs – instead of using firelighters, simply pull the bark of birch away and use it in a similar fashion to firelighters, as the oils in the bark make it an excellent firelighter and will help the logs catch fire with only a small amount of kindling required.

All of our products are available in Birch – simply select the species before adding to your cart.

We also sell kiln dried ash and oak logs for more intensive use – please visit our homepage to learn more about the various species that we offer.

Further reading: Birch vs Ash Logs – Heat & Other Differences

Kiln Dried Oak Logs – Ideal for Intensive Use

Oak offers a longer burn with more heat output

For customers that use their stoves intensively throughout the day, we have introduced kiln dried oak logs this year.

Oak offers the longest burn of any of the hardwood species and burns extremely hot. For this reason, they are well suited if you are an experienced user or if you use your stove intensively and find you burn through logs fairly quickly.

One of our crates of oak should last you much longer than our ash logs, off-setting the additional expense and making them much better value in terms of calorific content, due to the very high density of the wood. This is the reason oak logs weigh significantly more than birch or ash, even when dried down to the same level of moisture content.

When building your fire with oak logs, make sure to use smaller pieces and have your stove burning well before introducing medium to larger pieces – oak will take longer to light and burn with a small flame, but once established will produce more heat, last longer and need far less tending to.

All of our products are available in oak, though you must select the species before adding to your basket – follow the links below or visit our homepage for more information on the various species that we offer:

Further reading: Advice for Burning Ash and Oak Logs

What Our Small Crate of Logs Looks Like Loose

Our Small 1m3 Crate emptied in to an IBC cage to demonstrate the difference between stacked and loose volumes

Our Small Crate emptied in to an IBC cage to demonstrate the difference between stacked and loose volumes

To demonstrate the value in purchasing our crated firewood, we emptied the logs from one of our Small Crates in to an empty IBC cage.

Traditionally in the UK firewood is sold in builders bags or “loose” loads from tipper trucks – while our small crate may look small, due to the fact it’s 4 rows deep of logs and neatly stacked it actually holds a significant amount of logs – approximately 1.28m3 of loose logs.

We recommend our small crate for casual users, and one should see you through the entire winter season.

If you use your stove more intensively, consider our larger Extra Large Crate.

Advice for Burning Ash and Oak Logs

We would like to offer some advice for burning ash and oak logs in your stove or wood burning appliance.

The main point to keep in mind is that ash and oak are a very dense species of wood (oak being more dense than ash), meaning there’s a lot of wood fibres contained within the logs; this is what lends them to burning for such long periods when compared with other softer species of hardwoods such as birch, and all of the softwood varieties.

As they are so dense, this means putting slightly more thought in to building and lighting your fire, although not so much with logs as dry as ours, but worth noting when building your fires none the less!

Building your fire with very large and chunky logs likely won’t catch fire very well – we recommend building your fire up with firelighters, kindling and smaller pieces of logs before placing larger ones in to your stove or burner, and to have your fire burning for a good 5-10 minutes before even thinking about picking up a larger piece.

The larger pieces (in diameter, as our kiln dried logs are always cut to 25cm exactly though vary in width) come in to their own once your fire is established and you want a long lasting fire that needs very little tending to. Each log should burn for up to an hour or more each, and as each log produces over 4kw per hour, you shouldn’t ever need more than 2 logs in your stove at a time – allow the logs to burn down to glowing embers before placing more logs on the fire.

You will not need to add more kindling or firelighters when adding new logs to your fire once it is established – frustrating fires that are difficult to light and sustain are now a thing of the past.

If you follow this advice, burning ash and oak logs in your stove or log burner will be a joy – a much different experience if you are used to burning softwood or mixed loads. Of course, it is the moisture content in your logs that ultimately dictate how easy they light and the heat produced.

Further reading: Kiln Dried Oak Logs – Ideal for Intensive Use

The Best Logs for Pizza Ovens

When choosing logs for your pizza oven, the priority should be the moisture content and wood species followed by the size of your logs – thinly cut logs are essential.

Pizza ovens require logs that are low in moisture content to eliminate smoke generated by the fire – no-one wants pizza that tastes like it’s been sat on a bed of ash!

moisturefrontThis makes kiln dried logs the best option when buying logs for cooking, providing the moisture content is less than 20%.

Thinly cut logs like our specialized pizza oven logs will ensure you can create small, easy to light fires that reach your ovens desired temperature quickly, giving your pizzas that crisp and tasty wood-fired base.

Warning: Using logs that are too thick or high in moisture will lead to incomplete combustion and you will struggle to achieve or sustain the cooking temperatures required.

Unlike compressed waste sawdust products such as briquettes that may contain chemicals and binders, real logs don’t generate excess dust or ash that can land on and ruin the taste of your pizza.

The species of wood determines how long the logs burn for – only use hardwoods such as birch, ash and oak to avoid fluctuations in cooking temperature.

Use some of our natural firelighters to establish your fire with a handful of kindling before adding your logs to create a long sustained fire that will cook your guests’ pizzas within minutes.

The art of cooking delicious wood-fired pizza with professional results and becoming a master “Pizzaiolo” is effortless when using the correct type of wood and size of logs.

Our thinly cut mixed hardwood logs are perfect for using with pizza ovens – we deliver our nets of wood for pizza ovens nationwide to residential customers and supply wood fired pizza restaurants all year round.

Follow the link or thumbnail below to view our specialized pizza oven logs in easy to handle nets:

Please contact us if you have any other questions about our logs or using them to cook with.

Winter’s Just Around the Corner

Our firewood being collected for delivery to customers homes throughout the UK

Our firewood being collected for home delivery to our customers throughout the UK

We have seen our first snow fall for the season today at our base in the East Riding of Yorkshire, as we send our kiln dried logs everywhere in the UK from customers down south in Brighton right up to Scotland and everywhere in-between.

With the forecasters predicting a long, hard winter, we’re working hard with our supplier to ensure we’re in full stock for the winter to ensure our logs are always in stock and ready for immediate burning.

Thank you to all of our current customers and we look forward to supplying you all throughout the winter season.

Best wishes going in to the winter from all the staff here.

What is Kiln Dried Firewood?

Much is said about the heat value, cost benefits and protection kiln dried logs offer, however very little is said about how they come to be and the process behind kiln drying logs.

We believe in educating our customers on all aspects of kiln dried firewood so they’re intimately familiar with what it is they’re buying from us.

What is a kiln?

A kiln is a large structure, similar in nature to an oven, except there are vents to control not only the heat but the humidity of the circulating air inside the chamber. The kiln is fuelled by fire, normally the byproducts from cutting of the trees and splitting of the logs.

The process of kiln drying changes dependent on the species of wood being dried, the size and diameter of the logs and what the intended end moisture content is – kiln drying is a constantly evolving science, and as such our sole supplier conducts studies with their local university in refining their methods; this is one of the reasons we only use one supplier for our firewood.

Felling, cutting and splitting to prepare for kiln drying

Our supplier only fells trees from sustainably managed forests – trees are inspect and selected for quality and suitability, and then chopped down. After this, they are taken back to the premises to be cut in exact lengths of 25cm or 10″ inches, the perfect size for wood burning stoves, and then each round log is processed through a machine that splits them in to the logs you see on our website – at this point they are ready to enter the kiln for drying, as they still contain up to 60% water.

The logs are thrown loose in to metal cages to ensure there’s plenty of gaps of air between each logs and are placed inside the kiln.

During the kiln process

As the kiln reaches the ideal temperature and relative humidity, moisture within the logs begins to be drawn out of the wood in to the surrounding chamber of the kiln, and the circulating air removes the moisture from the air – this process repeats until practically all of the water from within the very inside of the log is removed, leaving an extremely dry and ready to burn log that’s below 15% moisture, far drier and superior to any seasoned wood the UK climate could air-dry naturally over a few years.

The whole kiln dry process takes just 3-7 days depending on the outside climate conditions and volume of logs being dried.

Ready to burn firewood all-year round

As kiln drying can be accomplished in as little as one week, this means we can now purchase firewood that’s ready to burn all-year round, and waiting for traditional suppliers of firewood to season and managed their stocks efficiently is a thing of the past – no longer are consumers forced to purchased semi-seasoned or wet logs during winter when supplies have run out.

Kiln dried firewood has transformed the firewood industry in recent years and with the ability to warm our homes faster, with easier to light and longer burning fires, consumers, chimney sweeps, stoves and flues are all far better off for it.

Click here to view all of our kiln dried firewood.

Why Kiln Dried Logs?

The main reason why to buy and use kiln dried logs is that you always know what you’re getting – logs that have being placed in a large heat and humidity controlled kiln and left for days until the moisture content reaches the desired levels – normally less than 20%. The incredibly high temperatures of the kiln combined with the low humidity draws the moisture out of the logs quickly and effortlessly.

When buying seasoned logs, you have to take the processors word that they’re “seasoned”, which is an ambiguous term which unfortunately means very little. They could have air-dried for 6 months or 3 years, and you’ll never know unless you test the logs yourself with a moisture meter before purchasing – including splitting the logs and checking the internal moisture content, which can differ far greatly in seasoned logs due to the nature of traditional air-dried logs; they don’t release their internal moisture as easily as when kiln dried, and logs that measure 20% on the outside could be 40% and wet on the inside.

Kiln dried logs won’t damage your stove or flue lining

Most seasoned logs from local suppliers start at 25% and upwards to 40%, depending on how long they have been left to dry out, and over time will cause significant damage to your stove and flue lining, causing high levels of creosote and tar build-up. Very well seasoned logs that are below 20% are extremely hard to find, as keeping up with demand in a market that’s growing so rapidly due to the popularity of wood burners is difficult for traditional suppliers to accomplish, hence the growing demand for ready to burn kiln dried logs.

One kiln dried log is worth two seasoned logs

Kiln dried logs carry a higher price than traditional air-dried logs due to the higher efficiency and quality that they offer – so much so that one kiln dried log can provide the same amount of heat as 2-3 regular seasoned logs – meaning you only need 1 log on your stove at any time for excellent heat output; this is where the true value of kiln dried logs are.

They are always available all-year round and ready to burn

Because sellers of kiln dried logs only need to hold enough stock to keep up with current demand, it’s far easier to manage stock levels and stock can be ordered in from producers within weeks and not years. This means no matter what month or season we’re in, even February when almost every traditional supplier has run out, you can always guarantee sellers of kiln dried logs will have stock available for you if you find yourself running low near the end of the season.

View our kiln dried logs to see all of our buying options.

What Our 2m3 Kiln Dried Logs Crate Looks Like Loose

Our Large Extra Large Crate emptied in to two IBC cages to demonstrate the difference between stacked and loose volumes

The reason our kiln dried log crates are our best-selling product to users of wood burners and why we recommend buying our crates above our other products is because the difference between stacked vs loose firewood is huge – the basic formula is you multiply the stacked volume by 1.7 to find the equivalent loose volume.

The photo to the right is the result of us emptying our Extra Large Crate and throwing the logs loosely in to standard IBC cages to demonstrate just how much value you’re getting for your money when buying stacked crates.

Our customers are often shocked at the sheer volume of wood in our small and extra large crates when working their way through them – even the small crate goes a very long way and will see most casual users (evenings and weekends) through the entire season, without requiring a top up.

Quick links to our crates:

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