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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

Storing Logs in Your Garage

Storing logs in your garage is perfectly ok – providing they’re already dry.

It’s a very bad idea to keep freshly cut or partially seasoned logs in a garage, as there simply isn’t enough fresh or flowing air to help them dry out.

Fresh or partially seasoned logs will release their moisture into your garage and you will notice mould spores appearing all over other items quite rapidly during warm conditions.

It’s important to emphasise that logs that are already very dry and ready to burn such as our kiln dried logs can be kept in garages without any issues whatsoever. 

The best method of keeping logs in your garage is to make sure they aren’t touching the floor – simply a precaution for those with garages that tend to accumulate damp on the floor.

We thoroughly recommend storing your kiln dried logs in your garage or outside in one of our log stores.

How to Stack Logs in Your Log Store

How you stack your logs in your log store plays a significant role in seasoning fresh logs to dry them out, or keeping your kiln dried logs nice and dry.

No matter what your goal is, there is only one way to stack your logs – don’t simply throw them in the log store in a pile, nor should you stack them too tight!

As logs need to breathe whilst stored, throwing them in to a loose mountain inside your store will inevitably block much of the wind out that needs to circulate through the logs. Not only this but you will lose a lot of valuable space in your log store, as stacked logs take up significantly less room than logs in a loose pile.

Stacking them too tight will also reduce the air-flow to your logs, therefore the only way to stack your logs is neat but loosely, without making too much effort to piece them together; this will ensure there’s plenty of gaps for air to circulate and pass through each row of logs in your store.

The image to the right demonstrates the correct way to stack your logs.

If depth allows, try to allow an inch between each row, rather than packing them together end to end, as this will allow fresh air to reach more surface area of your logs.

Our small log store allows you to stack your logs two rows deep, while our extra large log store allows for three rows deep – both log stores are ideal for storing any of our kiln dried logs.

Should Log Stores Be Slatted Or Solid?

As mentioned in our other articles on log stores, it’s crucial the store you purchase is slatted and not solid, with the front of the log store open and not closed.

Slatted vs Solid Log StoresThe reason for this is that logs, even when kiln dried, still need to breath when stored outside; this ensures good ventilation and avoids problems with humidity and mould growth.

The same principle applies if you are wondering if your log store should be with or without doors. There is simply no reason for a log store to have doors; if some water makes its way in the last thing you need on a warm day is to create a greenhouse effect within your log store.

Having a log store with doors encourages humid environments in which mould and various insects can thrive.

It is much better for your log store to be slatted and open – surface rain will simply evaperate with the wind, and you won’t find any nasty surprises when taking your logs out weeks or months later.

Both models of our log stores are slatted and open fronted, making them the ideal storage solution for your logs.

What Size Log Store Do I Need?

The size of your log store is an important consideration when choosing your store.

If your store is too small, you risk not being able to hold enough logs to last you the season. This results in multiple purchases of firewood and not being able to take advantage of the savings purchasing in bulk offers.

Go too big, and you may simply be sacrificing important space and wasting your money on a log store that’s far too large for your needs.

To keep the decision simple we offer two sizes of log stores – small and extra large.

The stores are purpose built to cater for both types of users of wood burners:

The Small Log Store – if you’re a casual user who primarily uses your burner in the evenings and weekends, this is ideal for buying with our Small Crate of logs.

The Extra Large Log Store – if you use your stove intensively as a primary source of heat for your property, we recommend our extra large store that’s designed to hold our Extra Large Crate of logs, a very significant amount of logs.

For more advice such as where to position your store, or for more details on our log stores please visit our log stores section.

Which Direction Should My Log Store Face?

We are often asked by customers who purchase our log stores which direction they should face, and it’s a good question.

Ideally your log store should be situated in a position where the open front receives maximum sunlight during the day to help evaporate any surface rain quickly, therefore facing south.

Careful consideration should also be given to the location. As logs need to breath, placing your log store directly up against a fence or garage is not a good idea, as good ventilation is required all-round.

We would advise keeping your log store at least a foot or two away from a fence or garage.

We hope this has helped you understand which way your log store should face. If you are considering purchasing a log store, make sure to view our small and extra large log stores.