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 and is 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.

Our log store is slatted and open fronted, making it 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 one size of log store which we believe is ideal for any requirements.

The Small Log Store – one will hold the logs in our small crate, and two of them will hold the logs in our extra large crate.

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 log store.

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:

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

Spring Pricing – The Best Time to Purchase Your Logs

With our spring sale in full swing and plenty of chilly mornings and nights still ahead, we believe April is the best month to stock up for next season and still get use from your logs in the meantime.

As wood will only ever acclimatise to the surrounding relative humidity in the atmosphere, even when stored outside or in your garage, the moisture content of our logs will always remain below 15%.

The British climate simply doesn’t get humid enough (for long enough) for kiln dried logs to ever become “wet” again. 

I would also like to take this opportunity to personally thank all our customers who have joined us this past season, and look forward to supplying the same consistenty low moisture kiln dried logs the next time you need them, no matter what season it is. All year round.

Best wishes heading in to warmer weather from the team at logsforsale.co.uk, and don’t forget to spring clean your wood burning appliances  – our logs will go a tremendous way to keeping your flue and stove clean, but they still require a professional clean and sweep.

Peter,

Director

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.

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