Bonfire night is just around the corner.
I remember being involved in the building of huge bonfires as a kid (far too many years ago!) and then being awestruck by the vast plumes of smoke as they were lit, changing to that glorious flickering, dancing multi shades of orange flames, and the roar of the fire as the thing really took hold. Clearly, if we had kiln dried wood to build the bonfire, we could have done it without the smoke bit!!
It is, however, a good example of the technicalities involved in making your stove or fire burn well. At the initial lighting stage, the fuel itself is cold, and it could be packed with moisture if it has not been seasoned correctly. Kiln dried takes this bit out of the equation as it should definitely be under 20% Moisture Content.
There is a reason why woodburning stoves are more efficient at producing heat, than an open fireplace. The greatest amount of heat from a log is produced by burning the gases that the wood releases as it gets hotter. In a woodburning stove, there are two sources of air, the primary source to the firebed, and the secondary source which comes in above the fire, often described as an airwash for the glass. This is the one you should always keep open to some degree, as it helps to ignite the gases and produce the greatest amount of heat.
So, with the cold, damp wood on the bonfire, the slow heating of the damp wood on ignition creates vast smoke plumes, and as the temperature rises, the wood releases the gases which in turn ignite and the fire rages upwards. It manages to complete that process because the fuel of the bonfire is enormous.
It is difficult to achieve that heat level in an open fire, because the heat is rising immediately, there is too much air in the mix as it is unrestricted and there is not enough fuel. In the wood burning stove, the control of the air flow allows you to retain the heat in the firebox, to heat the wood so it releases the gases and the secondary air flow provides the right amount of air to allow those to burn. Burning unseasoned, wet wood, reduces the temperature in the firebox, and stops the production of burnable gases and just produces smoke,
So, as you stock up with wood for the winter, make sure that you are buying dry wood. Without it, you will be getting the initial huge smoke plume stage of a Guy Fawkes Bonfire, and not a lot of heat!
Kiln Dried Logs take all of the variable out of it. The wood is dry, it burns brilliantly and produces lots of heat. We deliver in barrow bags, to where you want to keep it. Unless it is unavoidable, we never just dump the wood on your driveway, leaving you to shift it.
We source the logs from within 20 miles of our base in Toddington and we don’t deliver any further than the same radius either, although 90% of our deliveries are actually within 10 miles. We spilt and dry the logs onsite in our own kiln. We use the parts of the tree which are too hard to split as a fuel for the boiler which heats the kiln, so all of the tree is used in the process.
Best of all, a big barrow bag costs just £37.50 a bag if you order them in 4’s, and that includes delivery!
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