Frequently Asked Questions
Unlike oil, gas or lpg, wood fuel presents no risk if accidentally released into the environment and there are no harmful bi-products. The flue gas is smoke free and the ash content of around 0.5% by volume is minimal.
As it burns, wood produces carbon dioxide, one of the main green house gasses responsible for climate change but this Co2 is absorbed by new growth. This means that no extra carbon is put into the atmosphere, which is why wood fuel is carbon neutral.
Woodland in the UK is a renewable resource – as trees are felled, new trees are planted or regrow as coppice. During the process of photosynthesis carbon is stored in the growing tree and the woodland soil. In the UK woodlands are managed in line with the UK forestry standard and all felling is controlled by the Forestry Commission. The standards ensure that woodland is managed sustainably and to the best environmental standards.
A demand for logs creates a market for timber which can make the difference between woodland management being financially viable or not.
A growing wood energy industry benefits the economy because it generates income for owners, contractors, processors and suppliers. The increased forest management improves future productivity and asset value. Woodland management activities increases local employment as well as improving habitat and bio diversity.
The Forestry Commission have calculated that there is an estimated 2 million tonnes per year of timber which is being produced by our unmanaged woodlands every year. Managing these woodlands will have significant benefits in terms of employment and bio diversity. Wood fuel is a means to achieving this.
This additional timber is enough to produce about half a million Mwh of heat.
In addition, many hundreds of thousands of tonnes of timber are sent to landfill every year, mainly from the construction industry.
No. All prices in our shop are “all included” – we ship your fuels right to your door, with absolutely no additional cost!