Home Grown Kiln Dried Logs
Unlike so many other firewood suppliers Border Biomass Fuels only supply the finest quality home grown kiln dried hardwoods oak, ash, beech and wild cherry. We don’t see any reason to import our firewood from countries such as Latvia where logging is carried out at unsustainable rates. (An interesting article and video HERE) Our home grown kiln dried logs are the first in the UK to achieve Woodsure +Plus Quality Fuel Accreditation and the first in the North East to be HETAS approved. Your guarantee of quality.
The UK has a more than adequate supply of home grown firewood and when you buy our home grown kiln dried logs you can do so in the certain knowledge that your kiln dried logs come from sustainably managed woodlands operating under the auspices of the Forest Stewardship Council. Home grown firewood is environmentally friendly and superb quality.
Green wood (that is, wood that has been freshly cut) can take one to two years in the open air to season well enough for burning as fuel. Because we want our customers to be able to order wood that is ready to use all year round, we ONLY sell home grown kiln dried wood. But what, exactly, is the process that this wood goes through, and why is it a good choice for consumers?
The Kiln Drying Process explained
Again, unlike so many other log suppliers and especially those operating in Latvia and exporting to the UK, our home grown kiln dried logs go through a complete process to ensure the finished product is at the perfect moisture content and ready to burn with the maximum efficiency.
At the beginning of the process, the freshly cut home grown green wood, sourced from UK sustainable woodlands, is stacked in the open for at least 8 months to begin the seasoning process. Once the moisture content falls to 30% or below the logs are cut and split into sizes acceptable to our customers. Those split logs are then placed into our biomass kilns which are powered by wood chips generated by the initial cutting and splitting. The kiln, if you can imagine, is much like an oversized oven. Kilns vary in size and shape; however most of them will dry large quantities of wood (as much as 80 pallets) at a time, forcing the water out through sustained air flow and sophisticated systems which allow the water in the timber to escape. How long this takes largely depends on the type of wood being dried and each home grown hardwood species requires its own drying time. Typically the process takes a few days, with the temperature reaching 70° C (or about 158° F). Our kilns utilise a digital management system and monitoring sensors, designed to achieve precision in the measurement of humidity and temperature control but human expertise and experience still plays the greater part in the process.
Why is kiln dried firewood the best choice?
Aside from the obvious speed at which wood can be dried, there are a number of other compelling reasons as to why kiln dried firewood is the best choice for the consumer.
- Your home grown kiln dried hardwood logs will burn efficiently. Green wood can have a moisture content of 50 percent or more, and will not burn efficiently. Consumers who try to burn wet wood can damage the flu of their burners, create a lot of smoke, and pollute the air. This is damaging to the environment and to be avoided at all costs. Good seasoned firewood may have a moisture content of 20% or more and kiln dried wood, typically imported from Latvia, which has not been pre-seasoned in the open is of a similar moisture content.
- Our home grown kiln dried hardwood logs are typically below 15% in moisture content. The quality is so good that they are one of only a few such products that have been awarded HETAS “woodsure +” accreditation. This is your guarantee of quality and performance.
- Your home grown kiln dried hardwood logs will be consistently dry. Pre-seasoned and subsequently kiln dried firewood will be dried throughout, whereas naturally air-dried firewood can have inconsistent moisture levels. Wood placed at the centre of a wood stack can still be high in moisture, while wood on the outside of the stack appears ready to burn. Firewood imported from Latvia which is kiln dried immediately after felling has the same inferior characteristics.
- Your home grown kiln dried hardwood logs are guaranteed to burn. While the cost will be slightly higher than green wood that has been naturally seasoned, you can be sure that your logs will light quickly and easily. With a low moisture content (less than 15 percent), your kiln dried wood will produce more heat per kilogram, ultimately making the benefits economical. Home grown kiln dried hardwoods are cheaper to buy than the lesser quality Latvian imports.
- Your home grown kiln dried hardwood logs will be free of insects and mould. Wood that has been left outside for some time will naturally attract insects, which you will most certainly notice when preparing your fire. Kiln dried firewood is cleaner and healthier for your home.
- Your home grown kiln dried hardwood logs are ready whenever you are. If you have left it late in the season to purchase your firewood you need not worry – the kiln dried logs are instantly ready and require no seasoning. When customers run out of firewood in the middle of winter they are at risk of being sold firewood that has not been properly seasoned. With our high quality kiln dried product, customers can rest easy even when they get caught short at peak times.
- Finally, not only are our home grown kiln dried hardwoods of superb quality, we’ll even deliver them for free at a time convenient to you AND stack them neatly wherever you wish!
Border Biomass Fuels prides itself on selling premium home grown kiln dried hardwood logs that meet the high expectations of our customers. Combine that with our FREE delivery and FREE stacking service, our “Woodsure Plus” accreditation and it’s easy to see why over 95% or our customers keep coming back to reorder. You can order yours in our online shop HERE and read the reviews left by just some of our many customers. We deliver in East Lothian, the Scottish Borders, Northumberland and on a regular basis to Edinburgh.