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Why choose Kiln Dried Logs?

The great advantage of kiln dried logs is that you will always know exactly what you’re getting – logs which have been placed inside a large kiln that is both heat and humidity-controlled. They are then left for several days until the moisture content has reached the ideal level, which is usually lower than 20%. The kiln’s extremely high temperatures and low humidity quickly draw out the moisture from the logs.

When purchasing your seasoned logs, you will have to take the processor’s word for it that the logs are “seasoned”. They could have been air-dried for as little as 6 months or as long as 3 years. The only way you can find out for sure is to test the logs with a moisture meter before buying them. This involves splitting them open and checking their internal moisture content, which can vary a lot more in seasoned logs because of the very nature of traditional air-dried logs, which do not release their internal moisture as easily as kiln dried logs. In fact, logs that measure 20% on the outside might be as high as 40% and wet on the inside.

Kiln dried logs are kind to your stove or flue lining

If you buy seasoned logs from a local supplier, the moisture content generally starts at 25% and can rise to 40%. This depends on how long the logs have been left to dry out. Over time, this causes the build-up of high levels of creosote and tar, and damages your stove and flue lining. It is extremely hard to find very well seasoned logs which are below 20% as it is very difficult for traditional suppliers to keep up with demand in a rapidly growing market that’s boosted by the popularity of wood burners. As a result, there is now increasing demand for ready to burn kiln dried logs.

A kiln dried log is more valuable than two seasoned logs

The higher quality of kiln dried logs means they are more valuable and have a higher price than traditional air-dried logs. In fact, one kiln dried log can give you the same amount of heat as two to three regular seasoned logs. This means you will only need one log on your stove to generate excellent heat output.

Always available all-year-round and ready to burn

As kiln dried logs sellers only need to hold sufficient stock to keep up with their current demand, it is much easier for them to manage their stock levels, which can be ordered within weeks. Therefore, no matter what the month is, you can guarantee that kiln dried logs sellers will have stock available.

The Lowdown on Kiln Dried Firewood

A lot has been said about the cost benefits, heat value, and protection that kiln dried logs offer, but little has been said about either their origin or the process behind them.

We think it is important to educate our customers about every aspect of kiln dried firewood so that they always know what they’re buying from us.

What does a kiln actually do?

Kilns are large structures that look similar to an oven, except they have vents to control the heat and humidity of the air that circulates around inside the chamber. They are fuelled by logs, normally cut from trees.

The kiln drying process is dependent on the wood species being dried, including the log’s size, diameter and moisture content. It is a fascinating and constantly evolving science, demonstrated by the fact our sole supplier chooses to refine their methods by conducting studies with a university. This is a major reason why we just use one firewood supplier.

Preparing for kiln drying

Trees are inspected and selected for both their quality and suitability and then chopped down. Our supplier will only fell trees if they are from sustainably managed forests. After felling, the trees are cut to the exact length of 25cm (or 10″ inches), the ideal size for wood-burning stoves. Each round log is then processed by a machine which splits them into the logs that you can see on our website. As they still contain up to 60% water, the logs are now thrown loose into metal cages and placed inside the kiln. Care is taken to make sure there are lots of gaps between each log.

The importance of the kiln process

The circulating air within the kiln now removes moisture from the air. As a result, the moisture within the logs is drawn out of the wood and into the surrounding chamber, as the kiln reaches the perfect temperature and relative humidity. This process is repeated until virtually all the water is removed from the inside of the log. This leaves a very dry log that has a moisture content of less than 15% and is now ready to burn. It is a superior product because it’s far drier than any seasoned wood that the UK climate could air-dry naturally over the course of a few years.

The entire kiln drying process takes only 3-7 days from start to finish, depending on the climate conditions outside the kiln and the number of logs that are being dried.

We provide ready to burn firewood all-year-round

As kiln drying is so fast and can be completed in just one week, we can buy firewood that is ready to burn all-year-round. There’s no reason to wait for traditional firewood suppliers to season and manage their stock anymore. Consumers now have much more choice and are no longer forced to buy semi-seasoned or wet logs in the winter when their supplies have run out.

Thankfully, kiln dried firewood has totally transformed the UK’s firewood industry over the past few years, making it easier to light and sustain longer-burning fires and giving people the ability to warm their homes faster. Consumers and chimney sweeps are much better off as a result.

Burning Your Kiln Dried Logs Safely

Now that we have started the burning season and we have a lot of customers who are relatively new to wood burning, I would like to offer some tips about the safe and efficient burning of kiln dried logs.

Firstly, ensure that you get the stove hot enough – above 250 °F – as soon as possible because this is the optimal temperature for complete combustion. Secondly, maintain this heat so that you have an efficient and effective clean-burning fire.

Avoid any build-up of creosote

If you have started a very slow-burning fire in your airtight, modern stove with the vents damped/closed too much, it will produce flue temperatures of 100-200 °F.

This temperature is too low and will not carry all the unburned, combustible gases out into the atmosphere effectively. They will instead condense as creosote along the walls of the stovepipe and your chimney.This is why it’s important to bring the initial temperature up quickly, to ensure your fire produces sufficient heat to remove the gases as the logs burn, and it needs to do this consistently.

Top tips for building up your fire and ensuring the vents supply sufficient oxygen

Building and then maintaining an efficient and effective fire means you need to burn just the right amount of fuel. It is, therefore, important to use good fire-building practices and provide sufficient oxygen control by using the vents.

Here are twelve steps you can take to maximise the efficiency of your wood-burning stove:

  • Only use kiln dried logs – never use part-seasoned or damp wood.
  • Open all of the air vents at the beginning.
  • Start your fire with both firelighters and dry kindling and then allow the kindling to burn fiercely for 5-10 minutes so that it warms your flue and creates a strong draw before you add your logs.
  • Burn bright, hot fires and begin with some smaller logs.
  • Arrange the logs so that the air can flow between them, without ever overfilling the stove.
  • Keep all the air vents open fully until your stove has been operating at a heat higher than 300 °F for a quarter of an hour, then start closing them gradually at regular intervals. Doing this will slow down the burn and make sure more heat stays within the stove and less of it escapes up the flue. If you close your vents before this point you will starve the fire of oxygen during its warm-up phase. So wait until you can feel significant heat from the stove before you reduce the airflow, particularly when you’re burning oak or ash logs. Never close the vents entirely or try to shut them too much and always reassess how the fire is burning, and then adjust when necessary.
  • Wait until the fire has burned right down to its glowing embers or the flue temperature has dropped to 300 °F (if you own a stove thermometer) before reloading.
  • Reload the fire by adding at least a couple of logs each time. Make sure you don’t open your door too often, however, as the stove temperature will drop. Avoid adding one log at a time.
  • Open the vents slightly for a short while after you have added more logs as this will help the combustion. Then close them slightly after several minutes.
  • Open up your vents before you go to bed, so that your fire will burn cleanly overnight. Ensure you never leave the stove damped down heavily overnight as this causes creosote build-up and will hinder combustion.
  • It is important to have your flue or chimney swept before each season begins to ensure that any deposits are removed. This will delight your chimney sweep who is sure to be impressed with your skills!
  • Make sure you install a carbon monoxide alarm that is marked to EN 50291 and has the British Standards Kitemark. Place it 15cm below the height of the ceiling.

A lot has been said about the cost benefits, heat value, and protection that kiln dried logs offer, but little has been said about either their origin or the process behind them.

We think it is important to educate our customers about every aspect of kiln dried firewood so that they always know what they’re buying from us.

What does a kiln actually do?

Kilns are large structures that look similar to an oven, except they have vents to control the heat and humidity of the air that circulates around inside the chamber. They are fuelled by logs, normally cut from trees.

The kiln drying process is dependent on the wood species being dried, including the log’s size, diameter and moisture content. It is a fascinating and constantly evolving science, demonstrated by the fact our sole supplier chooses to refine their methods by conducting studies with a university. This is a major reason why we just use one firewood supplier.

Preparing for kiln drying

Trees are inspected and selected for both their quality and suitability and then chopped down. Our supplier will only fell trees if they are from sustainably managed forests. After felling, the trees are cut to the exact length of 25cm (or 10″ inches), the ideal size for wood-burning stoves. Each round log is then processed by a machine which splits them into the logs that you can see on our website. As they still contain up to 60% water, the logs are now thrown loose into metal cages and placed inside the kiln. Care is taken to make sure there are lots of gaps between each log.

The importance of the kiln process

The circulating air within the kiln now removes moisture from the air. As a result, the moisture within the logs is drawn out of the wood and into the surrounding chamber, as the kiln reaches the perfect temperature and relative humidity. This process is repeated until virtually all the water is removed from the inside of the log. This leaves a very dry log that has a moisture content of less than 15% and is now ready to burn. It is a superior product because it’s far drier than any seasoned wood that the UK climate could air-dry naturally over the course of a few years.

The entire kiln drying process takes only 3-7 days from start to finish, depending on the climate conditions outside the kiln and the number of logs that are being dried.

We provide ready to burn firewood all-year-round

As kiln drying is so fast and can be completed in just one week, we can buy firewood that is ready to burn all-year-round. There’s no reason to wait for traditional firewood suppliers to season and manage their stock anymore. Consumers now have much more choice and are no longer forced to buy semi-seasoned or wet logs in the winter when their supplies have run out.

Thankfully, kiln dried firewood has totally transformed the UK’s firewood industry over the past few years, making it easier to light and sustain longer-burning fires and giving people the ability to warm their homes faster. Consumers and chimney sweeps are much better off as a result.

Advantages of a Stove Thermometer

A stove thermometer enables you to monitor your stove’s performance and know how efficiently your fire is operating. You can generally attach a stove thermometer to your flue pipe with a magnet that is mounted on the rear. It will give you instant feedback on the heat of your fire. Always burn logs within the optimal temperature range to avoid creosote.

If the vents of your stove are damped or closed down too much it will produce flue temperatures of 100-200 °F. As this is not enough to combust the fuel or logs, it can lead to a build-up of creosote inside your flue and chimney. Your fires must be kept burning at a temperature of between 300-450 °F, as this will minimize the build-up of creosote and make sure you do not waste your logs. The stove thermometers that you can buy in nay DIY store should show three zones that are clearly defined, which are “creosote”, “best operation” and “too hot”. These zones ensure you can add fewer or more logs with ease and also control the amount of oxygen in order to make sure your stove keeps operating efficiently.

Recommended Logs For UK Wood Burning Stoves

What do we need to know when buying our logs? Can I just buy any logs that are for sale today? What about their moisture content? How important is it that I choose the right log species and how does each species affect the burning process and heat output? What about the crate dimensions? How do I understand the information given by the sellers? If you buy logs regularly, do you get the respect you deserve from the supplier and a reward for your loyalty? We know that with so many offers available, it’s difficult to choose the best logs for your needs. In this article, we will try to answer all of these important questions and help you find your way around today’s market.

Finding Quality Logs Online Isn’t Easy

When we search for a log supplier, some of us buy from a local representative, such as a tree surgeon, carpenter or other local business whose work involves handling wood, or search logs online, as we do with the other goods we buy.

When you visit your local suppliers’ shop or search for logs online, you will find a great number of offers, starting from low prices to more pricy deals. So how do we distinguish between the different logs for sale and decide which is the most appropriate for our needs?

Here are our top recommendations to help you navigate your way through the process:

Are the logs sold in crates or loose bags?

  • Remember that 1 cubic metre of neatly stacked logs is the equivalent to approximately 1.72 cubic metres of wood when loose. This means that buying logs in crates will take up less space to store.

Is it the first time you have bought from this business?

  • Buying from an unknown seller, either online or locally, can be tricky. Do your research about the seller and try to get some feedback from their customers.

Are their logs accredited?

  • With new changes, which start next year, UK consumers won’t be allowed to burn wet/poorly seasoned logs, so you must ensure that you comply with the law when you buy them.
  • It takes up to 2 or more years to properly season logs after harvesting, depending on the storage and weather conditions.
  • You will find ‘kiln dried’ log offers, where the logs are artificially dried in huge automatic chambers for up to 5 days. During this period, the logs’ moisture content is reduced to an average of below 20%.
  • If you are looking at logs in crates, check if you have the crate’s external dimensions.
  • What’s the crate’s size and what is the equivalent volume when the logs are loose? This will help you to work out the price per cubic metre while making a price comparison between buying logs in crates and loose bags. You will probably find out that buying logs in crates is a far better option than purchasing them loose.

Finding Cheapest Logs – What Is Hidden Behind The Price?

The price factor plays a big part in our marketing promotions. Without question, our selected product price is very important. But what lies behind this offer, what are the exact details value-wise? When approaching supermarkets, we often pay attention to price per kilogram or litre. We recommend the same approach here – our advice is to check the cubic metre price per loose cubic metre of wood. This will give you a good reference point to make a price comparison.

Comparing Apples with Apples

If we compare two offers from two suppliers, it’s important that you compare them correctly. Check that the following points are addressed when you make your comparison:

  • Are the logs dried and ready to burn?
  • What species are they?
  • What is the logs’ length? Note that some suppliers offer 23cm logs and NOT 25cm. This does not seem a significant difference but it is 8% smaller, which is often enough to give a supplier a small advantage as they can sell them cheaper (as there is less wood per crate) while keeping the same margins.
  • Delivery terms – how many days will you have to wait for the logs to arrive?
  • Loyalty rewards – most people probably buy their logs again and again from the same seller – are you getting any kind of reward for your loyalty from your current supplier?

Birch Firewood Logs Sold In the UK And Elsewhere

Once you have learnt how to compare the different log offers available, it’s time to go into more detail and look at the world of wood species. You most probably have come across birch logs – they are nice, good-looking wood fuel, with a white and black coloured bark that should easily come off if it’s properly dried. It isn’t a very dense wood, however, so birch logs burn very hot.

Historically, people have used all sort of trees to fuel their woodburners. Hardwoods are denser than softwoods (i.e. pine, spruce or larch) and when you burn denser wood it will burn for longer and therefore generate more heat. Birch is one of the most common hardwood species used in Scandinavia, where burning logs to heat homes has been compulsory for survival. Thanks to the availability of birch trees in Scandinavia and the Baltics, the log market is saturated there with birch log offers. You can see birch logs for sale in crates, nets and bags.

Are Ash Logs The Best For Your Stove?

Ash logs are a very dense hardwood with beautiful burning qualities that burn for longer than the other wood species. Ash logs are less available for two reasons. Proportionally there are fewer ash trees than other species and they are used for other applications where they have a higher value. This means firewood manufacturers are often unable to source them for firewood. Looking at the ash logs that are available for sale online today, we recommend that you buy multiple species, where ash species are mixed with less dense species, like mixed hardwood or birch logs.

Oak Logs For Sale Online

Oak wood species are very dense and can take a while to burn and get a fire going. We recommend that you use oak in combination with other species. like birch or mixed hardwoods, as burning oak on its own can be challenging.

Are Mixed Species Logs Any Good?

Mixed hardwood logs species, such as alder, black alder, maple, elm, and black cherry, can often be bought from multiple suppliers. These logs are understandably very popular as they have many advantages. Their availability is good and firewood processors are able to offer better deals for mixed species logs compared to the other species. Mixed hardwood logs normally burn out slightly faster and generate slightly less heat output than the denser woods. Mixed hardwood logs are available for sale in crates or nets.

Kiln Dried Birch Logs – Advice for Beginners and Casual Users

Birch logs are the ideal choice for newcomers and many casual users because they are a quick and easy way to get your fire roaring.

There is no doubt that kiln dried birch logs are excellent firewood, as they quickly catch fire and will warm your house sooner than any other hardwood species. This makes them perfect for people who mainly use their stove or log burner in the evenings or during the weekend.

You’ll find that birch logs burn slightly quicker as they are not as dense as oak or ash. This means they release the heat more quickly, so very little kindling is needed.

Here’s a top tip that will help you to start your fire. Instead of using any firelighters, just pull the bark of the birch away, because the oils contained in it help the logs to catch fire with just a little kindling.

You can also buy kiln dried ash and oak logs that are ideal for more intensive use. 

Tips for Burning Oak and Ash Logs

Here is some advice for burning oak and ash logs in your stove or another wood-burning appliance.

The main thing to remember is that oak and ash are very dense species (with oak being denser than ash). This means the logs contain a lot of wood fibres, which is why they burn for longer than softer hardwoods, like birch, and every variety of softwood.

Because the logs are so dense, you will need to put a good deal more thought into building and lighting your fires (although this is less of an issue with logs that are as dry as ours).

If you build the fire with very large, chunky logs, it is likely they will not catch fire easily. So we recommend that you use firelighters, kindling and smaller pieces of logs to build your fire up before you start placing larger logs into your stove or burner. Always have your fire burning for a period of 5 to 10 minutes before you even consider picking up a larger log (in diameter, that is, as our kiln dried logs are 25cm exactly, although their width varies).

The bigger pieces are excellent once you have established the fire, especially if you want to create a long-lasting fire that needs the minimum of tending. Each one of the logs produces over 4kw per hour and should burn for an hour or more. Always let the logs burn down to glowing embers before placing another one on the fire, and you should never have more than two logs in your stove at a time.

Make sure you add more kindling or firelighters while you add new logs once you have established your fire.

If you follow these tips, burning oak and ash logs in your stove or log burner will be a joy. Ultimately, it is the moisture content of the logs that dictate how easily they light and the heat that is produced.

Why Kiln Dried Oak Logs are Perfect for Intensive Use

Oak provides a longer burn that has more heat output.

We have introduced kiln dried oak logs for customers who use their stoves intensively throughout the day.

Oak burns extremely hot and offers a longer burn than any of the hardwood species. This makes it an ideal wood for an experienced user or someone who uses their stove intensively and burns through logs fairly quickly.

You will find that one of our crates of oak will last a lot longer than a crate of ash logs, which off-sets the extra expense. Oak logs weigh a lot more than ash or birch, even when they are dried down, and their high-density provides much better value.

Make sure you use smaller pieces when building your fire with oak logs and ensure your stove is burning well when you introduce medium to larger pieces. Although oak takes a longer time to light and burn with a small flame, it produces more heat once it is established, lasts longer and needs much less tending.

Can You Store Logs in the Garage?

It is perfectly OK to store logs in your garage, as long as they are already dry.

Do not keep logs that are either freshly cut or partially seasoned in your garage, because there will not be a sufficient airflow to dry them out.

As a result, they will release their moisture and mould spores will start to quickly appear on items during warm conditions.

It is a different story with logs that are very dry and therefore ready to burn, such as our kiln dried log, which can be kept in garages without any problems.

The best way to keep logs in the garage is to ensure they don’t touch the floor, which can become damp.

So, all in all, we strongly recommend that you store kiln dried logs in the garage if practically possible.

The Best Way to Stack Logs in a Log Store

The way that you stack logs in your log store plays an important role in seasoning fresh logs to dry them out and ensuring that your kiln dried logs stay dry.

Therefore, do not just throw them in a pile in the log store or stack them too tightly together, as logs need the space to breathe while they are being stored.

Throwing the logs into a loose mountain in your store is a bad idea for two big reasons. Firstly, you will lose a lot of valuable room in the log store, but even more importantly, you will block out the wind that should circulate through your logs.

Stacking the logs too tightly can also reduce the air-flow between your logs, so the best solution is to stack your logs neatly but loosely, so there are a lot of gaps for the air to pass through. (The image on the right shows the correct way to stack your logs.)

Make sure there’s an inch of space between each row of logs, if possible, to allow the fresh air to circulate and reach a greater surface area of your logs.

Our small log store provides you with sufficient room to stack your logs two rows deep and it’s perfect for storing your kiln dried logs.

The Best Choice for Your Pizza Oven

When selecting the logs to use for your pizza oven, your priority should always be the moisture content, wood species and the size, as thin-cut logs are the best to use.

Pizza ovens need logs which are low in moisture content in order to eliminate the smoke that is generated by the fire – as you don’t want to eat pizza that tastes as if it’s been cooked on a bed of ash.

So kiln dried logs are the best choice when you’re buying logs for cooking, as long as their moisture content is lower than 20%.

By choosing thinly cut logs, like the specialized pizza oven logs we sell, you can create small, easy to light fires that will speedily reach the desired temperature, giving the pizzas a crisp, tasty wood-fired base.

Warning: Make sure you do not choose logs that are either too thick or high in moisture, as you will struggle to reach and maintain the cooking temperatures needed.

Unlike briquettes and other compressed waste sawdust products, which can contain binders and chemicals, real logs will not generate any excess dust or ash which could ruin the delicious taste of your pizza.

It is important to remember that the species of wood determines how long your logs will burn for. To avoid fluctuations in the cooking temperature, use only hardwoods, such as oak, ash and birch.

To create a long and sustained fire that will cook your pizzas within minutes, use some of our natural firelighters and a handful of kindling before you add the logs.

You’ll find our thinly-cut mixed hardwood logs are ideal for using in pizza ovens. We deliver nets of wood for pizza ovens to residential customers all over the country and also supply many wood-fired pizza restaurants all the year-round.

We sell our specialized pizza oven logs in Crates. To view them, just click on link below.

About us

Buy Firewood Direct Ltd has been operating in the UK since 2014, serving more than 15,000 customers and fulfilling thousands of home deliveries each year, and we now have our own warehousing facilities in Dublin. We are represented by a direct manufacturer with more than 15 years’ experience in kiln dried hardwood firewood manufacturing.

We offers top assortment of Woodsure accredited kiln dried wood fuel online, with a fast 2-3 day free nationwide kerbside delivery from stocks. 

The Largest Assortment & Free 48-hour Delivery

We stock 3 sizes of neatly hand-stacked crates: 0.8, 1.25, 1.6. There are also two options for netted kiln dried logs: 40 nets and 80 nets. They are available in Ash, Ash & Oak, Oak, Birch, as well as mixed hardwoods species. Our prices are inclusive of 5 % VAT and free 2-3 day Nationwide Delivery. So buy your kiln dried logs direct from the manufacturer and save your money today!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some FAQs which relate to both our products and our delivery service. If your question has not been answered here, then contact our team by email or phone.

Q. Why should I purchase my firewood from your company?

A. We provide the very highest quality kiln dried hardwood and it is available at a competitive price. Currently, it is at the best market price for retail customers. We manage the entire process, from forest to fireplace, so we have full involvement with all of the quality control procedures and are, therefore, able to guarantee the product’s quality and provide an exceptional service at each stage

Q. What occurs after I purchase my firewood from your company?

A. As soon as you have made your purchase transaction, you will receive two emails from us that confirm both your order and your transaction.
Then, your order will be selected for dispatch. This usually happens on the same day – depending on the time of day that your order is received (the earlier the better). After the handling phase, you will receive a text message from us that confirms the delivery date. It also includes a tracking number so that you can track your consignment.

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