How To Dry You Own Logs?Posted on - 26.03.21
As highlighted in our other blogs such as ‘Are Kiln Dried Logs Better For Firewood?’, it’s important that they are seasoned before they’re burnt. This can be done either by yourself or by those who you purchase the wood from. If already seasoned, they’ll usually be labelled as so, such as being called ‘kiln dried’. However, this will come at an increased price and if you have the space, time and knowledge, you could use our guide to dry it yourself.
Why Should I Dry My Logs?
As we’ve mentioned in our other guides already, the moisture content of your logs must be reduced down to 25-20% before burning. Before being dried, it’s likely that the moisture content will be sitting at around 45-30%. If burnt at this level, it would let out much more smoke which would cause serious damage to your log burner and its surroundings. Not only that but by burning moist wood, most of the energy from the fire will be used to rid the moisture making it harder to maintain the desired heat levels.
Therefore, by burning the wood once dry, you’ll be able to burn a much more efficient fire without any concerns about its safety too.
Where Can I Purchase Logs in Staffordshire?
Whether you decide to burn logs that have already been dried or you wish to dry them yourself, D Price and Sons can help. Our range of premium logs includes all of the following options:
- Softwood Logs
- Hardwood Logs
- Kiln Dried Softwood Logs
- Kiln Dried Hardwood Logs
Each has been carefully selected in order to guarantee that we can provide the cheapest and best value supplier of logs in Staffordshire. In addition, as a Biomass Suppliers List registered supplier, you can feel confident knowing that we are committed to sustainability through using high-quality fuels, which is reflected in our products. With over 25 years of experience delivering logs around Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, we’re a supplier you can trust.
How Can I Dry My Own Logs?
First of all, there are a couple of things to consider before starting. Your first consideration should be whether you have the right amount of space available. In order to dry your logs, you will most likely need to either do this outside or in a shed with adequate ventilation. Secondly, you must consider whether you have the time. If left as they are, it can take up to two years to get them down to the right moisture level. However, this can be cut shorter by chopping the wood beforehand. Although this may not be a quick process to begin with, once you enter into a cycle, you should always have wood ready to burn.
As we have just mentioned, a good starting point is to ensure that the logs are chopped according to how you would like them. Then, you must find somewhere where they can be protected from rainfall. In order to ensure that the wind can still do its job of drying it, the sides of the stack should be left open. If you have instead opted for a shed, slatted sides should be able to let the air through. In order to check whether they have been seasoned well enough, you can inspect the ends of the logs. If they are darker and cracked, they should be dry. If you have wood to make a comparison, you should also find that the dry wood is lighter than its wet counterpart.
Hardwood and Softwood Logs in Staffordshire
Here at D Price and Sons, we have been supplying hardwood and softwood logs to Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire for over 25 years. Whether you wish to dry your own firewood or purchase it ready to burn, we can help. All of our premium logs can be purchased online and depending on your postcode, you may be able to get free delivery.
More information on this can be found on our delivery page. Alternatively, if you have any questions, please contact us. Our experienced and friendly team will be happy to hear from you and assist in any way that they can. If you have also found this blog to be helpful, you can find plenty more just like it in our latest news section.