Are kiln dried logs worth it?Posted on - 13.08.21
Kiln-dried logs are quickly becoming the preferred choice for homeowners looking to heat their homes with wood fuel. For this blog, D Price & Sons will show you why this heating source is worth the hype.
To fully understand the dramatic shift to kiln-dried, we will start with how people used to burn wood and why.
Traditionally firewood would be purchased after a tree surgeon or farmer would fell trees, cut, split, and stack them using air to naturally season and extract the moisture out of the logs over a prolonged period (often a year). Now it was considered suitable for burning on fires and in stoves, with kindling used in the fire to keep it going.
The best suppliers of seasoned logs allow their logs up to 2-3 years to dry out, although this can take up a lot of space. Finding seasoned logs that are low in moisture is hard to find, with the climate in Britain making it hard to achieve sufficiently low moisture levels.
Comparing the heat output per weight
Most seasoned logs on the market fall between the range of 25-50% moisture content, although this can depend on the supplier.
The calorific content of the majority of seasoned logs falls between 2,300-3,500 kWh/tonne.
Most kiln-dried logs fall between 3,600-4,500 kWh/tonne, with a significant increase of heat output - almost twice that of most seasoned logs.
Our kiln-dried logs contain up to 20% less moisture, allowing them to give off up to 3 times more heat.
When comparing the heat output of kiln-dried versus season firewood, along with the cost, kiln-dried logs are certainly worth the investment. Additionally, they won't cause damage to your stove or flue like most seasoned logs on the market that is above 25% moisture content.
Does kiln-dried wood burner longer?
Kiln-dried wood does burn longer, but only if burnt on an open fire with no air control. It is still recommended to burn kiln-dried logs on open fires to avoid tarring up the chimney.
In wood-burning stoves, kiln-dried logs will burn slower and cleanly providing there is a huge amount of heat.
What's the best way to store kiln-dried logs?
The best way to store this type of logs is to store it undercover to keep the rain off, but don't worry about a little moisture on the outside of the log. Any moisture quickly evaporates from the surface of the logs.
The beauty of kiln dried logs is that it removes the majority of moisture from the inside of the log. Garages are also fine as storage so long as they have sufficient airflow. Just avoid damp storage areas.
Talk to the trusted kiln dried logs suppliers
Moving to kiln-dried logs will save you money on your fuel plus burning wet logs causes damage to your burners.
If you have any questions about our range of kiln-dried logs, please do not hesitate to contact us today.