Advice and Questions to Ask
This is our 10th winter selling logs and in
that time we have learnt a great deal, most of which is common sense.
The amount of air needed to burn a log is directly linked to the moisture content of the log. If
you are burning good quality dry wood, once the appliance is hot, by keeping the air intake to a minimum, you should be able
to achieve a slow rolling flame. In this way most of the heat radiates into the room and is not blasted up the chimney. It
should also be said that it is important to maintain a good seal on the door as this affects your control of air intake. Ultimately
the more air introduced the faster the log burns. Obviously all fires need oxygen, but just enough to maintain a slow
clean burn and to keep your glass clean.
The word seasoned generally relates to how long a tree
has been felled. It bears no relation to how dry the logs are when they are delivered to you. Seasoned wood is not necessarily
dry wood ready to burn. Some suppliers cut 'seasoned' wood directly into their trailers and deliver the same
day. As a general rule seasoned wood cut during the winter months should be avoided as it will not dry sufficiently to burn.
Here are a few common sense pertinent questions to ask.
1 Would it be ok to come and look at the logs and discuss my requirements prior to delivery? (Be
very wary of anyone who does not welcome you to look).
2 Is your wood dry and ready to burn? Barn dried 20-25%, kiln
3 How long has the wood been cut (not felled) into logs
for the fire?
4 What species do you sell? Generally oak ash and beech are
the premium hardwoods.
If you are happy with the information given, then I'm
sure you have found a genuine supplier.