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Bulk Bag Kiln Dried Large 25cm

Bulk Bag Kiln Dried Large 25cm

Regular Price: £222.00

Special Price £199.80

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Choosing the right firewood for your appliance

Choosing the right firewood for your needs is not always easy so here are a few useful tips, although you can always ring us at to discuss your requirements.

Firewood for a Wood Burning Stoves

It is essential that you use dry firewood in your stove. Stove manufacturers only recommend a maximum of 20% moisture content and so you need to look for the new HETAS/Woodsure, ‘Ready to Burn’ logo which guarantees the logs are below 20%. This scheme is supported by DEFRA to help improve fuel quality. All Certainly Wood kiln dried logs are approved under this scheme.

This quality will ensure a clean burn with no blackening of the stove glass or build-up of soot or tar in the chimney or flue. It also means that in an efficient stove, you will actually use far less firewood, so more cost effective.

Our kiln dried logs are ‘Ready to Burn’ so you need to ensure they are stored in a cool dry place, either in a log store or garage.

Firewood for Pizza Ovens and Outdoor Cooking

These appliances are becoming more and more popular whether just for home cooking or within restaurants and pubs. The same principles apply as for the wood burning stove, the wood must be dried to below 20% moisture content so look for the ‘Ready to Burn’ logo for guaranteed firewood quality.

These appliances generally benefit from a smaller diameter log, as chefs require a good flame as well as quick heat. We have the perfect selection of British kiln dried logs for cooking over. Ring us for more details about the supply of kiln dried cooking logs to homes, restaurants, pubs and hotels.

Firewood for an Open Fire

When burning firewood logs on an open appliance, it’s impossible to control the air flow. Because of this, very dry firewood can sometimes burn too quickly but you still want to get good heat output and avoid sooting up chimneys etc.

The best solution for this is to burn our ‘kiln dried chunky logs’ that have a thicker diameter (10-21cm) and so provide a longer burn. The moisture content in the centre of the log is naturally a bit higher. (Av 30%). However, it is also just as important to have some smaller logs for getting the fire started, so perhaps consider a combination of standard and chunky logs, although we cannot mix these in single packs.

Never be tempted to go for poorly seasoned firewood – Yes, they will burn slower, but you won’t get the heat output and you will actually end up using up to twice as much firewood to generate the same heat AND you will get the soot and tar build up in your chimney and ultimately you could be heading towards a chimney fire!

Firewood for a Campfire, Chimenea and Firepit

Outdoor burning is just as important and in some ways, dry wood is even more critical. Whether the appliance is just for sitting around on a summers evening or perhaps cooking over, two things are vital - good heat output and minimal smoke. The latter is inevitable when using wet wood, but get a good fire going with dry wood and there will be barely any smoke.

So, once again we recommend only using ‘Ready to Burn’ kiln dried logs, although a combination of products will work even better and provide flexibility through burning.

We have Flaming Firewood product sold in small bags. These are still kiln dried, but offer a range of shapes and sizes within each bag and are perfect for these applications to get the fire going and we highly recommend you start your fire at least an hour before you need it. Once going, you can add larger logs for a longer burn, but only once you have a good base to the fire. Chunky logs can be used in this instance or our longer 35cm kiln dried logs. Log size will depend on your appliance size.

Seasoned logs

When anyone refers to ‘seasoned logs’ the moisture content will vary considerably, particularly at different times of the year. We ONLY recommend buying ‘seasoned logs' if you are going to store the firewood for a further 6 months at least. This is fine as when you have sufficient space and can ensure the logs are stored under cover and with plenty of airflow through the stack. Our logs stores provide the perfect environment for storage.

Log Size

Nearly all our logs are cut to a length of 25cm (+/- 10%) and after consulting with the majority of UK stove manufacturers we know these will fit 99.9% of UK stoves.
The diameter of our standard logs is 5-15cm measured at the widest point of the log. This provides smaller logs to build a good base to the fire and larger ones for a longer burn.

We also provide logs with a length of 35cm and 50cm for larger fires or stoves. As they are longer logs, they are also slightly bigger diameter than the 25cm logs.

Pack Sizes

The large 1.6m3 bulk bag is the most cost-effective purchase although you can buy the 1.2m3 bulk bag or 0.8m3 bulk bag of kiln dried logs. If you do not wish to have firewood delivered in a large bulk bag, you can have small bags either 70 bags on a pallet, 50 bags or 30 bags on a pallet. Some people find these easier to manage and handle. It’s really down to personal preference as to which suits best.
When buying in bulk, you can purchase a large or small bulk bag of loose logs or, for the convenience of movement, little bags on a pallet of 50 or 80. Of all the products, the large bulk bag is the most cost effective.

Volumes

Bulk bags are ‘loose-filled’ i.e. dropped into the bag from a conveyor. The logs are therefore not stacked in the bag. We know that the volume is correct as we check the volume in a metal cage measuring 1m x 1m x 1.2m or 1.6m tall. Fill these to the top and we confirm the volume is correct.
The little bags have the logs packed by hand so actually, they are termed as ‘stacked’ volume and each bag contains 0.02m3. I know that makes it confusing, but it’s a HETAS requirement to declare volumes. However to simplify things the following table converts everything into a ‘loose-fill’ equivalent.
Firstly, the 1.2m3 bulk bag holds approx. 36 small bags and the 1.6m3 48 small bags, so the bulk packs convert as follows:


1.6m3 bulk bag      =    1.6m3
1.2m3 bulk bag      =    1.2m3
80 bag pallet          =    2.67m3
50 bag pallet          =    1.67m3
0.8m3 bulk bag = 0.8m3

Firewood Storage

Always store the firewood under cover and in a well-ventilated area. We always recommend that the bulk bags are decanted, however, if you are lucky enough to be able to get the bag direct into your garage, then it will be fine left in the bag. If outside, you should really cover the bag as if water gets in, then the logs may end up going mouldy as there will not be enough airflow. Don’t forget the bulk bags are only showerproof and NOT waterproof. The small bags do have little-breathing holes, so are also not waterproof. Again, best stored under cover.

How much firewood do I need?

We get asked this question a lot and it is a tricky one, as is depends on your type of appliance, its efficiency, the house insulation etc. With that in mind, we've created a firewood usage calculator to help you find out how much firewood you need, whether that's for a year or a shorter period of time. 

Try before you buy in bulk

We understand buying kiln dried logs in bulk is a big commitment, that's why we offer our Certainly Wood Starter kit everything you need for the perfect fire, giving you the opportunity to try our products before buying large quantities. Our starter kit contains, 100% quality assured British kiln dried firewood, kiln dried kindling and Flamers natural firelighters - plus a handy box of matches. Our starter kits cost £10 per box with FREE delivery.  

Chimney Cleaning

Even though you are going to be using high-quality fuel which provides a clean burn, you should still ensure your flue or chimney is swept a minimum of once a year and we recommend you use an approved chimney sweep. Visit:
http://nacs.org.uk/
http://www.guildofmasterchimneysweeps.co.uk/index.php

Moisture Content

There are ways of telling how dry the wood is such as knocking 2 logs together and getting nice hollow sound, rather than a dull thud, or observing how many cracks are appearing in the log end. Well cracked will normally suggest, well dried.
However, the really best way to check the moisture content is by using a moisture meter. This will give you a pretty good guide as the actual reading of the firewood, both inside and out. Check inside by splitting a log open. Just be aware however that moisture meters are not always 100% accurate, particularly the very cheap ones.