Have firewood prices gone up?
We discuss this topic in our recent blog here. [14/07/23]
Why is the cost of firewood rising?
All our firewood is 100% British and comes from within a 100 miles radius of our base in Herefordshire and is taken as woodland thinnings which is part of good woodland management. Woodland takes 60-80 years to reach maturity and costs of woodland management and harvesting and processing continue to rise in line with inflation.
Whilst you may think firewood is expensive, bear in mind how long it takes to grow, it then needs mechanically harvesting with expensive machinery. It is then collected and taken to the forestry roadsides where it is collected by road to the processors. We then need to cut and process the firewood, dry it naturally for a few weeks, then kiln dry for 50-60 hours, pack into small bags, or bulk bags, store them and finally transport out to be delivered at your home.
It is surprising how much works goes into producing a load of firewood!
What is the benefit of buying bulk?
Firewood prices can vary hugely depending on where you buy it from and the volume you purchase. More occasional users will buy small bags from a local garage or supermarket and this tends to be the most expensive way to buy firewood. Buying in bulk bags, however, provides significant cost saving which can equate to as much at 50-60%. Even buying pallets of small bags provides significant savings over buying single bags from a retailer. You do, however, have to be mindful of having good delivery access when ordering in bulk as the delivery tends to be on a large lorry.
Benefit of small plastic bags
Buying little bags in larger quantities on pallets has its benefits. The bulk load is easier to handle on delivery – easier to pick up and carry into the garage rather than loose fill which needs a wheelbarrow to help cart to the log store. Bags are also highly convenient if you have to carry the logs through the house to the back garden and then carrying into the house in small quantities.