Kiln Dried Hardwood in Alfreton Derbyshire
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Firewood Logs are Ideal for:
- Wood burning stoves
- Multi-fuel stoves
- Open fires
- Pizza ovens (ideal as clean burning and consistent temperatures)
The best quality logs you can buy in Alfreton are kiln dried hardwood logs. We say hardwood logs because they have more density and will therefore burn better and longer than softwood or just seasoned logs. Hardwood logs are also heavier and they produce more heat.
Kiln dried is the process where the moisture is dried out of the wood leaving a product that has less than 20% moisture content. At this level the kiln dried hardwood logs will burn much more efficiently.
They burn at higher temperatures, produce more heat, and can also be better for your fuel burning appliance as the higher temperatures will burn off the noisture and any sap avoiding the build up of tar.
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Kiln Dried Hardwood Logs - "simply the best quality for your stove"
We kiln dry our logs for a minimum of 5 full days in order to dry properly our logs. Sometimes if the humidity level is very high we increase for up to 7 days ( usually in the coldest part of mid-winter.)
When we put the logs into the kiln, firstly we put the logs into crates of between one and two cubic meters capacity, the logs are not stacked tightly together but merely thrown randomly into the crate creating as much air space as possible. Some companies stack the logs in a crate in 3 rows tightly together to get as many logs into the kiln as possible, if the logs are stacked together then the air and most importantly the heat can not pass freely between the logs, drying them in an even manner. We also stack our crates in the kiln with a 20 to 30 cm distance between the crates so as to let air and heat come into contact with all the logs evenly.
The kiln heat is approximately 90 to 100 degrees. The reason for this temperature is that if you kiln too low the heat is not sufficient to allow the logs to sweat out the moisture and if too hot the outside of the log is baked and traps the moisture into the log. If the moisture is trapped in side the log within a few days of leaving the kiln the wood becomes moist again on the outside as the moisture leaches. During kilning the moist air is vacuum removed at regular intervals. Moisture sensors attached to long wires are knocked into some logs in different parts of the kiln to monitor the log moisture content. Some kilns do not have this technology and humans have to enter the kilns at regular intervals while the kiln is running, to take moisture readings. Modern kilns automatically switch off when the set moisture level is reached. Some bogus log companies only kiln for short time in order to advertise kiln dried logs but of course we know the logs will still be wet. When the kilns are switched on they are manned 24 hrs a day because when the moisture in the air gets to a certain level it has to be vacuum removed.
When the logs are removed from the kiln they have to stand in the crates for another 2 to 3 days before packing so as to slowly cool down. If they are packed too soon while still hot they can still create humidity and sweat. A sweating log can very quickly start to mould.
The kilning process is a mine field if not done properly. This is why it is so important for the end user to chose carefully where they buy kiln dried wood and from which company. It is hard to find customers but very easy to lose them.
Small to Large Quantities - "single bags to full pallets"
Logs may be ordered from single bags to a whole pallet. Obviously the more you order the cheaper the price becomes per bag.
Typical Bagged Firewood Specifications:
- Kiln dried hardwood
- 22 litre strong plastic packaging
- Moisture level less than 20% - ready to burn
- High temperature burn
- Natural flame
- Bag weight 7 kg approx
- Log width 25 cm approx
- Country of origin: Latvia
- Fast delivery to Alfreton - Derbyshire
Bulk bags / Crates & Trade Enquiries - "bags, crates to full containers"
Kiln Dried Hardwood in Alfreton Derbyshire