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Useful Wood Fuel Facts

Grange Farm Logs want our customers to realise the benefits of burning Larch Logs.

We only sell all larch logs we do not mix any other softwoods into our loads.

The logs are 2 year seasoned and burn extremely well on open fires and stoves.

Larch is the hardest of all the softwoods and It gives off good heat.

Whilst is does burn slightly faster than hardwood, itsmarginal we urge you to try it and see for yourself.

On the environmental side larch grows much faster than hardwoods and its easier to harvest, it seasons well and splits into logs lovely.

This is always reflected in the price as they are always cheaper than hardwood log.

You can always visit us at the yard and see for your self

Grange Farm Logs have spent considerable time researching the best timbers to use for hardwood split logs. We have chosen to use ash as one of our timbers because it has a very low moisture content and produces excellent heat with a nice flame. Another timber we use is beech which also produces good heat with a nice flame. Oak is also used because it is anextremely long burning fuel with a high heat output. The final timbers in the mix are silver birch which has one of the highest calorific values and sycamore and together we feel they offer good results all round. For softwood split logs we only use larch which we have seasoned well fora minimum 2 years. It is an efficient burner better suited to a closed appliance as it may have a tendency to spit a little. It is very useful to start your log fire with softwood, but due to its fast burning properties it is better combined with hardwood to ensure a longer and hotter burn.

There are many benefits to burning wood including burning wood is carbon neutral only giving off the same amount of carbon dioxide on burning as it has absorbed whilst growing providing timber is felled from managed forests, wood fuels will be a renewable source of energy.

Hints on storing your logs:

Having purchased good quality seasoned wood from GrangeFarm Logs it would be best to store your logs outside, raised off the ground,perhaps on a pallet or similar, so the air can freely circulate. Alwaysstack the logs bark side down leaving small gaps between to allow for air. Topoff the final layer with the bark uppermost to act as tile for the rain to runoff. If possible cover the top only, not the sides, with a waterproofsheet to protect against the elements. If you choose to store in a shedor garage ventilate regularly by opening windows.

Store your logs as near to your property as possible to make it easier to top up your indoor log supply. If you keep a smallsupply of logs indoors they will gently warm up, further evaporating anymoisture, before burning a couple of days later on your fire.

Do not worry about a small amount of rainfall on yourlogs. If you follow the above suggestions your logs will easily be ready again for burning.

Typically, such newly-felled timber will have 50%-70%moisture content by weight. The aim is to reduce that level of moisture content down to the level found in the atmosphere, about 15%-20% during the summer months. Without putting the timber in a drying kiln, it is not possible to maintain a lower content than this since if the wood is drier than the atmosphere, it will simply absorb moisture until an equilibrium is reached. Therefore you should aim to store your wood correctly so to get it down to 20 to 25% ready for burning. bringing some of your wood inside to further enhance this on rotation ready for the fire.

This process of reducing the moisture content of wood is termed “seasoning”: and the best method to accomplish this is to facilitate as much air circulation and warmth to reach the wood stack as possible. For this reason, wood to be seasoned should not be stacked or thrown into the garage or a closed shed: all that will happen is that large growths of mould and fungi will thrive on the damp, decaying wood in the cool, still conditions, and after several months the wood will still be too damp to burn. Similarly, wood stack thrown in a heap next to the shaded and cool north side of a building, or hidden out of sight under the rhododendrons where the sun rarely reaches, the rain drips and the humidity levels are high after every downpour,is very unlikely to produce the desired result.

The best place for your wood stack is, so far as is possible, right out in the open. A southerly aspect is best, perhaps along a paddock fence line, or stacked against an outside wall. A simple lean-to type of roof structure could be put up with little effort or expense to keep the worst of the rain from soaking down through the top of the stack, or a tarpaulin sheet could be stretched and weighted down along the top. But remember that rain water is not the main problem, at least during the summer, since that will dry off with a day or two of hot weather. Rather, it is the sap level within the wood itself which is the problem we only split logs that have been felled for at least 12 to 14 months, we then split them hopefully without rain getting on them and store them in drying bags which are stored outside until they are sold. The more knowledgeable our customers get in the correct storage of wood the better the heat output will be. Stocking up your log stores in the summer months ready for your winter fires is the ideal and something we encourage.

You can always ring us or email for help if you are unsure. a stacking service is available for some of our less able customers and must be arranged over the phone and costing is based on how and where the logs are to be stored.

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