Our logs are a by product of the sustainable British woodlands we manage and clear.
Logging in woodlands and forests is an ancient activity. Choosing the right tree to fell and choosing the right firewood means looking at the condition of the tree as well as the species.
There are specific woods that we want and nature has its own way of helping us out. The wood that we want, the wood that makes for great firewood logs, is the wood we have to actively seek out and work hard to retrieve; it's probably nature's way of rewarding our hard work with what's plentiful. Take willow, for example; willow's easy to get at and grows on the edge of rivers but wood that has an affinity for water is going to stay wet - that's nature telling us what is good for burning.
One of the very well known DIY sheds are well known to buy Poplar to sell as firewood to an unsuspecting public, simply because no one wants it. Now, here's a great example of the wrong wood being selected for sale as logs! Poplar is predominantly grown by a company called Bryant & May - you know them, they manufacture matches. Matches have to be made from wood that burns quickly. Clearly, you wouldn't want logs burning quickly like a match. Why would a big DIY store want to buy wood such as Poplar for logs? Well, it may be because they're keen for you as a customer to return on a regular basis to buy more logs.
So, what kinds of wood are we looking for in order to produce great firewood logs? Hornbeam, ash, sycamore and beech.
Hornbeam, ash, sycamore and beech are what we call white woods and oak is a darker wood. We selectively fell oak and we try to get a balance of all hardwoods within our deliveries. Phil and his staff have the knowledge that oak burns slowly and sycamore burns quickly so it's stacked and seasoned in our timber yard so that customers are getting a quality mix of all. Once you know that certain logs burn faster than others you'll be able to light a better fire.
We like to help our customers and educate them about lighting the best fire: if you put the faster burning white wood in your log burner first, this will give you a wonderful fire quickly. For a slower burn, brown wood can be used giving you warmth through to the morning.
Online ordering is the fastest way to arrange a delivery of logs by us direct to your home. We're a traditional business and we're still able to take payment upon delivery. We make our regular deliveries on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays and our deliveries are typically 7-14 days after order. If you have any questions, please do phone us on 01582 767868. Thank you.