Logs & Kindling

We process all of the timber we take as part of the arboricultural and woodland work we carry out in to 20-25cm split logs for domestic fireplaces and wood burners. All wood is naturally air-dried and stacked in cords for a year following felling, then processed and stored under cover to ensure seasoned, dry logs are delivered to your door. Typical seasoned moisture content of the logs depending on species of wood, is between 15-20%. We do not support the process of kiln drying – all our wood is naturally seasoned with no energy expended to dry the wood. Please note that the logs are of mixed species (hardwood and softwood). We do NOT include species of wood such as Scots Pine or Larch that are excessively tarry or unsuitable for burning.

We now supply finely-split , air-dried Poplar kindling that lights readily and is sold in a conveniently sized net.

Please note that volumes stated are for a ‘loose’ load – the logs are placed haphazardly in to the load space for delivery, not tightly stacked. This is normal practice when comparing prices with other providers. The load space is precisely measured to ensure an accurate ‘loose’ volume is supplied. Please see the scrolling image bar at the top for a photograph of a 2 cubic metre tipped load and a net of kindling.

2017-18 Prices

  • 2m³ loose split mixed species seasoned logs, 20-25cm lengths, delivered free within a  6-mile radius of Frilford

£147.00 inc. VAT

  • 1m³ loose split mixed species seasoned logs, 20-25cm lengths, delivered free within a 6-mile radius of Frilford

£84.00 inc. VAT

Please enquire for delivery prices outside the 6 mile radius. Please note that the prices above do not include stacking.  The load will be tipped where instructed. We regret that we are unable to offer a stacking service. The logs are delivered by a Tipper Land Rover.

Payment Terms

An invoice will be provided when the logs are delivered. Payment is due on delivery either in cash, by cheque or by subsequent bank transfer.

We are members of the OxLogs scheme – this is a voluntary, trust-based scheme signed up for by local firewood providers. This scheme ensures that the wood being sold is sustainably sourced, local and of an accurately stated quantity and quality. Please see the link below for more details:

http://www.oxonwoodfuel.org.uk/our-community-wants-to/we-want-to-buy-local-woodfuel/woodfuel-suppliers/

For those of you who are new to heating your home with wood, below is some advice and information regarding wood types and wood storage:

Log Storage Tips

We endeavor to deliver our logs to you seasoned and dry with a maximum moisture content of 20%. Ideally the logs should be stored in a well-ventilated, dry area (ideally an open-fronted shed or purpose-built log store with a roof and open sides) to allow any remaining moisture to escape as the logs continue to dry out. If this moisture cannot escape, the logs will ‘sweat’ and rot can establish very quickly, breaking down the lignin in the wood and causing it to become damp and crumbly.

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Dispelling the Myths – Hardwoods vs Softwoods

Softwoods are classified as wood from any cone-bearing tree, whereas hardwoods are from broadleaved tree species such as Oak, Ash and Beech. The terminology does not refer to whether the wood is ‘hard’ or ‘soft’, indeed, some softwoods are much denser and harder that some hardwoods! Hardwoods are generally preferred for burning in open fireplaces as they are less likely to ‘spit’ and due to their calorific value per volume compared to softwoods. Softwoods are ideal for wood burners.

Most softwoods contain resin which is a highly volatile hydrocarbon containing (mostly) terpenes. The combustion of these hydrocarbons can cause the wood to ‘spit’ if moisture is present. Burning properly seasoned softwood will reduce the risk of ‘spitting’ enormously, indeed most rural communities in Eastern Europe rely on softwoods as a primary fuel source for heating. Softwoods are ideal for wood burners but of course must be dry. Burning any wet wood will result in a poor fire, a cooler chimney and the tars and resins contained within the smoke will condense in the chimney and cause excessive tar build up that will, in time, present a fire hazard. Wood burners should always be burned hot to avoid this occurrence with any wood type.

We ensure all of our hardwood and softwood logs are seasoned and dried before sale with a typical moisture content of between 15 – 20%.

Wood density varies between species – Ash, Oak and Beech are generally regarded as being the best commonly-occurring hardwoods to burn and it’s no coincidence that they are amongst the most dense types of wood growing in our woodlands. Faster-growing species such as Willow, Poplar, Alder and most softwoods are much less dense, hold a greater moisture content when green and burn faster when dry. Below is a brief summary of the most commonly-occurring fire woods and their varying properties:

Alder –  Reasonable, must be well seasoned.

Apple – Excellent, burns slowly with great heat. Wonderful scent but rarely found in any quantity.

Ash – Widely regarded as the best firewood, has a very low moisture content and will burn when green.

Beech – Excellent, low moisture content, burns slowly with a bright flame.

Birch – Burns with a bright fire, fairly fast burning.

Cedar – Good when dry. It gives little flame but much heat. Wonderful scent.

Cherry – Burns slowly with good heat. Another wood with the advantage of scent and does not spit.

Chestnut - Reasonable. Relatively fast-burning, mature wood is hard to split.

Cypress  –  Burns well with a bright fire when seasoned.

Douglas Fir – Generally considered to be a poor firewood.

Elder – A poor firewood. Very smoky and hard to kindle. Quick burning with little heat.

Elm – Needs to be well-seasoned (ideally 2 years from green or cut dead/diseased). Very high water content when green, it is a very dense wood that will last well when mixed with other species in the stove.

Hawthorn – An excellent firewood but rarely found, it is extremely dense and burns with a bright, hot fire and with a sweet-smelling smoke.

Hazel –  Good, burns fast with a bright fire without spitting.

Holly –  Excellent. A very dense, waxy wood which will burn when green, but best when kept a season. Burns with a very bright fire and lasts well but rarely found in abundance due to its slow growth rates.

Hornbeam – Good. A dense wood with a low moisture content. Burns with a bright fire and lasts well.

Horse Chestnut – Good flame and heating power but can spit and mature wood is tough to split.

Laburnum – A poor firewood. Hard to split and smoky when burnt, even when well seasoned.

Larch – A poor firewood. Spits badly. A pleasant scent when burned but creates an oily soot in chimneys.

Laurel – A dense wood which burns with a brilliant flame. Not common.

Lime - Very light and fast-burning when dry. Burns with a dull flame.

Maple –  Good. A relatively dense wood, easy to split and burns with a bright fire.

Oak – Must be seasoned for at least 2 years due to the tannins in the wood. It is excellent for heat, burning slowly and steadily but with little flame. A distinctive, pleasant scent when burned, it is often used for smoking foods.

Pear – A heavy and dense wood, it is slow-burning and gives a lovely scent. Rarely found.

Pine – Burns with a very bright fire but is prone to spit. It must be well-seasoned as it gives off a large number of tars and resins when burned.

Plane – A dense wood with a low moisture content when green, it burns pleasantly, but is apt to throw sparks if very dry.

Plum – Excellent, gives good heat and scent, long-lasting.

Poplar – A light wood when dry, it burns very well with a bright fire. Ideal for kindling and matchsticks!

Rhododendron – The thick old stems, being very tough, burn well.

Robinia (Acacia) – Slow-burning with good heat, gives an acrid smoke. Mature wood is very tough to split with huge cross-grain strength.

Rowan – Burns well. Mature wood is hard to find in any quantity.

Spruce – Poor. Burns too quickly and with too many sparks.

Sweet chestnut – Burns well when seasoned but sends out sparks. Only for use in a stove with door closed!

Sycamore –  Burns with a good flame, easy to split and abundant.

Walnut – Good, sweet scent when burned.

Willow – Very high water content when green. It needs to be well-seasoned but is then very light and fast-burning. It is however abundant, easy to cut and split and burns with a bright fire when dry. Distinctive, sweet-smelling smoke.

Yew – Excellent. One of the best firewoods but not common. It burns with a fierce heat and lasts very well. Sweet smelling smoke. Very tough to split however.

 

 

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