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Imported Firewood – The Facts

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Generally a high proportion of kiln dried logs now come from Eastern Europe such as Latvia and Lithuania. Did you know that much of this timber  originates from Russia where sustainable forestry management is questionable and its transported through to EU member states then over to the UK. If burning logs is meant to offer green credentials then using imported timber surely is not green!

Generally speaking if the wood is stacked in a wooden crate, or large unlabeled nets stating a volume in ‘litres’ then the firewood is almost certainly imported wood.  Economically using UK timber boosts the UK economy, investment in the foresty industry, creates UK jobs, contributes to the management and replanting of UK woodlands.

Lastly a worrying threat from imported timber is the emerald ash borer beetle, which is a prolific destroyer of ash trees on the continent and North America, has so far been kept at bay on these islands. Logs imported into the UK may be harboring the beetle and could cause devastation to our ash forests, along the same lines that the Dutch Elm disease decimated elm trees here 40 years ago.

Firewood from Delamere Logs is 100% British supported by our accreditation to the Grown in Britain Scheme so the facts above speak for themselves!

Kiln dried logs are not carbon neutral!!!

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Delamere Logs use the old fashioned method of letting time do the seasoning, enabling fresh cut logs to dry to 15-20% moisture content over a period of 12 months or more.  Our aim is to source the majority of timber from either our own woodlands or from local woodlands within a 10 mile radius of Delamere, minimising the transport required to haul them from woodland to yard for cutting and seasoning.  This all keeps the carbon footprint of the timber to an absolute minimum.

Compare this to many other suppliers offering either imported timber from Latvia and alike or even offering Kiln dried locally sourced logs, the misconception that all logs are carbon neutral is then thrown out of the window.  Kiln drying is done by many suppliers to turn around the stock they hold within a 1 – 2 week period so they do not have to hold stock for 12 months or more.  A great business concept but kiln drying requires heat, which the majority of the time produced by burning timber, oil or gas.  This to us seems madness and quite clearly removes any trace of green credentials burning logs would offer.

We have found that with the correct storage and seasoning of timber our logs we sell can reach a moisture content between 15% to 20% which is more than adequate by any customers standards.

Other problems of kiln drying that customers report include:

  • Poor kiln drying resulting in a log dry on the outside and wet inside
  • Logs too dry so they burn far to quickly and can double consumption
  • Logs are a natural product, they can take in moisture as easily as give off moisture when seasoning.  Kiln dried logs below 10% moisture content can take on moisture during a damp winter for example.
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Trying to be as green as possible!

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We try and be as efficient as possible, reusing where possible and keeping waste to a minimum:

All our saw dust that is produced from cutting logs is collected and used at a local farm for cattle and poultry bedding.

Shards and scraps of wood that are collected when grading logs are netted and sold as economy sticks.

We encourage customers to return builders bags so we can reuse them.  Even though they are classed as ” single trip” bags, we have found they can be used for 3 – 4 times without ripping.

We try to deliver to customers as much as possible as multi-drops not single trips to keep our miles on the road to a minimum.

We have recently upgraded our log processor that has reduced the amount of time it takes to process a load of logs.  We estimate the new machine reduces fuel consumption of our loader and tractor by 25%.

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What is Woodsure and Grown In Britain?

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Woodsure, accredited by HETAS, have independently audited our business, how we operate, the processes we use and more importantly the final product we produce.  The logs are tested and checked for size and moisture content.  This has been a rigorous audit and we are very pleased to say that we are Cheshire’s only firewood supplier to date that have obtained such an accreditation.  HETAS are an independent body and also provide specialist skills and training to log burner stove installers and chimney sweeps to ensure they fit and maintain burners correctly.

The Grown In Britain scheme, provides a guarantee that all its firewood has been grown in the UK in accordance with the UK Government Timber Procurement Policy. It promotes a more sustainable future for British woodlands with management of woodlands and guarantees that the timber we as a business is from the UK only.  As many may know many firewood suppliers offer logs from Latvia and alike which we feel really cannot be sustainable.

View our Woodsure certificate.

View our Grown in Britain certificate.

View the HETAS advice leaflet: Using Wood Fuels for a Sustainable Future.

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Fire Pits and Chimineas

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This summer we have been busier than ever supplying customers in Cheshire with seasoned logs for outdoor firepits and alike.

Of recent there has been a huge hike in popularity in outdoor eating and living with pizza ovens, chimineas, and pits all adding warmth and a cooking device to the patio area!

Softwood seems to be most popular for this as it lights quickly, produces quick intense heat which hardwood would achieve but in a longer period of time.  We supply nets of logs to those wanting a cost effective way of getting the outdoor fire lit!

Or why not get stocked up for winter at the same time as well as purchasing a log store to get organised for the winter ahead.

August also sees the arrival of us being able to take card payments over the phone and order online, all in an effort to make life simpler for the customer.

All part of the service

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We have a new service which we now offer to our customers across Cheshire. For just £5 we’ll supply a heavy duty tarpaulin so we can deliver your logs at any time of day in any weather and your firewood will stay dry. We’ll simply fit the tarpaulin for you so the logs will remain dry until you are back home or are ready to stack them.

We invest a lot of time to ensure our logs are supplied to you as dry and possible so it seems logical to us that they stay this way until you are ready to burn them.

Click here to view all of our logs and products for sale.

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New Trees Taking Root Nicely!

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12 months ago we planted an acre of woodland with a mixture of beech, silver birch and oak.  A year on we are pleased to say the trees are doing rather well with only a few casualties from the cold winter and then dry summer spell.  These have replaced an area of woodland that was once under-managed, offering very little benefits to either timber production or the wildlife population in the area.

The timber felled has been converted to logs for supply to the Cheshire area.  Consisting of a mixture of drying hardwood or overgrown softwood species, it has meant we have been able to supply more local logs to Cheshire customers but in turn rejuvenate a woodland habitat.

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New log processor arrives to keep up with demand in Cheshire

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We have invested heavily in a Posch wood processor to enable us to stock up with logs for our customers in the Cheshire area, mainly in villages such as Tarporley, Frodsham, Delamere, Kelsall and Northwich. We have found demand for our logs and kindling grow and grow as we offer a good product delivered to your door when requested! The sheds are bursting at the seams ready for deliveries this winter.

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Logs in Ashton!

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Today we have just delivered a load of seasoned logs to a customer in Ashton, near Tarvin. 1.3m3 delivered onto the driveway ready for the winter ahead. Call, email or text us with your order for delivery within 48 hours.