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New Wood Wool Fire Lighters

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Have you tried our new Wood Wool Fire Lighters?!

A simple and easy way to get the fire started! Pop a couple in the base of the log burner, put some of our seasoned kindling on top and simple light the fire lighter! Once the kindling is well alight add some logs, sit back and enjoy! You can order them online by adding them to a log purchase and they will be delivered with you seasoned logs to your home!

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.