Don’t get smoked out this winter

When sourcing wood for the winter, whether to burn in our log burners or on an open fire, do enough of us think about the quality of the wood we are buying? Is buying cheap and unseasoned wood not only a false economy but bad for our stoves, chimneys and the environment?


Let’s start with the fundamentals. If you want your wood to burn hot and efficiently it has to be dry and preferably a hardwood. If the water content of your firewood is too high the heat will not combust the wood efficiently. This results in a fire that takes much longer to get roaring, and more importantly, a fire that creates too much smoke.


With this in mind we take a look at DEFRA’s advice on how to avoid smoke and on the type of wood you should be burning:


1. Buy ‘Ready to Burn’ fuel if you want to burn immediately. Always look for the logo as a guarantee of good quality dry wood.


ready to burn firewood

2. Season freshly chopped wood before burning. Wet or unseasoned wood, often sold in nets, is cheaper to buy, but it needs to be seasoned (dried) before burning. Wet wood contains moisture which creates smoke and harmful particulates when burned. This can damage your stove and chimney. It also means you’re losing out on heat for your home. If it is freshly chopped, let it dry FOR 2 YEARS


Source: DEFRA – Open Fires and Wood Burning Stoves – A practical guide


At The Log Stock, we believe passionately about what wood should be going on your fire. This is why all of our hardwood firewood is perfectly seasoned and certified by Woodsure as Ready to Burn. This means our wood has been tested and contains no more than 20% moisture content.

the log stock firewood


Not only do we want to provide you with the best wood, we also want to help safeguard where and how it is sourced. This is why we source all of our wood from a sustainably managed woodland in the Chilterns, right here in the UK. We also donate 5% of our profits to The Woodland Trust. We are playing a small role in the stand against deforestation and commercial logging.


The best bit. We deliver our Ready to Burn firewood directly to your front door in a convenient box. We currently offer four sizes, 15kg, 20kg, 30kg and 50kg and delivery is free.


No seasoning, storing or stacking needed, unless of course you want to!


Get 10% off your first order today! Use the code ‘LOG88’ at checkout.