If stored and seasoned correctly firewood will last many seasons. The firewood that we sell from our yard in Claybrooke Magna is produced from kiln-dried hardwood timber and therefore is ideal for use in a log burning stove or an open fire.
Kiln-dried material is preferred over green or part-dried material as it will burn more efficiently. In addition, hardwoods have different burning characteristic to softwoods and are unanimously preferred due to the fact that they burn much more efficiently.
If you produce your own firewood then you will need to store it and season it before use. A minimum of 6 months should be given to the drying of firewood but it is best to cut and split wood for the following season well in advance. It is best to split our logs and then store them in a log store or a log stack. Timber should be stored off the ground with a covering over it to help keep the rain off but still allowing the air to pass through and around to help with the drying process.
As for which types of wood make for good firewood: this poem from an 1930 issue of the Times should tell you everything you need to know!
The Firewood Poem
Beechwood fires are bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year,
Chestnut’s only good they say,
If for logs ’tis laid away.
Make a fire of Elder tree,
Death within your house will be;
But ash new or ash old,
Is fit for a queen with crown of gold
Birch and fir logs burn too fast
Blaze up bright and do not last,
it is by the Irish said
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread.
Elm wood burns like churchyard mould,
E’en the very flames are cold
But ash green or ash brown
Is fit for a queen with golden crown
Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke,
Apple wood will scent your room
Pear wood smells like flowers in bloom
Oaken logs, if dry and old
keep away the winter’s cold
But ash wet or ash dry
a king shall warm his slippers by.
Written by Lady Celia Congreve and first published in the Times on the 2nd March 1930.
About Our Hardwood Timber Firewood
We have firewood for sale in various different quantities on our online shop along with firewood stillages and bags of ready to use kindling. Stay warm this winter without breaking the bank; stock up on hardwood timber firewood now.