So what is seasoning? Essentially it is making wood fit for burning – by reducing its water content – usually by leaving it for a period of time in the right conditions.
All wood contains water. Freshly-cut wood can be up to 45% water, while well-seasoned firewood generally has a 18–25% moisture content. Well seasoned firewood is easier to light, produces more heat, and burns cleaner.
The first step to drive the water out of the wood is to cut it into lengths – let’s say about 8-12 inches long, at Ashlogs we do this as soon as our cord wood (long lengths) arrives on site. From experience we have learnt how to have plenty of stock all year at 22% or below water content. And to back this claim up we carry a moisture meter on our deliveries - please ask if you would like to check the water percentage.
It is a very real problem finding suppliers of properly seasoned hardwood, it was from experience of this that started the idea that has become Ashlogs.
If you try to burn green wood, the heat produced by combustion must dry the wood before it will burn, using up a large percentage of the available energy in the process. This results in less heat delivered to your home.
Our seasoned logs are in the main Ash and Beech, however through our Tree Management side of the business we are often able to include seasoned logs of Oak and some other hardwoods.
Ash – the best burning wood providing plenty of heat.
Beech – good when well seasoned.
Oak – two year seasoned oak is excellent, burning slowly with a good heat.