Free delivery within 10 miles of Duns TD11 3LT
Tel. 01361 882 190 Email. firstname.lastname@example.org
WE HAVE STOCK OF DRY HARDWOOD AS OF 16th October 2016. PLEASE CALL or EMAIL TO ARRANGE DELIVERY
Any questions? Please see our FAQs at the foot of this page.
All prices include VAT at the reduced rate of 5% for biomass
Seasoned hardwood guaranteed 20% or lower moisture content*
Pickup truck load (c.1.6m3**)
* At time of delivery- if wood is rained on or stored in a damp shed, it will absorb water. These logs are the equal of any kiln dried product.
** Thrown cubic metre, with random voids between logs.
"Just to say I am delighted with your logs! The best I have ordered in this area, so you now have a new loyal customer... I'll let you know when I need another load."
Peter, Norham (October 2012)
HAVE YOU CONSIDERED CUTTING YOUR OWN FIREWOOD THIS SEASON?
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WHAT LOAD SIZE DO I NEED?
Standard sizes for log delivery vary widely and include 'dumpy bag' or 'bulk bag' (typically 0.6m3, the kind of thing you see sand delivered to a building site in), potato box (typically 1m3) and 'one ton'. We use a pick-up truck to deliver, equivalent to almost 3 standard bulk bags.
HOW FAST IS DELIVERY?
If we have the logs in stock we can usually deliver next day, during office hours. We do not offer a weekend delivery option.
HOW DO I PAY?
We accept most cards by telephone and BAC. Please no cheques
WHY DOES MOISTURE CONTENT (mc) MATTER SO MUCH?
The moisture content of wood is boring to talk about but makes a big difference to how well it burns. If you live in a dry centrally heated house your floor boards will be about 6-8%mc and would burn very fast. By contrast, a living tree in your garden will have about 60% mc and would be hard to light, but would burn slowly if you put it on a hot fire. If you buy freshly cut logs they will give you less than half the heat of an equivalent load of dry logs; it is like paying for a tank of petrol but only getting half the tank, so best avoided.
WHAT IS THE BEST KIND OF WOOD FOR A NEW BOX STOVE?
If you have a modern steel or cast iron box stove (e.g. a Morso, Stovax, Esse, Arrow or similar) it should be completely air-tight, except of course for the air control that you operate. This allows you to decide how much air feeds the combustion of your logs and you get all the benefit of using dry hardwood. Modern box stoves are often small, so hardwoods pack the most energy into the smallest, most dense log. This gives you the longest possible burn-time and the minimum of harmful deposits in your flue. For a cheaper alternative to hardwood, there is nothing wrong with softwood- it contains about 75% of the energy of the best hardwoods and sparks don't matter if they are inside the stove.
WHAT IS THE BEST KIND OF WOOD FOR AN OPEN FIRE?
Dry hardwood is technically the best from the point of view that soot deposits are minimised.
WHY CAN'T I HAVE A TON OF LOGS?
Logs are properly sold by volume. You want logs to generate heat, and the wetter the logs, the heavier they are and the less recoverable energy they contain. Unless you are presented with a weigh bridge ticket and a moisture content reading, be circumspect about logs sold 'by the ton'. We recommend choosing your logs by volume, moisture content and type (hardwood or softwood).
WHAT KINDS OF WOOD ARE AVAILABLE?
Our native hardwoods typically include ash, beech and oak, and occasionally more exotic species might turn up. Non-native hardwoods include sycamore or possibly lime which burns very well too. Softwoods are never mixed with our hardwoods and include Norway and Sitka spruce, but principally larch. It is not likely if you have read this far, but if you bore easily skip the rest as I have an axe to grind:
A desk-bound contemporary academic might try to tell you that beech is not native to Berwickshire; I do not share this flora-nationalism, although it is widespread in Scottish government and NGO circles. Beech is native to the whole of France, and north to southern Sweden. So just over the sea beech trees are native at this latitude. Pollen records show beech to be well established in Southern England 6000 years ago and beech is considered native, broadly, to the Southern half of England. The last ice sheet was gone from this part of Scotland 15000 years ago, and the climate was, with a few exceptions, warming all the time. Dryer parts of Northern England (and Berwickshire) had developed into ideal habitat for beech. Is it really credible that, even without the interference of man, a tree that regenerates so freely throughout England and across much of Scotland would not have made it to Berwickshire, and beyond, in 6000 years? It is plain that beech would have reached this locality without the help of man, unless you twist floral reality so far as to ban any plant that was not here the decade the ice sheet melted. Regrettably, this academic posturing is now informing policy-makers and causing real harm to managed forestry across Southern Scotland.
CAN I GET A DISCOUT?
Regrettably no, our logs are among the most environmentally sound and lowest priced on the local market (they are dry, but not kiln dried or transported from overseas) and in Duns kiln-dried logs are currently advertised at £179.99/m3 (crated). Our logs represent genuinely great value.