We split logs the traditional way… with an axe. This is the best way to ensure consistent quality firewood.
Using the axe to split logs means each of your hardwood logs will be the optimum length and thickness to light and burn well on your open fire.
You will notice the difference in how easily the fire lights and how long the firewood burns – traditional quality logs burn more consistently than the little slivers you often find in machine-processed firewood.
Axe-split logs have the added benefit of looking great too, adding that picturesque country feel to your living room or storage area.
Not all logs are the same! The different type of timber give off various sort of heat. We detail what to look for to achieve the optimum from your wood.
It’s essential that all the logs that you burn in your stove, woodburner or open fire are fully seasoned and below 25% moisture content. If the logs don’t meet this criteria they won’t burn as efficientially and can lead to problematic build up of deposits in your chimney.
These deposits of creosote or resinous material can cause serious problems with chimney fires, or prevent the chimney functioning properly. This can allow harmful fumes to escape into the dwelling. It’s important that once you have loaded your fire that you get the fire to burn intensely, this will stop harmful gases build up as they are burnt off. Once there is only charcoal or embers left then shut the fire down to burn slowly. Newly added wood set to burn slowly creates smoke and creosote in the chimney. It is good practice to have your chimney swept at least twice a year.
This is the reason that One man and His Log ensure that all the logs that supplied all have a moisture content below 25%. However it is important to bring your logs in a day before use to let any residual moisture evaporate.
If you are concerned that the logs that you have bought from another supplier are too wet then we can test the moisture for you at your home, we can then advise you how to store your logs properly, essentially letting lots of air flow through?
Like beer and smoked kippers, we believe some of the best fire logs come from our doorstep in East Anglia. We scour the countryside to find woods and forests which need rejuvenating. On a farm near Colchester, the logs are seasoned, until they reach the optimum dryness and then we deliver the logs directly to your fireplace.
Because we only cut trees which are in need of clearing, rather than farming acres of trees for logging, our deliveries are only hardwood and a mixture of wood species. This means your delivery will be both eclectic and sustainable.
The logs are a mixture of Ash, Oak, Beech and Lime. Each log is carefully processed and graded to a rough 8-10″ length and then stored in our airy log dryers. When the logs are dry enough (a moisture content below 25%) then they are separated and delivered straight away – lucky fellas jumping the queue!
Please note that we have had to bolster our stock by sourcing additional wood to keep our valued customers warm and supply our increasing amount of new customers. As we are aware of the importance of our woodlands for the future we have insisted that our timber is all from a sustainable source.
Despite the recent wintery weather, we’ve been outside splitting all the lovely new wood which we’ve come across recently. You’d think that taking an axe to some trees would warm you up, but even with five layers we’ve still been freezing!
This crop of wood is now stacked and busy seasoning. It will be ready for next winter when the moisture content is at the optimum level.