People are looking for an alternative, cheap and eco-friendly ways to heat their homes these days. At the top of the list are log burners. Seasoned logs are the best source of fuel for a log burner to produce heat for the home.
When it is first felled and cut into logs, the timber still contains all the natural oils and moisture. Although burning the wood while it is still ‘wet’ will produce the desired effect of fire and heat, the wood will burn very quickly and provide lots of smoke. This is going to be costly to use as a fuel and is not very environmentally friendly.
To make timber an economical and eco-friendly fuel source, the wood must be ‘seasoned.’ The seasoning process involves storing the logs in a dry, preferably warm area and allowing the air to dry the logs naturally, this removes as much moisture as possible, resulting in seasoned logs.
Seasoning wood this way will take several weeks to months depending on the climate etc. These now seasoned logs will burn a lot more slowly and therefore, produce the maximum amount of heat over a more extended period, thus making them much more economical and saving you money. Seasoning the logs in this manner also reduces the amount of smoke produced when burning the records, due to the removal of most of the moisture.
Pre-seasoned logs are available, but because the seasoning process takes a relatively long time, the cost of these logs can be quite high compared to standard timber. Therefore, buying these more expensive pre-seasoned logs is not going to be economical, and after all, it is money you are trying to save. So why not season your wood? Although a lengthy process, it couldn’t be more simple. All you will need is a good supply of timber from a sustainable source and a dry, airy place to keep your logs.
A log store is an ideal place to season your logs. Log stores are made of timber, and they usually have three sides and a roof. The parties will have slits in to allow the maximum amount of air to circulate the logs and speed up the seasoning process as much as possible.
The solid roof is essential to keep the rain off your records as they dry. Log stores are available in all shapes and sizes, depending on your needs. A log store can be positioned anywhere on your property, although it is usual to place them against a wall in a breezy area.
To get your seasoned logs ready for the cold weather, you must begin storing your records in the summer. This should be sufficient time to naturally dry your logs and help you reduce your fuel bills.