At LJN Firewood, we care about the environment. As part of our commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of our log sales company, we source all timber from local tree surgery, site clearance and forestry works carried out by our sister company, LJN Tree Surgery, throughout Surrey and West Sussex. Recycling felled trees into kiln dried logs, hardwood logs and seasoned logs as fuel, helps to ensure a minimal carbon footprint.
Many of our customers in the Cranleigh area share our enthusiasm for the environment and, as such, they often ask us whether or not eco logs are a better source of fuel than traditional logs and firewood.
This page explains what eco logs are and provides some information on their benefits and possible failings.
What are Eco Logs?
An increasingly popular and highly practical alternative to kiln dried logs, hardwood logs and seasoned logs, eco logs consist of wood-shavings, sawdust and other offcuts. Through a process of heating and mechanical compression, it is possible to recycle these waste materials from the timber industry into calorie-dense, highly concentrated briquettes of fuel.
As a completely organic biomass, eco logs contain no additives or chemicals, which makes them a great alternative to traditional firewood for use in fireplaces, wood-burning stoves and chimneas around Cranleigh.
This has contributed to the recent increase in eco log sales across the country.
What are the Benefits?
Compared to hardwood logs, seasoned logs and kiln dried logs, eco logs burn far more efficiently. As they contain negligible amounts of moisture, they release heat much more quickly than traditional firewood logs when burned. They can also burn for longer due to a lower water content. Due to their fuel efficiency, eco logs are comparable to conventional logs in terms of being cost effective, although this depends on what kind of appliance you use them for.
One of the reasons why eco log sales have increased is that, pound for pound, they don’t take up as much space as hardwood logs, seasoned logs or even kiln dried logs organised neatly in crates. If you have limited storage space at your home in the Cranleigh area, eco logs may be the ideal solution for you.
They also create less ash residue, due to their high density and low moisture content.
Why Traditional Firewood Is Better
Although eco logs may be cleaner, more efficient and space saving, they certainly don’t have the aesthetic appeal of traditional firewood like hardwood logs, for example. Natural fuel, such as seasoned logs, also fills your home in Cranleigh with much more pleasant aromas. So if you’re looking for the visual and aromatic experience of an open fireplace in your living room, then natural firewood logs are the best option.
For a fuel that offers the smell and appearance of traditional firewood, but contains low moisture levels like eco logs, kiln dried logs are a great option. Although they may be less efficient than eco logs, they are more efficient than air dried firewood logs and make a decent compromise between eco logs and seasoned logs.
The best choice of fuel for your wood-burning stove, fireplace or chimnea in Cranleigh really comes down to what you are looking for. If less ash residue appeals to you more than the delightful aromas of natural firewood, then eco logs may be the right option for you.