When we get new customers from places like Cranleigh and Guildford coming to LJN Firewood to stock up on fuel for their fireplaces, wood-burning stoves or log burners, many of them ask if there’s any difference between kiln dried logs and seasoned logs. In essence, there isn’t much separating these two types of firewood, as the moisture content of both should be below 20% in order to burn properly.
The major difference is, naturally, the drying process. Instead of using specialist equipment to forcefully remove the water contained within the wood, as with kiln dried firewood, seasoning logs relies on simply leaving them to air dry naturally.
While this takes a lot longer than the kiln drying process, some of our customers prefer to use logs seasoned the traditional way. That is why we stock the very highest quality seasoned logs sourced from local suppliers around Cobham, Cranleigh, Godalming, Guildford, Weybridge and the surrounding areas.
Contact us to arrange deliveries to your doorstep, sourced locally from our own works.
Any freshly cut firewood contains a high percentage of moisture, which means it will struggle to burn and will create lots of smoke. The drying process is so crucial to producing quality firewood because it allows for a cleaner, more reliable burn. The difficulty in air drying wood rather than using a kiln drier is that the type of wood determines the duration of the seasoning process.
While softwoods like Pine take around 6-12 months to season, hardwoods like Oak need at least 1-2 years. The time of year a deciduous tree falls is also a factor to consider. This is because, during the winter months, their sap moves towards the roots, which means that chopping a deciduous tree down in winter will leave you with wood containing a lower moisture level than during the summer months.
If you live in Cobham, Cranleigh, Godalming or the wider Surrey region and wish to produce your own seasoned logs, the following steps will help you:
Although we stock high-quality seasoned logs, many customers prefer kiln dried logs as these offer greater consistency.