bought 3m3 of 3 year old ash/oak for £180.00. Should keep me going until march/april next year.
Firewood prices, what are you paying? logs & woodburner content
WEJ - Id calibrate your moisture meter if I were you.
Natural air dried wood in the UK really isnt able to get below 20% usually due to general levels of air moisture/humidity.
My moisture meter has not been calibrated so I cant guarantee figures but it does tend to produce expected results. 3 yr split and covered outdoor logs are 18-20% throughout. logs split 6m ago and felled 12m ago are now 20% at the outside (0-15mm) and around 30-34% in the core having been 35-45% when first corded. It will take another 12m for these to get down to 20% throughout.
Great info chaps, been buying by the 'load' here, which is about a heaped tipper of seasoned mixed wood just about to reorder so will use the info on this thread to make a better buying decision - guesstimate there was about 2m3 for £140 - got us through last winter's snows and is just running out now as we only use it when we needed.
Nothing. Friend over the road is a wood surgeon
Does anyone have any experience or thoughts on the wood briquettes that you can buy?
I've seen some on fleabay for £100 per 500kg. They suggest very low moisture levels approx 4%)
Seems like a reasonable deal?
I've got some from a local place.
£1.99 for 4 (8kg) and there pretty good. If I put a full one in and when it's lit turn the damper to low it lasts for about 1:40 mins and burns very hot. They double in size when fully lit so a half ticks over quite nicely as well.
Ive used quite a bit of briquettes last season when I ran out of firewood. I got mine through eBay initially as it was a local joiners who had a hydraulic press for making briquettes out of his waste shavings etc. For subsequent loads I just bought direct.
Obviously his stock wood is kiln dried for joinery so yes, <5% moisture if kept indoors.
I was paying about £50 for 400Kg (a builder's bag full) which at 5% moisture worked out at something like 2.5p/kWh - there's pretty much no cheaper fuel available than my own logs or solar. SO I was very happy using it in the furnace.
The problem is the briquettes burn quite hot and fast, they dont linger like a log ember either, so when they've burnt out there's nothing to get the fire going with again - you have to keep on top of them. They also swell when burning so mustnt be over loaded as the can swell and block air supply. That all said, they are great in the boiler furnace because I can burn the nuts out of them and capture all the energy in the thermal store.
You can buy more "refined" versions of briquettes for lots more money (they really are very expensive per kWh and dont make a lot of sense for heavy users) which I guess are made with more care so that they burn a little more log like than compressed joiner's sawdust.
Paid £85 delivered for what I assume was a cubic metre a couple of weeks ago; we've just moved in and still getting the hang if it!
Just about to post a cheque off to the FC for a permit to collect two tonnes of wood in 2.75 to 3.75metre lengths from a local country park - luckily Mrs hh's horsebox will take all but the longest.
Has anyone tried the kiln dried logs imported from abroad that are advertised on the internet, they reckon 12-14% moisture.
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