How to dry your own logs
With more people choosing wood burning stoves and fires to heat their homes, sourcing green wood is becoming increasingly popular because it is considerably cheaper to buy than dry, seasoned wood.
What is seasoned wood?
The term “seasoned” refers to wood that has been left to dry for 2 years or more to achieve a moisture content level that is below 20%. This increases the efficacy of combustion, giving you better quality fuel and reducing your running costs.
Below are some tips on how to season your own logs:
1. After felling, green wood should be stacked and left to dry in a sheltered store. Note that green wood is heavy and will require a robust structure.
2.Timing of felling is essential; standing timber will be driest in winter. Depending on the type of wood, drying usually takes two summers or more to achieve a sufficient moisture level.
3. The ideal location for drying timber is off the ground in a sunny and airy location; cover the logs with waterproof material but don’t seal the wood as the air will need to circulate. The prevailing wind should blow through the stack, ideally and will allow moisture to move from the centre of the log to the surface. Cross cut logs should be split to less than 10cm in diameter.
4. When ready, bring your cut, split logs indoors a few days prior to throwing them on the fire. This will help further with the drying process. Yeoman’s sister company, Stovax has a wide selection of beautifully made log holders in various sizes and styles. If you would like to store a small amount of wood indoors, the curved log holder is a suitable choice. Otherwise the larger wood holders will compliment any hearths.
Find your nearest Yeoman retailer for more information on its selection of wood burning stoves and fires.