Burnlogs

We only supply firewood from our own forests, managed in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage and the Forestry Commission.


 

The majority of our hardwood firewood this year is beech and oak with some sycamore, silver birch, ash and rhododendron. Once processed the firewood is stored loose in a large well ventilated shed. Every so often the firewood is turned to ensure consistent drying throughout the pile. Storing the firewood in this manner means that the customer receives a mix of species. For instance, oak burns longest but is harder to light. Whereas silver birch lights easier for starting the fire but does not last as long as oak. Rhododendron is excellent to use to build up a fire on top of lit kindling. It has a very high calorific value of 21.85 kJ g-1 (higher than beech and oak).


Our softwood firewood is all larch.  

By purchasing our firewood you will be supporting the best possible management of Scottish woodlands. We believe that this sets us apart from the many other firewood companies who import firewood without any thought as to responsible forest management not to mention their carbon footprint.

Our firewood is delivered using a 4x4 and Ifor Williams flat bed trailer. This allows considerable manoeuvrability and enables us to access most driveways. By using barrow bags we are able to move them by sackbarrow and generally try to place them wherever the customer desires; including on one occasion up 10 steps of a Glasgow tenement and then down another flight of stairs to the basement.

 The processor in operation

 Splitting the large trunks

A considerable area of our forests are overgrown with rhododendron which has thrived in our Scottish West coast climate after being imported in the 18th century. It is extremely invasive with the result that in many places it has formed an impenetrable jungle over 20 ft high with thick tangled stems. Rhododendron’s will out compete most native plants which leads to a significant reduction in the biodiversity of plants, invertebrates and animals.

This year we continued a 48 year exercise in clearing this rhododendron jungle whilst at the same time harvesting the best of it for firewood. To date we estimate that we have cleared over 50-60 acres giving the opportunity for our native plant and tree species to naturally re-colonise and once again provide habitats for wildlife. Even after the rhododendrons are cleared the sites will require continuing management to prevent the rhododendrons re-establishing through re-growth from cut stumps and seeds.

We ensure that when trees are blown down or felled, we re-plant new seedlings to continue the forest cycle and to create a diversity in the ages of trees in our forests. In fact, we reckon we have planted over 30,000 trees in the last 40 years.