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-
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-
We ensure that when trees are blown down or felled, we re-