Firewood & Its Production
Our hardwood firewood generally comprises a mixture of silver birch, beech, and oak with some sycamore, ash and rhododendron. We try to ensure customers 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 mostly larch although may occasionally include douglas or noble fir.
The cut timber is initially stacked in lengths of around 6m where it starts to dry out. It is then processed using a posch 360 firewood processor which cuts the timber into consistent lengths of around 25cm. The logs are then pushed though a blade which can split it 2,4,6 or 8 ways depending on the size of the log. We try to ensure that each firewood log is around no more than 10cm wide. The firewood is then passed over a screen to remove debris. We store the majority of our firewood loose or on pallets in wrapped ventilated packs until fully seasoned but we also dry some in bulk using ‘waste’ heat from a local biodigester producing electricity.
Prior to bagging, our logs are again passed over a screen to filter out the majority of any smaller chunks and bark. Firewood is then delivered using a 4×4 and Ifor Williams flat-bed trailer. This allows considerable manoeuvrability and enables us to access most driveways. The barrow bags can be moved using a sackbarrow to the customer’s log store.
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.