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Kiln Dried Wood

The recommended moisture content for wood proposed to be burnt on an appliance is less than 20%. This is essential for not only the efficiency and longevity of the appliance but also for the environmental impact of which the appliance has on the atmosphere. Wet wood and wood with a moisture content of more than 20% causes more smoke and particulates being released into the atmosphere, thus resulting in less heat and less efficiency. Kiln dried wood has been dried in a kiln, to ensure the moisture content is guaranteed to be much less than the recommended 20%. Our kiln dried wood from White Horse Energy has been tested by Woodsure, displays the ‘ready to burn’ logo, has a guaranteed moisture content of less than 20%, is from sustainable sources and now even comes packaged in cardboard boxes, what more could you need from wood!


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Wood is the most commonly used fuel on open fires or stoves and rightly so. Burning wood does release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, however the amount of carbon dioxide released is approximately the same as the amount absorbed by the tree during growth. Therefore, wood is widely accepted as a carbon neutral fuel. Wood fuel is available in many forms: logs, pellets, woodchips, heat logs and wood briquettes. With conventional energy prices increasing wood has become an even more attractive fuel for heating. Wood can be divided into two major classes, hardwood and softwood. Measured by weight, hardwoods and softwoods have similar energy contents (around 20MJ/kg dry) however Hardwoods are typically twice as dense as softwoods as they are slower growing, so you would require less hardwood to produce the same heat output as softwood. The most important factor when using wood as a fuel is that it has a low moisture content (MC). Freshly harvested wood can contain as much as 80% depending on the species and the time of year it was felled. As the wood moisture level increases, its useful energy content decreases. At 60% MC wood can have an energy content of 6MJ/kg but at 25% MC this can increase to 14MJ/kG. Burning wet wood produces excess steam and excess smoke which is a sign of incomplete combustion, this increases the build up of tars in the chimney which enhances the risk of chimney fires and reduces the efficiency of the chimney. To obtain maximum efficiency from your stove using the minimum amount of fuel only burn wood with a moisture content of 20% or less. The use of a moisture meter is the best way to monitor this. (quick find no.SMO2535). Removing the water from the wood is known as seasoning. This term suggests a period of time, and for natural air drying up to two to three years is recommended. We offer a selection of log stores for this purpose, please contact us for details. Firebox Stoves does NOT recommend the use of pallet's or any treated / painted wood. The use of wood composites for example Plywood, chipboard, MDF etc. should be avoided and could prove VERY DANGEROUS.
Kiln-dried wood is wood that has been heated and dried in a controlled environment (a kiln). Here it possible to control levels of temperature, humidity and steam to ensure the wood is guaranteed to reach optimum moisture content (less than 20%).
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