I do love a fire. To me, there is nothing more relaxing than a fire in the back garden with a delicious glass of wine. Or on Christmas day, putting a few logs in the fire and enjoying a nice cup of sherry.
The problem is that in the UK, buying burning logs can be a bit of a mission. Unless you live out in the sticks, know a farmer or a tree specialist, then you may get ripped off or will be burning wet wood. Otherwise, you'll be paying through the nose for burning logs that are just sticks, and not proper logs, or they are covered in varnish and resin - which you do not want to be burning for the risk of inhaling toxic fumes.
So, we have found some of the best places to get reliable, eco-friendly and toxin-free logs for a fire. Let's get into it!
Kiln Dried Logs
Kiln Dried logs are often what you want to by as a burning log. So, if you see something being advertised as being 'Kiln Dried' then you're on the right track.
The logs are put into a wood-fired boiler which produces forced hot air which we use to dry (what should be previously) seasoned hardwood. The process reduces moisture content which makes the logs easier and cleaner to burn.
So, whether you're putting the logs into a stove or a pizza oven, you can trust them.
There are a few places where you can buy 7kg of Kiln dried logs in the UK, but the easiest is actually Amazon UK. There you can find a small company who is selling wood using the Amazon platform.
You can check them out here: amazon.co.uk
You may not be aware, but different types of wood are better for different kinds of burning and fires.
Softwood fire logs come from gymnosperm trees, or trees with external un-incased seeds, like pine cones (therefore, a pine tree is a type of softwood - but they can also be from fir, spruce and cedar trees too).
Softwoods are usually much less dense than pretty much all the varieties of hardwood.
Softwood fire logs are ideal for hot burning and should accompany hardwoods (which are slower burning).
This kind of wood gets hot really quickly so is perfect for fires on a cold winter's day, and in wood burners and stoves, rather than open fires.
For a great supply of reliable softwood, you can grab some right here: https://www.lordofthetrees.com/
HardWood Fire Logs
Hardwoods are generally slower-growing trees that produce really dense wood - which is, well, hard.
You can identify hardwoods very roughly by seeing whether they drop their leaves during the autumn months. These treas can include oak, ash, walnut or birch trees.
Due to how dense the tree is, the hardwood burning logs will burn for much longer, and produce heat over a longer period of time. Once they get going, they can create super hot coals which are good for open fires, cooking or a superheated pizza oven.
They are great for overnight burning, or getting the fire started in the morning and allowing it to heat the house all day. The hot coals also mean you can quickly restart your fire.
You can pick up some hardwood burning logs from Amazon UK right here. It is usually the best place because the logs are cheap, and the shipping is cost-effective.
Grab them here: Amazon.co.uk
Eco Wood Burning Logs (for heat).
Heat logs are something a bit different. You're likely to have come across them in B&Q or one of the big garden centres in the UK.
They are designed as an alternative to seasoned fire wood because they are easier to light, create way more heat, do not spit or spark and are often made from 100% recycled waste materials. Mostly, they are completely free from toxins so burn cleanly and don't leave too much ash.
So, if you can't be bothered with the big, heavy lumps of wood that aren't properly dried, then you could just grab one of these and use it as an alternative.
The heat logs aren't going to be good for cooking, or a pizza oven, but they are good for internal heating systems, outdoor fires or camping.
Grab them here: Amazon.co.uk
Hopefully, after reading this post you now have a good understanding of fire logs and how best to use them for burning. Also, you've found a reliable source for burning logs for whatever you're using them for.
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