Kiln Dried Logs: A Greener Alternative

As winter approaches, pressure on the solid fuel industry to be more environmentally friendly increases. Now’s the time to change those bad burning habits and start using kiln dried logs as a greener alternative!

This coming February 2021, the Government is bringing out certain changes to what we’re allowed to burn during cold winter nights.

This new law forbids the sale of wet logs and house coal. 

The legislation’s purpose is to dramatically reduce the harmful levels of PM2.5 coming out of chimneys, whether from stoves or open fires.

PM2. 5 refers to atmospheric particulate matter (PM) that have a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers, which is about 3% the diameter of a human hair. Commonly written as PM2.5, particles in this category are so small that they can only be seen with a microscope.

It is scientifically proven that reducing moisture content to below 20% in logs we burn halves the levels of PM2.5 pollution which the industry currently produces. The lower the moisture content, the lower the emissions. 

Moisture readings from Ashburton Chimney Sweep Ltd Woodsure & FSC kiln dried logs are around half the level set by the Government as fit to burn. 

This shows that kiln dried logs are a greener alternative and the way forward.

Our own customer research demonstrates that our logs not only burn hotter, but also last longer than others on the market. This will save you both time and money when heating your home. 

We supply two species of logs – silver birch and ash. Tests show that these are easiest to control in terms of efficiency, producing warm and comfortable heat within your home. 

Silver birch works splendidly and almost effortlessly to get your flue up to its optimal temperature. The ash will then maintain that constant level of heat as required. 

We advise the ‘burning from the top down’ technique, which might seem odd at first. However once you light your fire this way, you will be convinced of its efficiency.

The way it works is that it allows the heat to combust smaller materials first (kindling), while heating the logs below. The gases from these logs are thereby released into the flame above, completing the combustion process. We wouldn’t start our cars in 5th gear – so why should we use such a technique for our fires?

Together we have a real chance to change Government statistics over the next few years. We at ACS Ltd already make new stoves Eco-ready. It’s high time to follow suit with the fuels we use in them. Let’s make the future greener for generations to come, while retaining a vital heat source.

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We’re sure you will find it really useful, but if you need to talk anything through in more detail, fill out our Contact page, or call Jo in the office on 07791 737161. She will be more than happy to help. 

Thank you for all your support 
Dan and the team