Burning wood as a fuel
Over the last few years, burning wood as a fuel has become increasingly popular in the UK as more and more people have come to recognise the benefits of using wood for burning.
The number of people choosing to swap from other sources of heating and solid fuels to burning wood as a method of heating (such as a wood burning stove) or for social uses like burning wood logs in an open fire, chimnea or a garden firepit has been significant in the last few years.
Burning fire wood has a number of benefits
Wood burning emits a lovely aroma and if you use properly seasoned logs you will get the extra benefit of producing more heat.
Quality Logs primary source of fire wood logs is as a natural waste product from its sister company, Chaffin Tree Surgery, based in Hailsham, near Eastbourne in East Sussex. Our logs have been processed and seasoned for the correct amount of time to create the best firewood in Sussex, with certain types of timber this can take up to 4 years before going into our dry store.
Burning wood benefits
- Fire wood is easy to store and burn
- Ambiance and aroma
- Dried, properly seasoned wood burns at a higher temperature
- Burning wood is eco-friendly
The different ways of burning fire wood
Wood is a very versatile fuel and can be burned in many different forms and in a number of different appliances. It can be burned to heat one or more rooms, the whole house, to produce hot water and to cook on.
To produce heat for one or more rooms, logs can be burned on an open or real fire. These look nice, but are not particularly efficient because about 80-85% of the heat goes up the chimney. A much more efficient alternative is a wood burning stove, which have efficiencies in excess of 70%. With the right wood burning stoves fire wood can be burned in a smokeless zone. Some wood burning stoves can also be fitted with back boilers to heat one or more radiators or your domestic hot water.
Logs can also be burned in a ceramic stove. These have extensive internal flues and can retain heat for up to 24 hours after the last firing. They can be around 90% efficient and some can be used in smokeless zones. Another option is a range, which can be used for cooking, hot water and central heating.