Things are starting to feel a bit autumnal following the equinox on 22nd Sept and after some warm weather last week, things seem to be cooling down now. The equinox (or “equal night”) marks the point where there is an equal amount of daylight and darkness – after the September equinox, the daylight in the northern hemisphere starts to reduce – and when you work outside a lot, as we do, you soon notice the difference! On our farm, we’re in the process of working the land ready for planting next year’s crops, processing this year’s wheat straw to making our “Heavenly Bedding” and of course we’re also processing and storing firewood logs made from seasoned timber.
Now’s the time to start thinking about keeping our homes warm through the winter and, as we usually do at this time of year, we’re seeing a huge increase in demand for firewood as people get ready to light their fires and wood burners. We’re pleased to say that we still have stocks available of locally produced seasoned, top-quality firewood, so if you need some, please get in touch.
You can buy firewood from a variety of sources these days, but it’s important to buy assured quality firewood logs because lower quality “wet” wood is inefficient and contributes to air pollution. When you burn wet wood, the water needs to boil off before radiating heat into the room – this causes smoke, which can also damage the chimney or appliance.
By burning only “dry” wood, which has been properly seasoned to remove most of the moisture content, the logs burn more efficiently and for longer, fewer particulates are released into the air, and your fire will create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home. Even the most sophisticated types of stoves need high-quality fuel to burn efficiently, so make sure you always get the best quality firewood.
How to know whether the firewood you buy meets recommended standards
The Woodsure “Ready to Burn” scheme sets the standard for firewood logs in the UK, so always check that the firewood you buy is certified, as ours is.