Introduction to Log Burning for Heating your Home
We have been log burning in our home for 15 years now as we had an open fireplace and there is nothing cosier than a fire on a cold winter’s night! Then a few years ago we invested in a log burner, just a small 5kw model so that we would be burning more efficiently.
Well over the last couple of winters we have not had the need to use our gas central heating at all, the log burner has been enough to heat our 3 bedroom house. As you can imagine this has had a profound impact on our gas bills, they are now less than a tenner a month.
Sadly a lot of people get caught out after they start log burning to heat their homes, they buy their logs from a local garage or have it delivered in bulk, but let me tell you this works out to be very expensive with prices at garages running around a fiver for a net bundle that might last you one or two evenings, or a bulk bag at anywhere between 50 and 80 quid which might last you a month.
One of the aims of this brief introduction is to make you aware that you need to become self sufficient if you really want to save money, find sources of free logs and that doesn’t mean going to local park and chopping the trees down! There are many sources of free logs, you just have to be resourceful and use your imagination.Now you have your free logs, you have to process them so you can use them in your log burner, in a nutshell, you need to be able to cut them to a length that will fit in your log burner, you also need to split them, season them, which means drying them out, and finally store them.
Our web site has been put together with you in mind so you can find everything you might need to process your own logs and save money, yes the equipment will cost you initially but it will soon start to save you money, in our case after the first year we started to save money on our logs.
So to start with you will need something to cut your logs to length and the best tool for the job is a chainsaw. These are dangerous little beasts, but if you handle them with due respect and use common sense you will be fine. We also have safety equipment available in our shop which is designed for use with chainsaws.
Your next job will be to split your logs, depending on how thick your logs are you will need to split them at least once, but expect to split them a lot more than that if you want them to season (dry out) to less than 20% water content.
Then you will need to set space aside to store your logs and if you are going to store a whole winters worth, you will need a fair bit of space! Take a look at this picture of one of my log stores, its four pallets long, that’s around 4 meters. I have another one like this which is slightly smaller but the equivalent of 2 pallets high.
Finally in this introduction we have to mention that you will need a log burner, usually made from cast iron or steel, they come in various energy ratings measured in Kw, ours is a small 5Kw which is ample for us.
You know there is nothing more rewarding than settling down in front of the log burner on a cold winters evening, and its especially satisfying when you are burning the logs that you have prepared yourself!