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Low Particulate Logs Are the Best for Your Stove

Research has provided illuminating insights into the advantages of burning kiln dried logs in modern stoves. If you're scouting for firewood for sale or wondering about the best logs for sale near me, this comprehensive guide dives into why kiln dried logs might just be the eco-friendly and efficient choice you're seeking to heat your home.

Efficient Heating & Eco-Friendliness with Kiln Dried Logs

As the world grapples with global warming and its far-reaching implications, many individuals are taking steps towards an eco-friendlier lifestyle. One significant stride is switching off gas boilers and adopting the use of wood-burning stoves. Particularly in the colder British winters, these stoves can serve as an effective and eco-friendly heating solution.

However a lot of the information available through mainstream media is at best ill informed and at worst 'influenced' by the hydrocarbon industries. Especially when it comes to the environmental benefits around CO2 and the mixed messaging around particulates and the health of you, your family and your local neighbourhood.

Did you know? By using eco kiln dried logs for your wood stove, you can reduce your heating CO₂ emissions by an impressive 99% AND save up to 80% on heating expenses. That's a climate and pocket-friendly solution!

Gas vs Wood emissions


Cutting Down on Particulates

Prior to starting we delved deep into understanding the emissions from wood-burning. We wanted to be sure data backed up our hypothesis on the value of eco kiln dried firewood and both the climate and local environmental considerations.

Our findings? Burning kiln dried softwood logs in modern Eco-2022 stoves, ensures minimal particulates indoors and almost none in the immediate outdoor vicinity (up to 3m from a chimney). This not only aligns with local environmental guidelines and legislation, but also supports health guidelines set by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The WHO recommends PM2.5 particle levels to be under 5µg/m³ due to potential health risks. When you opt for eco kiln dried softwood logs in the latest stoves, you're ensuring your wood burning stays within these safe limits at home and for your neighbours.

Kiln Dried Softwood Logs vs Other Wood Types

Comparative research reveals that kiln dried softwood logs generate merely 10% of the emissions produced by fresh logs, and just 20% of those from kiln dried hardwood logs.

Smoke particulates are formed from incomplete combustion. This is when wood burning does not get up to the temperature to gasify; this happens when wood is either too wet, or too dense (usually both).

See our blog article on softwood vs hardwood for more detail on why softwood is ideal for low moisture and high heat

This makes softwood kiln dried logs a clear winner for those seeking a sustainable, efficient, and eco-friendly wood-burning experience.

Indoor Air Quality: A Closer Look

Modern stoves, when combined with kiln dried logs, maintain optimal indoor air quality. Our studies found that compared to other household activities, burning kiln dried logs in an Eco-design stove had the lowest particulate counts within a home. So, if you’re searching for firewood for sale to maintain a clean indoor environment, kiln dried logs are your best bet.

Particulate Comparison

Outdoor Emissions: The Bigger Picture

Many articles in the mainstream press misquote the DEFRA research in this area. They continue to repeat the assertion that 38% of the UK's particulate matter in the environment comes from log burning. They forget to mention that this is predominantly from outdoor burning and agricultural fires. Whereas indoor burning from Eco-design stoves contribute just 1.1% total UK PM2.5 emissions. 

Furthermore kiln dried soft wood logs produce only 10% of the emissions of freshly cut logs and 20% of kiln dried hardwood logs.  So, using kiln dried softwood in a modern Eco-design stove produces as low as 0.1% of UK PM 2.5. In summary, when dry softwood is burnt both responsibly and compliant with current legislation, the emissions are very small, and in most cases negligible. 

It's essential to note that while particulates within chimneys might have concentrated levels, these levels drop to low background measurements 2-3m from the chimney. The type of wood and its preparation plays a crucial role. As stated, when using eco kiln dried logs, the emission levels are significantly reduced, making it an ideal choice for many in contrast to most of the journalistic content on the matter.

Legislation and Wood Moisture Content

Government regulations now mandate that wood for burning should have moisture content below 20%. Our eco kiln dried logs, being very low in moisture, perfectly fit this criterion, leaving our kilns at well below 10% moisture and shipped to customers within typically 48hrs of them being dried. 

Furthermore our logs are don't just have 99% lower CO2 emissions than your gas boiler, but also emit virtually nil CO2 in the drying process (as no gas is burnt by our kilns) and the wood is local, not from far reaches of the world having been shipped to the UK, so the carbon footprint of the logistics is also as low as practical and we are constantly looking for ways to reduce that further.

In essence, for those pondering "which logs for sale near me would be the best?", eco softwood kiln dried logs from can't be anything but the frontrunner. They're efficient, eco-friendly, and align with modern wood burning stoves to ensure optimal indoor air quality and reduced outdoor emissions, generate lots of heat and burn for a long time when your log burner is configured appropriately. As more consumers become aware and make responsible choices, we pave the way for a sustainable, warm, and cozy future.

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