Furlonger Tree Services Winter Newsletter: The Firewood Feature
Welcome to the Furlonger Tree Services Winter Newsletter. Yes it’s getting cold, but there’s nothing better than sitting smugly in front of an open fire or wood burning stove when it’s blowing a blizzard outside.
With that in mind, here’s the Furlonger Tree Services guide to Firewood:
Q. Why does firewood need to be seasoned?
A. In short, fire doesn’t like water! Trees, just like us, are actually mostly water. Freshly cut trees will typically contain 60% – 70% moisture content, even more with some species such as Willow or Poplar especially when cut in Spring/Summer. Good firewood should be less than 25% and really the drier the better to avoid inefficient heating.
Q. What does ‘seasoned’ mean, how should I season my firewood and when do I know if it is ready for burning?
A. Seasoned firewood mean that the logs have been split and stored under cover until the moisture content has dropped sufficiently. It’s more about the species of the tree, good storage raised off of wet ground with good airflow, density of wood and moisture content rather than length of time, but a good rule of thumb is at least a year, ideally two SPLIT and undercover. A moisture meter can be bought for as little as £10 and is a much better indicator of whether your logs are ready for burning.
Q. ‘Softwood’ or ‘Hardwood’ logs?
A. Softwood logs are a bit like teenagers in that they often get a bad rep for smoking and spitting! They also get blamed for tarring up the chimney (logs not teenagers!). If you buy kiln dried logs or have the best way to season firewood in a dry and airy store and can dry to a moisture content below 25%, then you will not have any of the above problems. These only arise when the wood is not sufficiently dry.
Softwood (Spruce, Pine, Larch, Douglas Fir etc) will have the same energy content per kilogram as hardwoods (Oak, Ash, Beech, Alder, etc), however being far less dense, you will need up to twice as many logs (or volume) to achieve the same heat output. If you have a wood burning stove as opposed to an open fire, there’s nothing wrong with burning softwood.
Q. What’s the best firewood?
A. Well…it depends. I guess the answer would have to be SEASONED! Softwood will generally be available cheaper, but will burn faster so you need more. Ash is often reputed to be the best firewood, but that is generally because of its’ initial low moisture content and how easy it is to split. You judge firewood on three things: How much moisture it has, hot it burns and how long it burns. Our firewood chart below should help, and a more detailed one can be found on website soon!
Burns Fast(Mix with slow burners)
- Willows, Poplars, Alder, Birch, Sycamore, Sweet Chestnut, Pine, Spruce, Cypress, Douglas Fir, Larch
Good Burning Speed(Recommended)
- Ash, Beech, Hornbeam, Hawthorn, Crab Apple, Field Maple, Elm, Hazel, Oak Eucalyptus
Burns Slow(Mix with fast burners)
- Blackthorn, Cherry, Blackthorn, Rowan, Holly, Lime, Yew, Cedar
NEWS FROM THE FURLONGER TREE SERVICES TEAM
We’re delighted for Keiran Hoad, who passed his National Proficiency Test Council Assessment for Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-Cutting. He is well on his way to becoming a fully-fledged tree surgeon.
Speaking of learning the ropes, our other Kieran is booked in to start his formal tree climbing education in January. We are all proud of the progress our two grounds workers are making and look forward to welcoming them to canopies soon!
We are also excited about revamping our yard, to include a new log shelter and workshop, hopefully we will have it all together by the end of the winter season…ready for next year!
WHICH? TRUSTED TRADER OF THE MONTH!
A big thank you to all of our customers in helping us push for Which? Trusted Trader of the Month for November 2017. Your excellent reviews and willingness to take part in our Social Media photo campaign have been much appreciated.
Being a Which? Trusted Trader is really important for our company. Not only does it let our customers know that they are employing a reputable, professional company, it also allows us the opportunity to hear feedback from them and keep improving our service. It’s great to hear what we are doing well and serves as a huge morale boost to the entire team to hear from not just satisfied, but happy customers.
Which? Trusted Traders are subject to more stringent checks than Check-a-Trade or Trust-a-Trader and although perhaps not as well known, is a sure-fire guarantee of quality a customer can rely upon.
Our goal here at Furlonger Tree Services is to provide a first-class service, minimise risk, and make tree work as hassle-free for customers as possible. Which? made its’ reputation on offering consumers great advice, which is something we aspire to as well and so to be recommended by professional recommenders is brilliant! We’re really hoping we make it to Trusted Trader of the Month (#WhichTOTM).
At the time of writing we do seem to be the frontrunners, so do please check the website to find out if we made it! If you miss out, we will let you know in Spring’s edition!
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND THANK YOU TO ALL OUR AMAZING CUSTOMERS
I would just like to say a massive Thank You to all our customers this year. Your business is helping us to expand, helping us to educate and train our staff and pass on our expertise to provide more and a better service.
Obviously, we couldn’t do this without you, and I want you to know how much I appreciate your custom, positive feedback and friendships. I hope you and your family have an amazing Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Tom G Furlonger, Owner