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Covid-19 Update

Due to the latest government restrictions, the yard will be closed until further notice. However, we are still delivering loads of logs. All deliveries will be non-contact and we kindly ask that you leave a 2m gap between yourself and our delivery drivers.

We are really sorry but due to these unprecedented times and with current owings to us of over £10,000, in order for our company to carry on trading, we can only accept payment upfront for all future orders.

Covid-19 & non-contact deliveries

We know that people are feeling the impact of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) with many working from home or being in self-isolation. Our customer and staff health and safety is important to us. This is why we are now offering non-contact deliveries. 

In order for us to conduct a non-contact delivery, please inform Tracy when ordering. She can take instructions as to where to drop the logs and an email address to send the invoice to. Non-contact payment can also be made by over the phone card payment or by bank transfer (the details for which can be found on the invoice). 

Covid-19 & Non-contact deliveries flow chart

Whilst there is uncertainty about what is going to happen in response to Covid-19 within the coming weeks, we remain open and fully functional until further notice. 

Thank you for your support and understanding during these unprecedented times. 

Andrew, Tracy and the Team! 

Burning of wet wood & coal to be banned

Over the weekend we have received many questions in response to the recent news about the ban on coal and wet wood burning. Last week saw DEFRA’s release of the Government response to a Consultation on the burning of cleaner fuels. As a result, many conflicting headlines were published, leading to confusion. Below is an overview of the new proposals.

Wet wood burning

From February 2021, all wood sold to consumers in quantities of less than 2㎥ will need to have moisture content of 20% or less. Quantities of more than 2㎥ will be required to come with advice on how to store and dry the wood ready for burning at a later date.

Burning wet wood releases twice as much smoke and less heat than burning seasoned hardwood or kiln dried logs. Therefore, wet logs are more polluting, less effective and dangerous due to the build up of chemicals in the chimney.

These rules for wood are designed to regulate the sale of wet log nets often found at garages and DIY stores, but does also include supplies of bulk bags and trailer loads. It will also mean that retailers must store the wood correctly to ensure it’s dry at the point of sale.

Pre-Packaged coal

Also in February 2021 a ban on the burning of pre-packaged house coal from all retailers will be implemented. Following this, 2 years later there will be a ban on loose coal sales direct from coal merchants to consumers. The idea behind this is to allow residents in ‘fuel poverty’ areas, who are solely reliant on coal to heat their homes, to transition to other energy sources ie. manufactured solid fuels.

Manufactured solid fuels

February 2021 will also see the extension of current sulphur and smoke emission limits currently applied to Smoke Control Areas. These limits will be extended nationwide.

Manufactured solid fuels, such as Homefire Smokeless coal, contain controlled sulphur contents and also produce less smoke when burning than traditional house coal. In addition, manufactured solid fuels are deemed more efficient than house coal.

What does this mean for us?

As a business, we welcome this news. Burning dry wood and manufactured solid fuels are far less polluting. They also provide more heat and keeps your fireplace and chimney cleaner than wet wood and house coal.

We will no longer be able to sell house coal after February 2021. However we will still be able to sell our Homefire Smokeless coal.

Our kiln dried logs are already delivered and sold with moisture content of 20% or less so will be unaffected.

Our seasoned logs are currently around 20% moisture content and even less than 20% moisture during dry and sunny periods. Due to seasoned logs having a lower carbon footprint than kiln dried logs, we are working on enhancing our drying process for the seasoned logs to ensure they are under 20% year-round. Burning fuel and use of electricity powers the kilns used for drying kiln dried logs. However, seasoned logs are air-dried hence a lower carbon footprint. To improve our drying process for seasoned logs we are already investing in more boxes to allow extra drying time.

To summarise, the bans on burning wet wood and coal will be coming into force February 2021. These new rules have been introduced in a bid to improve air quality. They also negate the need for buying pricey kiln dried logs with their high carbon footprint.

We don’t need to stop burning and enjoying our fires! Instead, we need to ensure we use ‘cleaner’ fuels like dry wood and low sulphur smokeless coal. 

Tips and Tricks for Lighting your Fire

Wood burning stove with lit fire

Do you struggle lighting your fire? Do you want a more effective way to light your fire? Well, read on and view our video below to discover one of our recommended methods for lighting your fire. Of course, no method is incorrect, as long as your fire starts!

  1. Ensure you stock up on Kindling and Firelighters. Both are designed for lighting your fire and have a longer burn time than paper.
  2. Place a log in the back of your fireplace with a firelighter laying in front of it.
  3. Surround the firelighter with kindling sticks, leaving a gap to light the fire through. Ensure the kindling is in close contact with the firelighter.
  4. Light the firelighter, which will set the kindling alight. If you are having trouble, make sure there is enough air for the fire to start by opening up the vents or leaving the door ajar. 
  5. Once the kindling is alight, add a couple of smaller kiln dried or seasoned logs
  6. When the fire is burning hotter you can close the door or air vents and larger logs can be added to slow the fire down.
  7. Enjoy the warmth!

By using this method you should have an easily lit fire every time.

It is always best to be around when your fire is burning and let it die down before you go to bed. For longer lasting heat, coal is great to use if you have a multi-fuel burner or an open fire. 

Log storage is key to keeping your logs dry and burning well. For more information on how to store your firewood, visit our “Log Storage” page.

Click below to watch our video tutorial on lighting a fire.

Winter is coming…

Believe it or not (based on the weather), but winter is on the way! Now is the ideal time to start stocking up on homefire essentials and get ready for the colder months ahead so you can stay nice and toasty indoors.

We sell a selection of firewood online, including kiln dried and seasoned logs perfect for for home stoves, fireplaces, or even outdoors. To accompany the logs, why not order some homefire smokeless coal, or premium coal online too?

However you decide to stay warm this winter, make sure you’re safe, and if in doubt follow our tips for making an indoor fire.

Have a lovely festive season!

Our Premium Smokeless Coal Supplies

A good fire needs good coal, that’s why we supply two premium options for coal available with deliveries of all our dried logs and naturally seasoned hardwood logs.

Homefire Smokeless Coal

We stock Homefire Smokeless Coal, one of the most popular solid fuels available in the UK. “With fantastic performance on both open fires and multi-fuel stoves, the outstanding qualities of Homefire have been delighting homeowners for over 40 years.”

  • Excellent sustained heat output
  • Lasts up to 40% longer than traditional house coal
  • Up to 80% less smoke and 25% less CO2 emissions than coal
  • Good flame picture
  • Little residual unburnt fuel
  • HETAS Approved

As you can imagine, this makes it ideal for indoor fires or log burners, and is better for a family environment or more enclosed areas where smoke inhalation may be a concern.

Premium House Coal

Our premium house coal is the more cost effective option. It benefits from an excellent heat output and boasts a medium burn time, along with very low ash output and an attractive, bright flame. Overall it is much better suited for open fires. We deliver our homefire smokeless coal and coal supplies across the south east.

Our coal products, kiln-dried logs and naturally seasoned hardwood logs are always available for collection or delivery from the farm in Shalford. We also provide kindling and log stores – contact us to place your order today!