To ask your our advice about logs for stove?

(23 Posts)
Orda1 Fri 22-Jan-16 20:27:49

Sorry, boring I know but I need help and the relevant boards are dead.

We have just bought a log burner and have so far been buying logs from the supermarket but we are going through a bag in 2 days so this is obviously unsustainable and stupid.

I'm after a log store & advice on how many logs I should buy at once (if anyone has any advice on online companies that'd be great!). We live in a terrace so can't have a load dumped.

Please excuse my ignorance.

Mx

writingsonthewall Fri 22-Jan-16 20:29:49

We get half a truck load delivered for about £90, that fills our log store and lasts a good couple of months or more and we use our stove every night in winter.

We use a local company. I expect there'll be good ones local to you, maybe ask on a local Facebook group.

MrsPnut Fri 22-Jan-16 20:31:28

Your local log supplier should be able to advise you, and probably sell you a log store whilst you're at it. We buy a cubic metre at a time but there are a lot of logs and it takes us a good hour or so to move them from the kerb to our garage and they take up a lot of garage space.

cooper44 Fri 22-Jan-16 20:32:58

we use someone local too and we get a tonne or a truckload for about £75 I think - he stacks them for an extra £5. That would fill quite a big logstore and it lasts us about 6-8 weeks with fires every night - although if you really have a raging fire you could get through it a lot faster. He normally brings a bag of kindling too but if I have to buy it I get a massive bag from a local hardware shop for £5 and it lasts ages.

SixtyFootDoll Fri 22-Jan-16 20:34:27

In our first year we had a ton bag delivered.
Since then we've scavenged for fallen/ cup hopped down trees and so far haven't bought any this winter ( they need to season for a year).

Orda1 Fri 22-Jan-16 20:36:20

Thanks all, my worry is, can I have a load dumped when I live on a street, I was under the impression it was for people who had 'space' out front?

SlipperyJack Fri 22-Jan-16 20:45:29

If you have no front garden at all, and your house faces directly onto the street, then no, don't get a load dumped out front if it will be blocking the pavement.

Supermarket/petrol station logs are often quite damp and not properly seasoned, and will crap up your flue. So watch out for that - if you're getting a lot of black deposit on your stove windows, the logs aren't great. Avoid too much softwood (pine etc) too as it'll burn through a lot quicker than hardwood.

We get logs delivered (£120 for 1.5 cubic metre) and just chuck a tarp over them. So if you have got space at the back of your house and can face moving them, that's a cheap storage option!

Maudofallhopefulness Fri 22-Jan-16 20:45:38

Have you got a back garden to store them in? If you do, I can't see a problem.

stayathomegardener Fri 22-Jan-16 20:47:51

YABU for burning supermarket logs!
We are hardwood log suppliers.
I would suggest you have a builders tonne bag delivered, at around a metre wide they can be coaxed through most gateways. Then sheet up the top of the bag to keep the rain off, ideally the bag will be permeable to allow the wind to pass through.
£50.00 inc vat at 2.5%
Invest in a moisture metre to check quality.

Orda1 Fri 22-Jan-16 20:49:41

Yes I've got a biggish garden but a really small front garden. The sort you could fit a wheelie bin in. I can certainly move them I just meant I'm not sure there's space for a 'dump and run' job but that seems to be the best way.

Orda1 Fri 22-Jan-16 20:50:28

Oh hang on, they come in bags? I feel like a moron if so!

SixtyFootDoll Fri 22-Jan-16 20:53:23

Yes massive bags like idea bags but the size of a kitchen table

SixtyFootDoll Fri 22-Jan-16 20:53:36

IKEA

Shallishanti Fri 22-Jan-16 20:54:57

you could get briquettes made from reclaimed wood-
they are very dense and compact and usually wrapped in plastic, so easy to store in a small space, and they burn really well

SlipperyJack Fri 22-Jan-16 20:56:17

Ours don't come in bags. It's a dump out the back of the truck grin So check with your supplier.

NapoleonsNose Fri 22-Jan-16 20:58:06

DH works for a local stove/fire supply and fit company and they sell 1 ton of seasoned and kiln dried logs that come stacked in a pallet. They just unload them off the delivery truck as is, so pre-stacked and ready to go. Think they are around £150.

BloodyEnderDragons Fri 22-Jan-16 21:03:42

Ours are dumped off the back of a truck and we have to move them - definitely double check!

PurpleCrazyHorse Fri 22-Jan-16 21:16:32

We buy locally but collect in smaller bags. We buy kiln dried logs and only burn these as we're in a clear smoke area and can't risk burning anything that might smoke as it's a big fine. Plus our chimney sweep warned us about burning random wood as it does coat your flue and can block the chimney.

We plan to get a log store and buy in bulk but either way, it is expensive (as such we haven't bought any wood this year and have lit the fire once so far). Ours is mostly decorative as we have central heating and it's a bit of a luxury to light it alongside having the heating on.

With kiln dried, we'd put 2-3 big logs on and have it burn all evening. Check your log burner isn't on 'high' setting, ours has this to get the fire going, then you move the slider for a less intense burn.

stayathomegardener Fri 22-Jan-16 21:16:33

I fill the bags, almost a meter cubed, takes about 15minutes, too heavy for me to move but Dh who is bigger shifts them by pulling one side at a time into gardens or drives 4 -5 meters from the road with no problems.

shoesSHOES Fri 22-Jan-16 21:43:41

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specialsubject Fri 22-Jan-16 21:44:36

A 'dumpy' bag of a tonne or so is about five feet tall and the same round. Takes about 20 mins of hard work to shift and stack it all. You can block the pavement for that long.

shoesSHOES Fri 22-Jan-16 21:56:11

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TyneTeas Fri 22-Jan-16 22:03:32

For any Northumberland/Tyneside MNetters seeking logs I can highly recommend this social enterprise supporting people with mental health issues and learning difficulties

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