The human mind is naturally inquisitive. We are driven by the need to know. To know something is to weave one more thread into our tapestry of knowledge. We ask questions to obtain resolution. The chaotic world becomes a little but clearer. When we start analysing these questions patterns emerge. One line of inquiry centres on the concept of the best. Where is the best Indian restaurant in London? Who is the best football player of all time? What are the best fire logs for me? The irony is that we strive to find the best things, however the very concept of ‘best’ is riddled with problems.
What are the best burning fire logs?
Not to throw on our white robes and get all Aristotelian on you, but the concept of best is affected by the tension between subjectivity and objectivity. In other words, do we measure what is best by opinion or fact or both? Relax: we’re not going to create a philosophical tsunami to crash into your consciousness. The point we’re making here is that there is no definitive ‘best’. Rather what is determined as ‘best’ varies according to preference, circumstance and fact. The best fire logs for you might not necessarily be the best fire logs for Bertie Burner up the road if you catch our Tokyo Drift – film reference bonus there. So if we’re to answer the question around the best fire logs, there isn’t one solution. There are multiple options depending on multiple factors. Let’s jump headfirst into the discussion around the best fire logs.
If you’re a keen devourer of Big K knowledge, you will know by now that we don’t interpret things through the lens of the Zebra – black and white. Rather we meander through the beautiful grey areas. A wonderful place of variety, options and choice. So if we’re to talk about the best fire logs, we must address certain considerations.
The basics of burn
Probably the most obvious consideration when thinking about the best fire logs revolves around the burn itself burn. Are you looking for hotter and longer burns? Or are you happy with a slightly more mellow burn? The answers to these questions are usually determined by the purpose behind your log incineration. We will deal with this topic in a minute. For now we will hone in on the burn itself.
One main fact for your mind mouth to masticate – moisture determines burn. The lower the moisture content of your wood fuel, the better the burn. So the best fire logs for you, in relation to burn, will be determined by internal moisture levels affecting burn characteristics. Let’s break it down further.
By now you should know all about our seasoned woody brethren. If seasoned wood has you questioning the validity of adding salt and pepper to a tree trunk, then clearly you are in the dark. Light up your synapses with our seasoned logs world of wood series blog . Basically seasoned logs are logs that have been dried in natural environmental conditions, delivering internal moisture levels of about 30%. If you’re looking for a steady burn with ample heat (rather than blazing temperatures) then seasoned logs could be the best burning fire logs for you. Fancy adding these logs into the mix? Good thing we’re pros in the seasoned logs game. Pick up your FSC Certified Seasoned Hardwood Logs grown in Britain right now.
Kiln dried logs
For those seeking some serious heat, kiln dried logs are a step up from seasoned logs. Why? Well Kin dried logs are dried within a kiln (a controlled environment) so their internal moisture levels are even lower – about 20%. Yes you’ve guessed it. This means a hotter, purer, more sustainable and longer burn. Sound right up your heat street? Head to bigkproducts.co.uk and order our FSC Certified and Woodsure accredited Kiln Dried Hardwood logs today. You’ll find individual bags and pallet deals, as well as our ultra convenient Kiln Dried Wood in a Box – making storage a breeze.
Compressed Heat Logs
If you’re all about the hottest burn, we’d recommend giving compressed heat logs a bash. Not sure what these logs are all about? Just to recap, compressed heat logs are essentially logs made out of waste saw dust. This saw dust is usually derived from waste or recycled wood as well as naturally felled timber. Then the granular powder is added to a machine and compressed at high compression rates removing a massive amount of moisture. Compressed heat logs have a super low moisture content of 8% or less approximately. This means they burn the hottest out of seasoned and kiln dried wood. As they are man made, they have a uniform shape and density meaning a predictable consistent and controllable burn. These amazing logs are sustainable to the core, as well containing no binding agents or chemicals. For those after the highest heat and maximum sustainability and control, compressed heat logs could be the best fire logs for you. Naturally we have you covered once again. Pick up our fabulous compressed heat logs right here.
Purpose, convenience and price
At this point you should have a better idea of the best burning fire logs for you based on burn characteristics. Yet this is only one facet of the best fire logs jewel. There are other determining factors we need to examine, such as the purpose behind your wood fuel usage, your budget and how much ease and convenience you are looking for. Let’s get into it.
Seasoned hardwood logs offer a versatile and safe pair of hands in the fire log game. You can burn them in stoves, chimneas, fire pits, pizza ovens, cookers and open fires. They are a cheaper alternative to kiln dried wood, however please log into your memory bank the fact that they burn faster, meaning you will get through more wood, which can lead to a higher spend with heavy usage. This being said seasoned logs are perfect for sporadic to moderate use. Our seasoned hardwood logs are also easily available in bulk , for extra value and convenience too.
Our Kiln dried logs are higher temperature performers that burn for longer. What’s more, they still offer the same versatility as seasoned hardwood logs. So hey are a great match for chimneas, stoves, fire pits, cookers, ovens and open fires. Yes they are a little more expensive than seasoned logs, however as they burn slower you will in fact use less logs over a longer period of time. Kiln dried logs could be the best fire logs for you if you are using them regularly to heat your home for example.
Compressed heat logs are more specialised logs, used mostly in stoves, wood burners and fireplaces. These sustainable logs offer the highest temperatures, as well as consistent and controllable performance due to their manufactured universal shape. They also leave little ash behind making clean up quick and convenient. Price-wise they are in the same area as kiln dried logs. So if you are all about a high temperature and a more eco friendly burn, as well as consistency and control, you should defo be considering compressed heat logs as the best burning fire logs for you.
We’ve got the best fire logs for the ultra convenience seekers too – our Instant Fire Logs and Instant Crackle Logs. No need for having the fire starting skills of a young Robinson Crusoe in his prime, simply light the wrapper and you are away. No kindling, no stacking, no problems at all. Both logs synergise seamlessly with stoves, open fires, fire pits and bonfires offering two hour burn times per log. Got sustainability on your mind? Look no further as these logs are made from recycled sawdust, so you can rest assured that you are doing your bit for the environment too. Our Instant Fire and Crackle logs are also authorised for use in smoke control areas, so that’s one less thing worry about if you are using the, indoors. Finally if you are drawn to the soothing sonics of a crackling fire, our Instant Light Crackle Log will be music to your ears. Thanks to its combination of saw dust and wax, you’ll hear all kinds of snap, crackle and pop.
How to start a log fire?
If you can cast your mind back through all these sentences to our intro, we were talking about common pathways of questioning that emerge from our natural curiosity. When it comes to wood fuel one of the most frequent questions is all about how to start a fire. First thing’s first, we didn’t actually start the fire; apparently it was always burning since the world was turning. Pop song references aside, we have gone over this topic in all of our World of Wood blog series. However we will talk you through it again, as repetition leads to comprehension.
How to light a log fire?
Build a base foundation for your fire. This is done by scrunching up a few bits of newspaper or using natural firelighters <link https://bigkproducts.co.uk/products/woodies-natural-wood-wool-firelighters/> Then simply add some kindling, placing the smallest pieces first, followed by the larger pieces. Check that you are laying the pieces in different directions rather than all the same way.
Now add your logs. Just like with the kindling, place your smaller logs at the beginning and end with the larger logs. We would recommend stacking them one on top of the other forming a zigzag formation. Why? This creates air pockets between the logs to help airflow and increase the exposed wooden surface area. These two factors combine to increase the power and efficiency of your burn.
Now all you have to do is light your paper balls or firelighters and relax. The fire should take care of itself no issues at all.
How to make a good fire in a log burner?
If you follow the steps outlined above, you should have no problems getting a solid fire going in your log burner. However you might also want to try to the Top Down method. This is basically the total reverse of what we have just laid out for you. So rather than creating your fire from the bottom up, starting with newspaper and kindling then adding your logs, you flip the script. Now you start with your big logs at the bottom, then the smaller ones and finally kindling and newspaper at the top. With this technique the fire burns slowly within to the larger logs at the bottom. Some say this methodology delivers a cleaner burn once perfected. Why not give both ways a try and see which gives you the best results?
So now you know the best fire logs for you. Or perhaps now you know that you will never know the best fire logs for you as ‘the best’ is an elusive concept with no clear definition, riddled with nuance and possessing a philosophical dichotomy at its heart based on the polarity of objective and subjective mechanics. Good luck!