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Kiln dried logs and winter heating hacks info

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The human brain is remarkable. In an instant, millions of synapses fire to decode the chaos. We analyse, assess and calculate. We problem solve and trouble shoot using the most sophisticated computer on earth. So let’s apply some of our computational power to battle winter’s frosty touch. Kiln dried logs  bring all kinds of benefits to our heating strategy. Plus, we have a load of other hacks to share. RIP Frosty the Snowman. Let’s get it.

What are kiln dried logs?

Kiln-dried logs are simply logs that have gone through a mechanised drying process within a kiln. Simple enough to grasp!

How does kiln drying actually make logs drier?

Again this is basic common sense guys. Internal moisture is the enemy when it comes to your firewood. So the more internal moisture, the less efficient and pure the burn.  Commercial kilns produce scorching heat, removing the majority of the water and impurities within individual logs. The drying process can run for 4 or even 6 days – pumping out 70°C temps. After this say hello to your kiln dried logs.

A semi-circular pile of kiln dried logs in a holder in front of a fireplace

The benefits of Kiln dried logs

These types of logs have a plethora of benefits compared to seasoned firewood. Check out the breakdown. 

  1.   Burn ready

There’s no messing about when it comes to kiln dried logs. It’s plug and play straight away. Just pop them in the fireplace, stove or firepit and your good to go.  

  1. Easy to light

Kiln dried logs light up with minimal effort. How? Well there are a lot drier on the inside – ahem sub  20% internal moisture levels. 

  1.   Experience a cleaner, longer burn with more control

Kiln-dried logs deliver a cleaner burn due to the low levels of moisture within each log.  So if you’re burning kiln dried wood in a wood-burning or multi-fuel stove, you won’t need to worry about excess soot and tar blocking up your flue. And as the logs have a uniform moisture level, you know that each will behave in pretty much the same way, giving you more control.

  1.   Mould and insects are destroyed during the kiln dry

Kiln drying kills off pesky insects and mould so your logs will be healthy and good to go. Contaminated logs can infect other logs in your pile – so you can have peace of mind too knowing your stash will stay on point.

  1.   Kiln dried logs are more ethical

kiln drying delivers structure and consistency to the production process, meaning less wood is wasted compared to other methods of providing firewood. Also, did you know that kiln dried wood is only sourced when it’s needed, equaling less wastage.

Where can I buy Kiln dried logs?

Big K all day baby! Seriously, we have some of the highest quality kiln dried logs around. Check the details below and pick some up from bigkproducts.co.uk

 

 A pile of kiln dried logs burn in a fireplace

 

Kiln Dried Hardwood Logs FSC® Certified and Grown in Britain

£8.49

Kiln dried hardwood logs, 100% Grown in Britain

FSC® Certified & GiB certified and Woodsure Ready to Burn accredited

Consistent moisture level of under 20%

Easy to light and long lasting

High heat output with less smoke and a better flame

Ideal for stoves, chimineas, fire pits, pizza ovens, cookers and open fires

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Ok so that’s Kiln covered. But what other heating hacks are out there? Here’s a quick winter hacks breakdown.

 

 A stack of kiln dried logs piled up neatly

 

Fabulous four winter heating hacks

  1. Turn down the thermostat

Take a little strain off your heating system – last thing you need is system meltdown mid blizzard and all that.

  1. Seal up drafts

Unsealed cracks or unaddressed drafts allow loads of that lovely heated air to escape into the cold, as well as letting the cold air into your bubble.  Add these up and we get inefficiency and money lost. Check for gaps throughout your home – especially under/over doorways, windows and cat or dog flaps. Then simply caulk or seal up any voids to keep your cosy levels 100 plus.

  1. Maintain your heating system 

This will save you money in the long term. Keeping your heating system tiptop will reduce future repair costs and keep your heating bill lower.

  1. Get yourself a humidifier

Running your heating for extended periods tends to dry out the air, so a humidifier will add a little moisture into the mix, as well as heating up the surrounding air too.  

Send Jack Forst back to the job centre

Now you’re armed to the teeth with insights and options to blaze through the winter months. This means many more toasty times and warming wonders to come.