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Log burners explained. Feel the heat!

A close up of a typical scene using log burners. We see burning wood in a log burner with the glass chamber open, casting a yellow and warm glow.

The digital age is a wonder. However somewhere in the sea of gigabytes, fibre optics and data, we yearn for the analogue. Digital is fleeting. Physical is visceral. Take log burners for example; these beautifully designed feats of engineering radiate heat, showcase primeval flames and create  an aesthetic focal point for any room. Not only that but, much like the moth to the flame, we too are drawn to the log burner’s presence. We hang about. We chat. We sip hot tea. We come together. So gather round and let us spin a yarn for you about log burners.

 

What’s a log burner?

Ah yes! It’s always awesome to go back to the roots of understanding. Well here we are at ground zero. Log burners are basically just heating and cooking appliances that burn wood fuel and wood derived biomass fuel. When this fuel is burned, heat is released. It really is that simple.

 

How does a wood burner work?

Solid natural progression in your thinking here. We love it.  It’s all very simple. You take your wood and place it inside your log burner’s firebox. Then you light your wood. That’s it. The firebox is surrounded by fireproof walls. These walls enclose the wood and the fire. You also have air vents to control the amount of airflow into the firebox. Controlling the tire means you can control the burn a little better, choosing between fast and hot or slow and steady.

 

A classic log burners shot showing a log burner with a glowing fire. Stacked wood lies next to the log burner.

 

What are the benefits of log burners?

  • Wood-burners are extremely efficient, using up and less energy than a radiator for the same amount of heat.
  • Log burners have a lower carbon output; meaning less energy is needed to harvest wood in comparison to mining fossil fuels such as coal.
  • Fantastic for heating a singular space.
  • Power cut resistant. Could come in handy if we are to bier what’s on the horizon.
  • Log burners work very well with other low carbon heating solutions including heat pumps.

 

What’s the difference between a stove and a log burner?

These two terms are often synonymous. However there are a few distinctions that you need know. Log-burners have a fixed grate and no ashpan. This is because wood burns better on a bed of ashes. Moving onto multi-fuel stoves, these nifty contraptions incorporate a raised grate system. This helps increase the amount of available air for combustion under the fuel. This design also makes the removal of ash a lot easier thanks to the removable ashpan.

 

Do I need a chimney for a log burner or wood burning stove?

Generally speaking, you do not need a chimney to install a wood burning stove.  However, the installation might be a little more complex, rather than fitting your burner within an existing chimney. Why? Well you will probably need to install a twin wall flue system through either the roof or wall.

 

How long do log burners take to heat up their surroundings?

Yes we all want to get to the heat! You should be looking at a 3-6 hour window to get your home nice and toasty – depending on the size of your house and its insulation capabilities. If your wood stove is your main source of heat, you should get your fire going al least 3 hours before you need your optimum heating temperature.

 

A close up of wood burning in a chamber which is typical in log burners

 

Is a log burner right for me?

Now that you know the lay of the log burner land, your cogs of curiosity are surely turning. Perhaps you’re even considering buying one? If you think log burners could be the way forward, then here are a few more questions to consider.

 

Where do you live?

Of course you hope that you know your own address. If not, then daily life must be somewhat of a struggle for you. What we mean is that if you live in a town or city, you need to check to see if your home lies within a Smoke Control Area; you can find out by contacting your local authority or checking out this site. If you do live in a Smoke Control Area, then you’ll only be able to burn DEFRA-approved smokeless fuel (such as smokeless coal) — wood isn’t an option. However there is a workaround. If you use a DEFRA-exempt stove, then you can burn all the wood you want. The majority of manufacturers and suppliers mark these type of models with approval stamps.

 

What Kind of House Do You Live In?

We’re not talking about architectural style, interior design and Alexa here people. We’re looking at airflow. You see, stoves need plenty of air for successful combustion. Basically the air in the room needs to be replenished regularly. Now, in older, draughtier homes with large rooms, an abundance of air isn’t really an issue. However, in certain modern and well-insulated homes, this isn’t the case. Things get tricker as we haver to factor in mechanical ventilation systems. Room-sealed stoves require a direct air supply from outside the house. So if you do have an airtight home, you will need a log burner that obtains air externally as some models will still draw air from the room.

 

Are you prepped for a little maintenance and upkeep?

Sure these aren’t Herculean tasks, but you will defo have to roll up your sleeves a touch. For example, shifting logs about and cleaning out ash pans. If this in’t quite your cup of tea, then perhaps an electric log burner is more your speed. Same heat. No fuss.

 

A split image of 2 log burners with burning inside

 

Wood for log burner? Big K has all the fuel for your fire

Ok so a log burner is where it’s at for you. That’s awesome. But you need to feed the beast right? Put down your axe and ordnance survey map: no need to get lost in the woods. You’ll find all the wood fuel you could possibly need at bigkproducts.co.uk. This isn’t hyperbole. We’re spitting facts. Check out our range below and see for yourself.

 

Big K Kiln Dried Logs FSC®

If you’re looking for a safe pair of heating and cooking hands then these logs will rock your world …and your log burner too! We don’t need to get all prosaic on you. Check the bullets and get the facts. However we do have to mention those super dry sub 20% moisture levels. Bring on the blaze! Available in pallets and bulk. These are perfect log burner logs for sure!

  • Kiln dried hardwood logs, 100% Grown in Britain
  • FSC® & 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

 

Big K Compressed Heat Logs

Power, punch and performance. Our sustainable and totally amazing compressed heat logs deliver searingly hot temperatures. This is thanks to the lowest of the low sub 8% internal moisture levels. We hit such dry territory due to the compression process removing excess moisture. All this means more heat for you. Pallets? Yes please! Say hello to the ultimate log burner fuel. Here’s a blog for more info.

  • 100% natural compressed heat logs
  • Made with no additives or binders
  • Contains only by-products of managed forests and recycled wood
  • Suitable for fireplaces and stoves, leaves little ash
  • Under 8% moisture level with no sparks or spitting
  • 12 logs per pack

 

Big K Instant Light Logs

Sometimes easy is a comfort. We need things now with minimal effort. Instant gratification the order of the day. Introducing Big K Instant Light logs. No kindling wood needed. Just light the wrapper and you’re good to go!

  • Buy 9, get 1 free
  • Individually wrapped instant light fire log
  • Made from recycled saw dust and wax
  • Instant light with no firelighter or kindling required, just light the wrapper
  • Each log burns for approximately 2 hours
  • Authorised for use in smoke control areas
  • Ideal for stoves, open fires, fire pits and bonfires

So now you’re knee-deep in wood burner details and firewood info, there’s never been a better time to get your blaze on. Get ready to embrace the warmth!

 

 

 

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    £8.49
    • 100% natural compressed heat logs
    • Made with no additives or binders
    • Contains only by-products of managed forests and recycled wood
    • Suitable for fireplaces and stoves, leaves little ash
    • Under 8% moisture level with no sparks or spitting
    • 12 logs per pack

     

     

  • Product shot of one of Big K’s Instant Light Firelogs in wrapper on white background

     

     

    £3.49
    • Buy 9, get 1 free
    • Individually wrapped instant light fire log
    • Made from recycled saw dust and wax
    • Instant light with no firelighter or kindling required, just light the wrapper
    • Each log burns for approximately 2 hours
    • Authorised for use in smoke control areas
    • Ideal for stoves, open fires, fire pits and bonfires

     

     

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    Original price was: £180.00.Current price is: £144.00.
    • Order a bulk bag and save when you buy in bulk
    • Kiln dried hardwood logs, 100% Grown in Britain
    • GiB 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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    £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