How do I know if my wood is dry?
If you do not know the history of the wood, then you must assume the wood is wet. Wood naturally dries at a rate of 1 inch per year, so it will take 6 years to dry a 12 inch log, split logs dry at an increased rate. A 12 inch log takes 8 weeks to dry in a kiln to achieve a moisture content of 20% or less.
DO NOT be tempted to dry your logs by the stove - all you are doing is increasing the likelihood of burning down your house.
DO NOT burn wet wood with solid fuel, as a very aggressive acid is created which is lethal for the stoves, chimneys and flues.
Woodsure, the UK’s only wood fuel quality assurance scheme, has launched a Ready to Burn initiative to help homeowners look after their stoves and improve air quality.
Air quality and wood fuel has become a hot topic and stove owners are being asked to think about the impact of burning poor quality firewood has on the environment. A stove is only as good as the wood it burns and so the Ready to Burn stamp of approval will reassure those who purchase firewood/briquettes with its logo that they are dry enough and immediately ready to burn. To find a supplier go to :-