Regular readers will remember that last year we finally had a woodburner installed. Oh, the deep, contented joy. We’ve always had a gas fire in the living room, so it’s not like we were without a focal point or warmth… but I don’t think anyone will disagree that there’s just something about a real fire.
I’m not ashamed to admit that over the last few weeks I’ve been eyeing the fire and watching the weather, just waiting for that evening when the slight coolness that simply required socks became an actual chill that might require heating.
For that meant I was totally justified in setting a match to the fire bed I’d laid at the end of August (you know, just in case…). Hoorah!
But of course, that means the sad remnants at the bottom of the log store are starting to look a bit too lonely now we’re facing the change to cold weather at last – time to have it comfortingly filled to the top again.
Right now, in every real-fire house across the land, the same thinkings are being thought; ‘it’s time for some log shopping’.
But if you have a woodburner, you need to get the right fuel – buying a job lot of logs from that small ad in your local paper often means you end up with a stack of damp stuff that you need to find room to season for a couple of years before it’s of any use to you. Personally, we did exactly what we did last year and headed to Certainly Wood – and they not only sorted us out, but
rather kindly suggested that one of our readers might actually like to receive one of their magnificent 1.6m3 sacks of kiln dried logs for free.
In case you don’t know them (and you should) CertainlyWood are a Herefordshire-based family business who sell sustainable British firewood. The wood is entirely sourced from sustainable British hardwood, and they offer kiln dried or seasoned logs. We want our logs stacked and ready to burn straight off the pallet, so we opted for kiln dried (which also happen to offer the ultimate burn quality with maximum heat output).
The kiln drying process in CertainlyWood’s kilns remove most of the water for you, down to below an average of 20% moisture content (when you become a woodburner owner, your world suddenly expands to include knowledge of the desirable water content of logs. Mad, but true).
Burning kiln dried logs will ensure your stove glass is kept clean and will prevent a build-up of soot or tar in your chimney or flue, and because you get so much heat output, you will actually need less than if you were to buy seasoned logs, so they’re actually great value for money.
And on top of all that, the standard length of 25cm kiln dried logs is recommended by stove manufacturers, and fits 99% of wood burning or multi-fuel stoves. So they’ll fit without chopping too!
The prize is for one (gernormous) sack containing 1.6m3 of logs; it is apparently the most popular size for home delivery, and contains the equivalent of approx. 48 small bags of kiln dried firewood. This is a LOT of wood for you to win!
To enter, all you have to do is answer a simple question in the widget box below. That’s it! Then there are various other options for gaining extra chances of winning that amazing sack, which is actually a free toasty-warm winter. Closing date is the 15th November, so they can be with you before the coldness really takes hold. Good luck!