At Midland Tree Specialists, we are naturally committed to recycling 100% of the waste we produce.
What isn't chipped and used for Biomass, is processed as firewood. Wood is one of the original and most traditional forms of fuel but in years it has been replaced by fossil fuels like coal, gas, oil and electricity. However, wood is a perfect source of renewable energy and has many environmental benefits.
"Just thought I would do a test run....Brilliant!!! Compared to the rubbish you buy in small bags your firewood does the trick!
Thanks for coming by at short notice."
Mr Steve Smith, Sywell
The following is an extract from the Firewood Buyers Guide
WHY YOU SHOULD ONLY BURN DRY WOOD
It is important that you only ever burn dry wood. Burning wood with a high moisture content causes pollution, will quickly build up flammable resins in your chimney and is very inefficient. Unseasoned wood may well be cheaper to buy than seasoned wood but it will require you to store it for a year or more before it is ready to burn. When burnt efficiently wood produces virtually no smoke and is carbon neutral which means it does not add to the greenhouse gases, which are associated with global warming. If harvested from sustainable sources, wood is a completely renewable source of energy.
IS ALL WOOD THE SAME?
You can spend hours reading the considered thoughts of the pros and cons of different species of wood and their characteristics when burnt on an open fire or stove but be aware that when fully seasoned, the calorific value of all wood types is very similar by weight. You could thus argue that there is no such thing as bad wood - it is just that you will need far more logs from some species compared to others to achieve the same heat output.
BUYING FIREWOOD - QUANTITIES, THINGS TO REMEMBER
One of the biggest issues firewood buyers face is understanding what the quantities of wood that are actually being offered for sale by firewood suppliers.
There are so many variables in the wood supplied that makes it particularly difficult to achieve a description or measurement that is both practical and meaningful for both the supplier and customer. Firewood logs are meant to be measured by volume, usually cubic meters. Wood is rarely sold by weight as the weight will vary dramatically depending on the species of the logs in the pile.
BUILDERS BAG / TON BAG / DUMPY BAG OF LOGS
Remember that a builders bag is not a ton of wood and it is not a cubic meter of wood (probably around 0.6 m3) and don't let anyone tell you any different! Again, it is likely that the logs inside the bag have been loosely loaded so expect the volume of your purchase to reduce if you make a nice stack of the firewood. Be aware that only dry, seasoned wood should be stored in a builders bag; as there is little opportunity for air circulation damp or wet wood will quickly develop mould if left in the bag.
"A quick email to say thank you for the prompt delivery of our wood order, great service, great firewood we are very impressed!"
Mrs N Harris, Weston Favell
With the increase in demand for more sustainable green energy, the popularity of firewood has increased greatly over the last 5 years. We have found that more and more people are having log burners installed and more clients are keeping timber from the jobs to burn for themselves. As a result and not that we would want to, we literally can't cut down enough trees to supply the demand for firewood!
A few years ago I will always remember a customer getting quite upset because we couldn't supply them with seasoned firewood...their words were " That's ridiculous, that's like a pub running out of beer!" as harsh as that sounds, they were right and I think this has inspired us. We now also work with a local woodland management company, they are able to supply us with locally sourced, sustainable hardwood timber, coming mainly from estate thinning's. This enables us to provide our clients with high quality seasoned hardwood logs all year round.
The remaining timber comes from our tree work operations, primarily from condemned tree. After the tree has been felled and cut up into manageable sections, it is transported to our firewood processing yard. Once there, it is left outside for around 12 months to season, the site we currently operate on is superb for this, as its both sunny and windy, perfect for drying out timber. In the Spring and through the Summer months, using our firewood processing machines, we cut and split into firewood logs averaging 18 - 26cm in length (7 - 10 inches), we store them on recycled pallets to further improve the air circulation in our dry and airy weather proof barn. Now our firewood is waiting to be delivered, ready for your fire. This process ensures that the wood is burnt to its full potential with minimum smoke and maximum heat.
The price below is for one cubic metre of seasoned firewood, delivered loose, not in bags within our delivery zone.
Please note: Our delivery drivers only deliver. They will only move or stack firewood if prior arrangements have been made, or if the additional charge of £20 per cubic metre has been paid.
1. THE PREMIUM MIX.
The Premium mix, low moisture content, minimum 12 months seasoned firewood, consisting of dry, barn stored hardwood timber logs. Mostly cut and / or split into 18 - 26cm in length (7 - 10 inches).
Timber making up this mix will include: Ash, Beech, Cherry, Elm, Hawthorn, Oak, Poplar, Silver Birch and Sycamore.
£90.00 (inc local delivery see map)
2. THE ECONOMY MIX.
The Economy Mix, low moisture content, minimum 12 months seasoned firewood, consisting of dry, barn stored softwood timber logs.
Mostly cut and / or split into 28cm / 11 inches lengths.
Timber making up this mix will include: Cedar, Cypress, Pine, Thuja and Willow.
£65.00 (inc local delivery see map)
3 x DRY KINDLING NETS
Only delivered with any order of 1 or more cubic metre of firewood.
Nets measure approximately 65cm x 35cm.
Weigh on average around 6kg per net.
Nets contain both hardwood and softwood cleaving’s, to be used as kindling.
The kindling is collected after producing our firewood. It is then netted and stored under cover for at least 9 months.
The kindling is used in conjunction with either a fire lighter, or several pieces of screwed up newspaper, to start you fire.
(Please note: minimum order is 1 cubic metre)
"Many thanks for the delivery of well seasoned hardwood this morning. We are mightily impressed with your service and the quality of the logs supplied.One of our neighbours across the road commented on the load and subsequently asked for your contact details which I have passed on. I hope to do further business in the future."
Mr N Pettitt, Hollowell
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I pay for your firewood?
Payment by cash on delivery, or on-line bank transfer, details supplied on request. Alternatively, you may also pay for your firewood via Pay Pal*. Unfortunately we are not able to take card payments over the phone.
*Pay Pal fees apply.
Does it come in bags?
No, our firewood is delivered loose by the cubic metre. We believe storing and delivering in "builder's bags" may affect the quality of the firewood.
Where do you deliver to?
When you purchase 1 cubic metre, we will deliver this free of charge provided it is within the ten mile radius of our firewood yard (please see the delivery map above for further details). We can deliver outside of this area, but during the busy firewood time, you would need to increase the load or may have to pay a small delivery charge to cover time and fuel costs, please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Can I collect my firewood?
No, unfortunately due to the location of our firewood and the agreement with the land owner, we can't allow collection.
Our logs average around 18 - 26cm in length (7 - 10 inches) in length and around 5cm - 15cm in diameter (2 - 6 inches). They can vary in size, shape, colour, weight or appearance. Below are pictures of our average firewood logs, including a 30cm ruler for scale..
How big is a cubic metre?
If you imagine a cube, 1 metre wide by 1 metre high by 1 metre long full of logs that's what you get! But seriously, we know it's hard to envisage, so we have included a couple of pictures.
How much do I need/How long will it last?
If you are new to buying firewood, then you may not be sure how much you need. It will depend on how you are using your firewood, if you have one wood burner or are heating the whole house and how bad the weather is. On average our customers buy 2 cubic metres and that usually lasts the winter. If you are unsure then please contact us for further information.
How should I store it?
Your firewood will be delivered seasoned and dry and ideally it should be kept this way. Due to the time of year we are normally delivering, it maybe raining. Firewood may get slightly damp in transit or while you are stacking it. This is not the end of the world, just leave it in the dry for a few days or bring some in and leave by the fire if you need it sooner.
Do you stack or move the firewood?
No, we don't do either and our firewood prices reflect this. We would rather you pay for our firewood than our time making a nice neat stack. Of course, if you don't have the time and are prepared to pay a little extra then we would gladly do this for you.
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