The weather has definitely turned and if you haven’t already started thinking about stocking up on firewood for winter, then you should now.
How much firewood should I buy for a winter in the UK is a question that we get asked regularly, but it isn’t particularly easy to answer, as there are so many variables.
Our firewood is kiln-dried, so you are guaranteed a low moisture content. This means you need to buy less wood. Kiln-dried firewood burns very efficiently, producing a lot of heat. If your wood has not been properly seasoned then you will need more of it to heat your home.
There are many different stove designs and all of them vary in efficiency. Ideally you want maximum control of airflow so once your fire has been lit you can reduce the airflow to create a constant, steady heat that is burning the wood slowly.
Type of wood
Hard and soft woods burn very differently. Hard wood burns much more efficiently, so less is needed.
Some people like to have the fire on all day during winter, in order to heat their home. Others will only use their fireplace once they get home from work, or just for special occasions.
How much wood you buy will also be limited by your storage space. If you have plenty of space to store firewood correctly then it is worth buying more and letting it dry out even more for the following year. If you do not have the outdoor space to keep a lot of firewood dry then you will want to buy smaller loads more regularly.
If the UK winter is not particularly cold and you only use your wood burning stove for a few hours in the evenings, then you will only get through 1 – 2 of our jumbo bags of hardwood. If you run out, then we also sell small bags. If you have a fire lit for longer or use it for heating hot water as well, then you will need more.