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3 Reasons to buy good quality firewood

When you have an open fire, or a log burner in your home, it is tempting to try and find the cheapest wood, possible or to go out look for some for free from nearby woodlands. However, this is not going to lead to a warmer home or financial savings.

There are many reasons why you should buy good quality firewood from a reputable source. Here are just a few of them:

Hotter for longer

Good quality firewood that has been properly seasoned and kiln dried will burn hotter for longer, providing you with much more heat for your money than poor quality or damp firewood. The idea of an open fire or log burner is to heat your home. With poor quality firewood you won’t be able to do this, instead you will have to use more central heating to compensate for the lack of heat coming from your fire.

Good quality firewood will also burn down to glowing coals that will give out heat for a long time, much longer than a poor quality wood.


Firewood that has been properly seasoned and is of good quality is much safer. Scrap wood and inappropriate types of wood can spit, sometimes very dramatically. This can cause painful burns for any passing family members or pets and if your fire spits when someone is not in the room, then there is a real risk of causing a house fire. This, is obviously devastating and dangerous.

There is a lot less risks of spitting and stray sparks from firewood that has been chosen specifically and seasoned correctly.

Better for the environment

Buying firewood from a reputable source is much better for the environment. Locally sourced wood from properly managed woodlands will guarantee minimum damage. If you buy wood from an unknown source than you risk fuelling illegal logging, which does a lot of damage to woodlands and communities.

Likewise, if you go and help yourself to wood from nearby woodlands then you will be damaging delicate ecosystems. Even if you just take fallen branches you are still removing a home lots of insects and preventing the wood from decomposing, providing much needed nutrients back into the soil. In a properly managed woodland every care is taken to encourage wildlife and ensure that ecosystems can flourish and thrive.

Why Use Kiln Dried Timber

Whether you need timber cladding, firewood,  cedar shingles, or other timber product, some woods need to be properly seasoned before they can be used. Usually wood is considered to be seasoned if it has a moisture content of below 20%. When wood loses its moisture it will shrink and change colour. If it loses moisture tooContinue Reading

How to chop firewood

At Old Mill Wood Yard we sell high quality, seasoned firewood throughout West Wales, Carmarthenshire and Swansea. It is already chopped into sizeable pieces to fit into your wood burner or open fire. However, if you wish to chop your own firewood then it is important that you know what to do in order toContinue Reading

Top reasons to invest in a wood burner

Nothing can be cosier on a cold winter night then lighting the wood burner and snuggling up on the sofa. But wood burners are useful for more than just creating a good ambience. There are many advantages to having a wood burner in your home here are just a few of the top reasons toContinue Reading

Why choose logs for your open fire?

Many homes in the UK have a functioning open fire, that not only acts as a way to heat the home, but also makes a great central feature. Traditionally both coal and firewood are used on an open fire, but there are many reasons why only firewood should be used. Coal is a fossil fuel,Continue Reading

Fire Safety

There is nothing better than spending a winter evening sitting round a real fire. Many households in the UK have a log burner or open fire. It is a wonderful feature in the home, but there are also inherent risks that come with having a fire lit in the home. Here are some tips onContinue Reading

How much firewood should I buy for a UK winter?

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 manyContinue Reading

How to store firewood

As long as you store your firewood correctly it will last for many years. We sell seasoned firewood in West Wales and Swansea, but if you are storing green wood, you will need to store it correctly for at least 6 months before you intend to burn it in order to get the moisture contentContinue Reading

Save money this winter with good quality firewood

As prices for oil, gas and electric keep rising and many people are struggling to heat their homes the price of good quality firewood remains steady. Having a fireplace in your home is a real advantage during the winter months. It provides essential warmth and a cosy atmosphere as well as being a centre-piece forContinue Reading

Firewood in Swansea

The better the firewood the more heat it produces when it burns. Low quality firewood is harder to burn, produces less heat and is prone to spitting, which is potentially very dangerous. Your firewood should always be seasoned. This means that it has been dried out and has a low moisture content. If firewood hasContinue Reading