Why seasoned logs? Is it bad to burn wet or unseasoned (green) wood?

Quality seasoned hardwood logs from silvanalogs2door

Quality seasoned hardwood logs from silvanalogs2door


  • Wet or unseasoned wood produces the following poor performance:
  • Fires that are very slow and difficult to start.
  • Fires that don't burn well.
  • Smokey fires with fewer flames, lack-lustre and dull dirty orange coloured flames.
  • Increased dense grey/blue smoke from the chimney.
  • Shorter burn times.
  • Low heat ouput.
  • Dirty glass with the effectiveness of stove's airwash system compromised.
  • Excessive and rapid creosole build-up in the flue system and chimney.
  • Unpleasant smokey smells inside and outside the house.

Therefore, always stick with the very best kiln dried, seasoned, hardwood logs, as supplied by silvanalogs2door!

what is the best wood to burn? answer - kiln dried logs

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Different wood types have their own burning qualities and properties and although there are references to burning green wood in this guide, we would say that for the most efficient and effective burn in your fire/woodburner, only very dry wood should be used.

There are of course the compressed, reclaimed 'eco' type of logs and briquettes.  These burn well and for a decent length of time because they are dense and very dry.  Having tested and trialled most of the offerings on sale, we've decided that Hotties heatlogs are by far the best.  See our prices for details on this great product.

There are over 30 types of wood you can choose from:

Alder - produces poor heat output and doesn't last well. POOR

Apple - a very good wood that burns slowly when dry, it has a small flame size, and does not produce sparking or spitting.  GOOD

Ash - Reckoned by many to be one of the best woods for burning, it produces a speedy flame and good heat output.  It can be burnt when green, but like all woods, it burns best when dry.  VERY GOOD

Beech - Burns very much like ash, but does not burn well when green.  VERY GOOD

Birch - Produces good heat output but does burn quickly.  GOOD

Cherry - Is a slow to burn wood that produces a good heat output.  Needs to be well seasoned.  GOOD

Chestnut - A poor burning wood that produces a small flame and poor heat output.  POOR

Elm - Is slow to get going but it will be necessary to use a better burning wood to get it going. MEDIUM

Hawthorn - Is a good traditional fire wood that has a slow burn with a good heat output.  VERY GOOD

Horse Chestnut - A good wood for wood stoves, but not for open fires as it tends to spit.  However, it does produce a good flame and heat output.  GOOD (for stoves)

Oak - Because of its density, oak produces a small flame and a very slow burn.  Requires a minimum of 2 year's seasoning.  GOOD

Pear - Burns well with a good heat output but needs to be seasoned well. GOOD

Poplar - A very smokey wood with a poor burn. POOR

Thorn - Excellent wood for burning.  Produces a steady flame with good heat output.  GOOD



Kiln dried logs provide you with the ultimate burn quality with maximum heat output. 

The kiln drying process in our wood fired kilns remove most of the water for you, down to below an average of 15% moisture content.

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 fewer kiln dried logs than if you were buying 'seasoned logs', providing you with greater value for money.

Kiln dried logs also provide you with a consistent, reliable product, unlike 'seasoned logs' which vary in terms of their moisture content due to the natural and varied drying process.

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Hygge - Guildford to Sevenoaks

Hygge is a Danish concept that originated in Norway where it originally meant 'well-being'.    It first appeared in Danish literature towards the end of the 18th Century and the Danes have embraced it ever since.

Hygge is about spending time with loved ones, walks by the sea, drinking cocoa, brewing a fresh coffee and slowly savouring the aromas - while eating a cinnamon bun - oh... and lighting a candle too!

And of course ... sitting by the fire.  What better way to embrace Autumn and this current trend than spending a cosy afternoon by the fire.  At silvanalogs2door we whole-heartedly embrace the concept of taking life slowly and enjoying simple pleasures.

True happiness is... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future. Lucius Annaeus Seneca