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6 tips for finding the best log supplier

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 12 April 2011 at 10:10 am

There are a number of things to think about when buying logs. While price is always going to be important, it's not always easy to compare - as you may not be comparing like with like.

Here are five great questions that the Biomass Energy Centre suggests you ask suppliers before you buy:

1. Are the logs the right size for your stove?

2. Are the logs green or seasoned? It's normally cheaper to buy green logs, and dry them yourself - but you will need space to store them while they dry.

3. Are you buying by weight or volume? Most log suppliers sell by the 'load', but is one supplier's trailer load the same as another's?

4. Where are the logs coming from? Is the woodland sustainably managed? Is it reasonably close by? Have the logs been imported?

5. Does the price include delivery? And how will they deliver them. The normal method tends to be tipping the load up and leaving you to stack them yourself.

6. I also tend to ask whether the logs will be hardwood or softwood. The former is denser, heavier and burns more slowly. The latter is cheaper, and easier to light, but you will either need more space to store them - or will have to re-order more often.

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