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Canal Road Farmer's Market supplies seasoned firewood from our own woodland that is ideal for open fires, stoves and is also great for camping. Purchase in the quantity that suits you best, from 1 piece to truck loads. Our firewood is naturally dried, economical and convenient to use, providing an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels such as oil or gas. We supply both seasoned hardwood and kindling, and will deliver from our location on Canal Road. We carry a mixture of Black Oak, Red Oak, White Oak, Cherry, Beech and Hard Maple. We also carry Hickory for the Perfect smoked meat.
Sustainable Energy Straight To Your Door!
It is very important to only burn dry wood. Who wants to buy water? It puts fires out. Ignore the bags of wood you sometimes see for sale at gas stations and stores that are packed in plastic and with condensation dripping off the bag. Some unscrupulous firewood producers simply chop up fresh unseasoned timber, bag it and sell it, knowing that they will probably never meet the purchaser.
If you burn wet or green wood, the heat produced by combustion must dry the wood before it will burn, using up a large percentage of the available energy in the process. This results in less heat delivered to your home and gallons of acidic water in the form of creosote deposited in your chimney. This can eat through the chimney lining and cause significant damage. Don’t forget, this will also increase the risk of a chimney fire, which can be dangerous and is an expensive operation if the fire service has to be called out.
The problem is that since wet wood burns slowly, with little heat, the chimney flue does not get a chance to warm up. There is little draw (air moving up the chimney) which doesn't help the combustion, and the flue remains a cold surface on which the creosote condenses. Dry wood will burn hot – heating up the flue, creating a fast draw, and shooting the smaller amount of vapours out of the chimney before they get a chance to condense.
Good firewood producers source their logs and then stack them to air dry for at least a full year. They then process them into firewood and store them in a shed where they can dry further. Only then are they fit for bagging and selling to the public.
The Advantages of Using Air Dried Firewood Over Kiln Dried Firewood:
There is a misconception that kiln dried firewood is better to burn than naturally air dried firewood.
Essentially kiln dried firewood is firewood that has been baked in an oven to speed up the drying of the wood. By drying the wood this way valuable energy is lost as volatile esters from the wood evaporate. However if you burn air dried firewood that has been left outside to naturally dry by the sun and wind you will get more energy from the wood since these lost volatile esters are retained.
Did you know oil is burnt in many kilns to dry the wood? This really takes away from the benefits of burning wood in the first place. Who wants to pay extra for firewood that has been dried by burning oil?
All timber has the same calorific value provided if it is of equal moisture content. Conifer logs are less dense and of greater bulk than hardwoods of similar weight but because they are substantially cheaper to purchase, they provide great value for home heating, provided that they are dry and have been seasoned correctly. All Canal Road Farmer's Market firewood is air dried for up to two years to ensure a cheery blaze in the hearth.
Contrary to some common misconceptions, properly seasoned firewood makes excellent fuel and is perfectly safe to burn. Tar and creosote building up in chimney linings is generally the result of burning wet timber. When seasoned properly, firewood burns hotter and faster than denser hardwoods and is ideal for wood burning stoves. All open fires should have a fire guard in front of them for safety and all sources of flame should be guarded sensibly.