LOGS, COAL AND FIREWOOD PORTSMOUTH
Choosing wood as a heating fuel helps reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and can help to reduce our emission of C02. As trees grow they absorb C02 and release oxygen into the atmosphere. When the wood is burnt the carbon is oxidised and released as C02 again. Whereas fossil fuels take millions of years to form trees can be harvested in around 20 - 30 years depending on the type of tree.
When burning logs there are two main factors that effect the heat output or calorific value (CV), these being the moisture content and the wood density (dependent on the type of wood). Easily the biggest effect of these two is the moisture content, you should always buy logs that have been properly dried (seasoned).
If the logs have cracks in them and the bark peels of easily this indicates that they have been properly seasoned. Poorly seasoned logs are difficult to burn, have low heat output as much of the energy is used boiling off the moisture content and also produce more tars which will blacken stove windows and damage chimney linings.
BAILEY BROS - LOGS AND FIREWOOD
Closewood Farm, Newlands Lane, Denmead, Waterlooville, Hants, PO7 6TP
Tel: 02392 268600
BURNETT - FIREWOOD SUPPLIER
Fairfield Roads Hill, Waterlooville, PO8 0TG
Tel: 02392 598820
Tel: 02392 598771
CORRALLS COAL AND SOLID FUEL
Oil Terminal Rudmore Road, Portsmouth, Hants, PO2 8DR
Tel: 0870 6060333
FERGUSONS FUELS - BOTTLED GAS
Walton Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 1UJ
Tel: 02392 388501
GEORGE FORD COAL MERCHANT
17 St. Nicholas Road, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 3TN
Tel: 02392 486775
HAYLING LOG COMPANY
Northwood Lane, Hayling Island, PO11 0PZ
Tel: 02392 637459
HF BATH COAL AND SOLID FUEL
118 Sutton Road, Waterlooville, Hants, PO8 8PT
Tel: 02392 253772
RURAL FAYRE (SOUTH COAST FIREWOOD)
Unit 1 Knowle Farm, Mayles Lane, Fareham, Hampshire PO17 5PN
Tel: 01329 836361
THE LOG MAN - FIREWOOD SUPPLIER
Haykin, St Margarets Lane, Fareham, PO14
Tel: 01329 846798
THREE COPSE WOODLAND PRODUCTS
289 London Road, Horndean, Hants, PO8 0JE
Tel: 02392 595147
SOUTH COAST FIREWOOD
Bensgreen Farm, Froxfield, Petersfield, GU32 1ED
Tel: 01730 827099 or 01329 836361
There are generally two types of logs to choose from hardwood or softwood. Hardwood logs are denser than softwood logs and as a result burn for longer and produce more heat output.
When buying logs check that they are the correct size to fit into your stove. Have they been properly seasoned? Some suppliers quote log prices by quantity (load / half load) some by volume (m³) so make sure you understand the method being used to enable you to compare prices correctly.
When using log burning stoves or open fireplaces, make sure that your chimney is kept clean and inspected at regular intervals.
This will help to prevent chimney fires and reduce the risk of fumes being emitted into your home by blocked or restricted flues.
Find local chimney sweeps here.