The Importance Of Good Wood For Your Stove

There’s nothing more comforting than sitting in front of a roaring fire on a chilly evening. However, to make sure that you’re fire is burning brightly and as it should be, it’s vital you a have a good wood to burn.

When it comes to buying logs for your stove, there are many options available. However, nothing is more important than a good quality wood. We’ve put together a guide to ensure you pick the right, high-quality logs for your stove.

Moisture Content

The moisture content of your logs could be the difference between a smoky fire that will struggle to heat your home and a beautiful, clean and warming fire.

You’ll only ever want to use dried, fully seasoned chopped wood with moisture content of less than 20%. Burning wood with the ideal moisture content will dramatically increase the performance of your wood-burning stove. The indicators to look out for that the log is fully seasoned with the ideal moisture content is that they should feel a lot lighter than an unseasoned wood and you can find bark peeling away around the outside.

Types of Wood

There are many different types of wood that can be used for wood-burning stoves. Whether you’re looking for a fast-burning or slow-burning fire, the type of wood you burn can affect this. Before buying your logs, we recommend researching the different types of wood and what will work best for your wood-burning stove.

Seasoning Process

Using a seasoned log can you give you approximately 50% more heat output than an equivalent unseasoned log. After all, logs with a high water content will result in your house being full of smoke! Many people try to burn logs that they’ve cut down themselves, maybe from their own back garden, however, it’s won’t quite have the same effect that a full seasoned log will have. They’ll be less heat, more smoke and your fire may spit.

We have a dedicated log delivery service that only delivers the best, high-quality logs that are ready to burn for a roaring fire.


When storing your logs, you never want to store your logs on the ground. This is because your firewood needs constant air circulation; this helps with the drying process as well as stops the logs from rotting. The wood should also be covered from above to stop the logs from becoming damp during rainy weather.

Log Sizes

Ideally, logs should be no more than around 10cm in length and any log over 10cm in length needs to be split for proper circulation and efficiency. It is recommended that you always split the logs before putting them into a fire - this is because the outer layer of the logs can be difficult to penetrate, therefore putting a large log into a fire will burn, but it will not burn as effectively as it needs to be.

If you have any questions or queries regarding our wood-burning stoves or our log delivery service around the Surrey, Dorking or Guildford area, do not hesitate to get in touch.