Our Sussex logs, firewood and kindling are perfect for open fires, wood burning stoves and garden chimineas. We can also supply logs for mushroom cultivation and rustic wedding decorations!

Sussex logs & seasoned firewood for sale

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Builders bulk bag of our finest seasoned hardwood logs £80 each this includes free delivery within Brighton and surrounding areas

To order, please use our contact form or call us on 01273 917995

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Kindling nets available for £4 each or 3 for £10

To order, please use our contact form or call us on 01273 917995

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We aim to keep our Sussex logs and firewood production as carbon neutral as possible. One of the ways we do this is by replanting native trees to replace those we’ve felled. Furthermore, about half our firewood comes from branch pruning operations, this means the trees we’ve cut are still growing and still absorbing carbon dioxide. All our firewood is split and cut by hand, this means it comes in a variety of shapes and sizes although we aim to cut all logs roughly to the size of a household brick.


Our firewood loads consist mainly of hardwoods such as Oak, Ash, Beech, Sycamore and Holly. However, from time to time our firewood loads may also include some aromatic woods such as Apple, Cherry, Plum and Eucalyptus. We can also provide small bags of seasoned kindling on request.

Order Arbor Cura firewood or kindling on our contact form or call us on 01273 917995


Firewood versus Fossil fuels

With energy prices on the rise, together with the efficiency of modern wood burning stoves, using Sussex logs and firewood to warm the home is once again becoming a practical proposition for the home owner.

When we burn fossil fuels (such as oil, coal and natural gas: the bi-products of decomposing organic matter compressed under layers of rock) we are releasing stored carbon into the atmosphere that has taken millions of years to accumulate. It will take many millions of years to replace these reserves, by the same process, once they are used up. We are simply using them up more quickly than they can be produced and as such fossil fuels are not a renewable energy source.

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Trees that are felled for firewood and logs, on the other hand, can be replaced by new trees in a relatively short space of time (normally just a few decades). This makes Sussex firewood a much more renewable energy source. Furthermore, burning firewood is almost completely ‘carbon neutral’ because although carbon dioxide is released as the wood burns, it is absorbed by growing trees at almost the same rate.

Wood smoke & drying wood for fires

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When we have a fire in the wood burner at home we are aiming for a dry, hot burn producing very little smoke. If you burn the right wood in the right way, the fire shouldn’t produce excessive amounts of smoke.

As you probably know from garden bonfires, lots of wet material produces lots of thick smoke. It therefore makes sense to use the driest fuel you can when selecting wood for your home fire. Properly seasoned wood is at the heart of a hot and smoke-free fire and is the best wood for fires. Another thing to bear in mind is that a smoky fire is an inefficient one. We want all the energy released from the wood to heat our home not to disappear up the chimney in the form of smoke.


 

How to spot seasoned wood

It’s essential to know that the wood you are buying is properly seasoned and not still full of moisture. Here are some quick checks to help you tell the difference:

  • Seasoned wood weighs much less than green wood.
  • Seasoned wood looks darker, or grey when compared to freshly cut or “green” wood which is usually more yellow or cream coloured.
  • Seasoned wood will have drying cracks showing at the flat, cut end.
  • Seasoned wood will have loose bark compared to the bark of green wood which will be tightly attached.
  • When two pieces of seasoned wood are knocked together they make a high, hollow sound whereas green wood makes a more dull sound.
  • Seasoned wood should not hiss when burnt, this is the water in the wood boiling and being forced out as steam. Most of the fire’s energy will be used up in this process leaving very little to heat your home.
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Firewood – a guide to quality

In essence, any wood that grows in the UK can make good firewood provided it’s properly seasoned and stored. However, some woods are better than others, and what is best for you might be different to what is best for me.

Seasoning is simply the process of drying the wood to remove enough of the naturally occurring water to enable it to burn properly. We call it seasoning because traditionally wood would be cut and dried over the course of a summer season (or two in the case of some species such as Eucalyptus and Oak) before being used to heat homes in the winter. The problem with unseasoned wood (often referred to as ‘wet’ or ’green’ wood) is that the water robs you of the heat you get from the burning – it’s used to heat the water and then turn it into steam. The unburned gases given off then condense in your flue or chimney, attacking it chemically – or worse, building up as creosote and tar until you get a chimney fire. And, if you have a stove, it doesn’t take long for the soot to build up on the glass turning it black.

Some tree species, like poplar, contain up to 65% moisture when freshly cut. Ash, considered one of the best firewood trees found in the UK, generally has around 35% moisture when “green”. Trees tend to contain more moisture if felled in the spring, when the sap is rising, and less in the winter when most species are in dormancy.Firewood with more than 25% moisture should be avoided, we aim to dry our wood down to 20% or less before selling it.

Ironically, if the moisture content gets too low this can actually be a bad thing. If logs are too dry they just burn too quickly and you find yourself having to restock the fire more frequently and running out of wood more quickly!

 

Here is a list of the most common trees/firewoods to be found in the UK and a guide to their suitability to burn at home.

Alder

Poor heat output and short lasting. A low quality firewood.

Apple

It is easier to cut when green but absolutely terrible to burn if not seasoned properly. When seasoned it burns slowly and steadily with little flame but good heat. The scent is also pleasing.

Ash

Arguably the best firewood in the UK providing plenty of heat and flame that lasts (will also burn very well green!) Easy to saw and split.

Beech

Good when well seasoned, it may shoot embers out a long way. Easy to split.

Birch

Good heat and a bright flame, burns quickly. It will burn unseasoned. Can cause gum deposits in chimney if used a lot. Thin sheets of bark make a good fire starter and can be peeled from trees without damaging them.

Blackthorn

Burns slowly, with lots of heat and little smoke.

Cedar

This is an aromatic wood that puts out a lot of lasting of heat but it produces a small flame. Great splitting wood.

Cherry

Burns slowly with good heat and a pleasant scent. Slow to start.

Cypress

Burns well but fast when seasoned, and may spit. Good as kindling.

Douglas Fir

A poor fuel that produces little flame or heat.

Elder

A mediocre fuel that burns quickly without much heat output and tends to have thick acrid smoke.

Elm

High water content (140%) that may smoke violently and should be dried for two years for best results. You may need a faster burning wood to get Elm going but once burning large log will burn for hours. Splitting can be difficult and should be done early on.

Eucalyptus

A fast burning wood with a pleasant smell and no spitting. The stringy wood fibre can be hard to split and one option is to slice it into rings and allow to season and self split.

Hawthorn

Very good. Burns slowly but with good heat .

Hazel

Very good, tends to burn up a bit faster than most other hard woods.

Holly

A good firewood that will burn when green, but best if dried a year. It is fast burning with a bright flame good when well seasoned.

Hornbeam

Burns almost as good as beech with a hot, slow burning fire. It is easy to split.

Horse Chestnut

Widely regarded as a poor firewood but if seasoned long enough will produce good flame and heating power but spits a lot.

Laburnum

Terrible firewood with acrid smoke, best to steer clear of it.

Larch

Fairly good for heat but crackles and spits and forms an oily soot in chimneys.

Laurel

Produces a brilliant flame.

Leyland Cypress (Leylandii)

Burns well with a bright flame but crackles and spits needs to be seasoned well and is another that leaves an oily soot in the chimney. Smells great and its resinous wood makes great kindling. Best used on an outdoor fire.

Lilac

Thinner branches make good kindling, whilst the thicker burn well with a clear flame and a very pleasant smell.

Lime

A poor quality fuel with dull flame.

Maple

A good all rounder.

Oak

Regarded as one of the best in the UK, Oak is excellent, burning slowly with a good heat.

Pear

It is easier to cut when green but no good to burn when green. Pear burns slowly and steadily with little flame but good heat. The scent is also pleasing.

Pine

Burns well with a bright flame but crackles and spits needs to be seasoned well and is another wood that gives off an oily soot in the chimney. Smells great and its resinous wood makes great kindling. Best used on an outdoor fire.

Plane (London Plane)

Burns pleasantly, but is likely to throw sparks.

Plum

Provides good heat with a nice aromatic sent.

Poplar

Widely considered one of the worst firewoods in the UK. It will burn but needs to be seasoned for at least two years. It burns very slowly with little heat which is why poplar is used to make matchsticks.

Rowan

A good firewood that burns hot and slow.

Rhododendron

Burns well with a bright flame.

Robinia (Acacia)

Burns slowly, with good heat, but with acrid smoke.

Spruce

A poor firewood that burns too quickly and with too many sparks.

Sycamore

Burns with a good flame, with moderate heat. Lovely to split when green.

Sweet Chestnut

Burns when seasoned but tends to spit excessively.

Walnut

Mediocre firewood but has an aromatic scent.

Wellingtonia (Giant Sequoia)

Poor for use as a firewood.

Willow

Widely considered as a poor firewood although some consider it contributes if mixed with other species.

Yew

Burns slowly, with fierce heat.


Need some firewood? Contact us today for a delivery.

Arbor Cura Tree Surgery deliver seasoned firewood logs to Albourne, Brighton, Burgess Hill, Ditchling, Hassocks, Haywards Heath, Hove, Hurstpierpoint, Keymer, Peacehaven, Pyecombe, Rottingdean, Saltdean, Sayers Common, Shoreham-by-Sea, Southwick.

We can supply freshly cut logs, perfect for the cultivation of a variety of edible mushrooms. Drop us an email or a call for more information.

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