Where to buy wood and Where to buy coal?

So, you are feeling the cold, have a need to turn up the heat, but… Gas is costing too much – ūüė¶ seems to be a common story these days…

Don’t you think it’s ironic, that people of the UK are paying ‘through-the-nose’ prices, just to stay warm. The fact that stoves are making a real come-back is of little surprise and as such, I have been getting a lot of questions on where to buy wood and where to buy coal for stoves and fireplaces?

Actually, there are many places in the UK to buy timber for burning and coal too, although as you could probably imagine; with the influx of sales for stoves, the need for this kind of fuel has risen dramatically and to add to this, it is Autumn / Winter now and that also creates a need for the existing stove owners (not good).

As a word of advice; don’t go to the wood to get your wood – to my knowledge; this is illegal!

With this point in-mind, you can get pallet wood from a waste dumping site, normally for free – my mate is an Electrician and is always going to the local Dump – he often gets pallet wood for his stove…

Pallet wood is not really the best or most efficient form of wood for stoves as it burns quickly. My friend basically uses this wood and a bit of paper to get the fire roaring and then piles on the coal – the coal then stays burning for hours, but you do need the roaring fire to get it started, so therefore pallet wood does have its use and as it can be obtained free of charge, its a really good idea to say the least!

List of places of where to buy wood and where to buy coal

  1. The Internet – do a Google search
  2. Yellow Pages – go to yell.com
  3. Classified Ads – try Craigslist / Gumtree / Plus others
  4. Timber merchants
  5. Coal merchants
  6. Friends and family – ask around

It is extremely unfortunate (in my opinion) that many of the coal mines were shut and now there is a need for it… Laughable really… Not!

I hope this list helps..


Published in: on October 3, 2008 at 1:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Sparks, wood for fireplaces and tree types!

New Forest Timber

Trees, trees, glorious trees!




Which tree is best for burning eh? Beech, Oak, Ash..  Pine, Yew, Fir..




Hard wood is probably the best!

Soft wood such as; Pine or Fir¬†tends to¬†burn quickly and if still wet, can cause sparks –¬†this being particularly¬†dangerous,¬†for those houses with thatched roofs!

In reality, timber should be seasoned too, if it is to be used for burning in a wood stove / fireplace, although, seasoning the wood can be a resonably time-consuming process, as the wood needs to be properly dried before burning..


The drying game ūüėČ


The most common method for acheiving this, is for example;¬†given the timber was felled and cut-to-size¬†in the previous winter or¬†the present spring, then the wood, would¬†need to be sun-dried ’til the autumn!

It is usual that the wood is taken into¬†one’s house, a few weeks prior to burning, thus taking the drying process to the final level and therefore making it dry enough and safe enough, for your stove!

Bringing the wood into the house a few weeks before burning, means that the excess moisture, evaporates due to the wood being in a warm house Рthis process will help limit the sparks given off when burning it!


Flames,Fred Flame from By The Firesideflames Fred Flame from By The Firesideand.. More Flames! Fred Flame from By The FiresideFred Flame from By The FiresideFred Flame from By The Fireside


It is actually quite interesting how different types of wood, this being either soft wood or hard wood, can affect the look of a flame! For example; Soft wood such as, Pine or Fir, can produce a high wavey flame, whereas hard woods such as, Oak or Ash, more commonly display a lower-type flame!




What wood / timber is best for burning, in stoves / fireplaces?


Well.. That ole chestnut ūüėČ


A matter of choice really.. As with most things in life!

I prefer hard wood, as it tends to burn for longer – I don’t mind the low flames and my use is for heating my home!


High flames typically found when burning soft woods such as;¬†Pine,¬†could be required for some¬†applications, although it doesn’t¬†generally¬†burn for as long as hardwood, so for my¬†specific use, well..


There is only one choice!


Until the next time.. ūüėČ

Published in: on May 26, 2008 at 12:58 pm  Comments (1)  
Tags: , , , , , ,