Kiln-Dried Firewood



firewood logs small DSC 0188Logs prior to cutting specifically selected cutting to be firewoodWe deliver New England certified kiln-dried firewood for trouble-free wood fires that light easily and burn brightly. Many industries have situations were vendors alter, mix or dilute the product from what they represent. We do not do that and we certify that. Doing this does not fit with our definition of service and is certainly not customer-centric. No self-respecting "firewood concierge" would do that. A firewood concierge is like any good concierge one who knows where the good products and services are and guide the customer to them. That's their job.

The firewood industry has a lot of different gray areas and terms used in it to describe firewood. There are a number of terms within the industry that revolve around two issues regarding purchasing firewood. Moisture content and measurement. These two are the big gray areas in the communications between customers and suppliers of firewood. Things like semi-seasoned wood and a truckload of firewood are concepts that are open to very wide latitude regarding what is actually being supplied to the customer. A well defined consistent product is what we sell. Kiln dried firewood with consistent optimum moisture content for burning and a fair measure of firewood delivered and stacked for you.

Kiln dried Firewood

This company in England states that they pioneered the concept of kiln dried firewoodThe concept of producing and selling kiln dried firewood is a relatively recent idea. Cutting and stacking firewood well in advance of burning was the only way to get good burning wood all the way back to the caveman days as they learned to use firewood for heating and cooking. 

The definition and history kiln dried firewood

We find that a number of people are not familiar with kiln dried firewood and what the benefits are of using kiln dried wood compared to less expensive "Seasoned wood". In the early eighties, the concept started to be developed so that suppliers could adapt to demand and also save space. 

Wikipedia says that "The process of kiln drying firewood was invented by Anthony Cutara, for which a successful US patent was filed in 1983."  A YouTube Video say that it may be started over in England. Certainly Wood in England states in this video that they are the pioneers in developing kiln dried wood. We have included the video here because it shows a pretty full description of kiln-dried wood and how it is made. Regardless of who came up with the idea the listing at the patent office has a section that is a good explanation of the process and what the benefits are.

Here is what the United States patent says;

"The process for kiln drying firewood provides an efficient manner of manufacturing firewood in avoiding the one to two years of the normal time required in seasoning firewood. Now varying demands in the marketplace may be met, since green firewood as cut from a woodlot may be immediately processed and shipped within four or five days for use as firewood. Because the firewood logs do not lie around in the field, they do not become overly dirty since they can be cleaned before the splitting operation and once bagged, do not usually come in contact with dirt. Due to the wood being kiln dried, fungus and insects in the wood are immediately killed. It has also been found that there is a greater heat output from the wood as compared to normally seasoned wood and that the wood tends to burn with an even flame across its length thereby enhancing the appearance of the fire within the fireplace. It has also been found that less creosote is present in the wood thereby reducing the hazard of chimney fires."

What a Firewood Kiln Looks Like

firewood kiln small DSC 0174A Firewood Kiln with Wood Waiting to be LoadedKiln Dried Firewood is dried in a heated chamber that looks a lot like any old metal building that is just plain looking. In fact what they are oversized ovens that sit out in the woods surrounded by firewood logs waiting to be processed for firewood. Right nearby is usually the storage area for the finished dried wood is stored and ready to be shipped. Both high heat and the use of circulating air around the is used to remove water from the firewood so that it is premium wood that lights easily and burns well. These kilns have been adapted from lumber drying kilns to specifically dry firewood in very short periods of time. This produces a more consistent product. We do not have to worry about the amount of sun and wind and where the wood has been in the pile or if it was the wood on the ground.

temperature sensorTemperature Sensor embedded in a logOne of the ways the wood is monitored in the drying process is a probe is put in a sample log. This probe is able to communicate with the control station to send updated information regarding the temperature in the middle of the piece of wood. Otherwise, the wood drying process would have to rely solely on experience or trial and error. Or the wood would have to be tested after it was done and cooled off. Then if too wet the process started all over again wasting time and a lot of energy. This combined with 24/7 monitoring of the temperatures and air circulation in the kiln maximizes the cycle time of each batch along with producing a reliable quality good firewood product for our customers.

Our Kiln dried firewood is all from hardwood trees from northern New England. A delivery of wood to you can also contain Sugar Maple, Red Maple, Birch, or Beech. Our wood is kept clean and split into various thicknesses for convenient burning. The length is held to about 16” which is a standard size. We store our stock of firewood protected from rain and snow so that it is delivered to you as dry as possible and ready to burn.

Northern New England Hardwood

We drive throughout Northern New England woods looking and researching to find and get the best quality hardwoods for you. The work is to find wood that is consistently a good grade. Then the process of drying the wood needs to be complete and done long enough to get the center of the logs, not just surface drying. We need to provide the best quality wood possible or our customers see the difference and will complain or stop buying from us. That is not at all how we operate and certainly no way to build a business. Please check our exclusive firewood guarantee that we believe no one else offers. No fighting with mud season, black fly, getting tangled in the underbrush, loud chainsaws, bad back sprains, waiting for the wood to season. Call us and we do all the work for you. The only thing we have not done so far is light the fire for our customers.

What makes us different?

We Baby our Firewood

kiln dried firewood in bins indoors small DSC 1380Kiln Dried Firewood in Bins Stored IndoorsThe indoor storage is shown in the picture to the left. We are not a landscaper with a woodlot stacked with logs on the ground or tree service that cuts up tree stumps to avoid disposal costs. Other firewood suppliers that do seasoned firewood, inventory and quality is always an issue. Often they run out of properly dried wood and then often you will hear them selling partially seasoned firewood or "Semi Seasoned" firewood. For these suppliers, a new term is invented to fill in the inventory gap and still sell some firewood. The good thing is they at least tell you the wood is not fully dry. Time and inventory are not easily adjusted since it can take 12 to 18 months to season firewood to our moisture content. When we need more firewood we go get it by the tractor trailer load.

We have the equipment to handle wood in bulk. Modern material handling with our large trucking fleet, experienced material handling is how we economically get the kiln dried wood to our shop here to the Boston area. At the customer's location, we have the small equipment and right attitude. Our attitude is what sets us apart. The owner and help are happy to climb stairs, deal with allies, elevators, long hallways and stacking the wood bundles for you if something other than first-floor delivery is needed please let us know so we have the help that is needed. We have built our business by treating our customer’s right. We deliver and stack your firewood where you need or want it.

You Select the quantity you want

Firewoodbabies with text smallWe Treat Our Firewood Like Babies being Coddled by the FireFirewood suppliers normally work on a business model of selling wood by the cord and dumping it where you want it. Then the customer carries the wood to the location they store it in the stacks it themselves. We have switched things around so that we sell a premium kiln dried firewood in quantities that fit the typical suburban and urban user around Boston that want to enjoy the ambiance of a fire in the evening or weekend to relax and unwind from the day. Heating the house is not the reason for getting the wood. So smaller quantities and full-service delivery and stacking is the way we work. We deliver firewood to you in the following sizes:

Smaller quantities of wood are available picked up at our yard in our yard please call first

Call us for kiln dried firewood delivered and stacked for you 1-781-254-2773 or for a immediate free quote we have our firewood request page