We deliver New England certified kiln-dried firewood for trouble-free wood fires that light easily and burn brightly. Many industries have situations where 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 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 guides the customer to them. That's their job. Our goal is to provide customers in the Boston and Metro West area kiln-dried firewood that burns well, provides the right amount of wood at a fair price, and some extras we call the fire starter kit.
The firewood industry has a lot of different gray areas and terms used in it to describe firewood. Some terms within the industry 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 open to very wide latitude regarding what is 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
The definition and history kiln dried firewood
Many people are not familiar with kiln-dried firewood and the benefits 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 increases in demand, save space, and produce a consistently high-quality product. Uncoupling the 12-18 month time frame to fully season firewood is a big thing to have the right amount of product at the right time
Wikipedia says, "The process of kiln drying firewood was invented by Anthony Cutara, for which a successful US patent was filed in 1983." A YouTube Video says 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 fully describes kiln-dried wood and its manufacture. Regardless of who came up with the idea, the listing at the patent office has a section that explains the process and the benefits.
Here is what the United States Patent Office describes as the process and its benefits;
"The process for kiln drying firewood provides an efficient manner of manufacturing firewood and avoids 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, they 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 compared to normally seasoned wood and that the wood tends to burn with an even flame across its length, enhancing the fire's appearance 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
Kiln-dried firewood is dried in a heated chamber that looks a lot like any old metal building that is just plain looking; in fact, it is a big oven with vents to let the steam out as the logs dry. Here is a picture of a kiln out in the woods surrounded by firewood logs waiting to be processed for firewood. Right nearby is usually the storage area where the finished dried wood is stored and ready to be shipped. Both high heat and 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. This produces a more consistent product. We do not have to worry about the amount of sun and wind, where the wood has been in the pile, or if it was the wood on the ground.
One of the ways the wood is monitored in the drying process is a probe put in a sample log. This probe can 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 it is too wet, the process starts 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 New England, New York, or Pennsylvania hardwood trees. 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. If you are interested in "Stove" firewood or custom lengths, we also have custom-cut lengths done at our location per order.
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 wood drying process must be completed and done long enough to get the center of the logs to the right moisture content, not just surface drying. We work daily to provide the best quality wood possible, or our customers will see the difference and complain or stop buying from us. That is not how we operate, and certainly, there is 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 flies, 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
We have the equipment to handle wood in bulk. Modern material handling with our large trucking fleet and experienced material handling is how we economically get the kiln-dried wood to our shop in Boston. We have the small equipment and the right attitude to deliver at the customer's location. Our attitude is what sets us apart. The owner and employees are happy to climb stairs, deal with allies, elevators, and long hallways, and stack the wood bundles for you. If stacking is required, there is a fee for the time it takes. We will give you a price for it at the time of order. We have built our business by treating our customers right.
You Select the quantity you want
Firewood suppliers normally work on selling wood by the cord and dumping it where you want it. Then, the customer carries the wood to where they store it in the stacks. We have switched things around to sell only premium kiln-dried firewood in quantities that fit the typical suburban and urban user around Boston who wants to enjoy the ambiance of a fire in the evening or weekend to relax and unwind from the day. Heating the house is usually 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 to be picked up at our yard our; please call first
- Bundles of Firewood
- Pick Truck Loads
- Loose Cords