A great deal of firewood sold in the UK is packaged in dumpy bags, or as cords of firewood, or comes to you loosely thrown into the back of a pickup truck. How do you know exactly how much firewood you’re getting? The simple answer is you don’t know what volume of firewood you’re buying. Here are several reasons why:
- You Get 40 Percent Wood in a Pickup Truck – Any loosely thrown together jumble of split firewood, like what you find in a pickup truck box, is full of air gaps. Take that same mess of firewood and restack it into a neat pile, with all of the splits of firewood facing the same direction (like our crates of birch firewood are stacked), and you get a significantly smaller bundle of wood. In other words, neatly stacked firewood takes up less space, so you get more wood for your money. Mathematically, when all of the air gaps are considered in a loosely stacked jumble of firewood, only approximately 40 percent of that space is taken up by solid wood and you’re paying for 60 percent air!
- Firewood Cord is 60 Percent Wood – That neatly restacked cord of firewood still has air gaps, but the splits of firewood are put together as close as possible, thereby reducing air gaps to a minimum. Even so, the amount of solid wood in a neatly stacked crate of firewood equals approximately 60 percent.
- Inaccuracy of a Dumpy Bag – Dumpy bags, also called builder’s or bulk bags, are often used in the UK to hold firewood for sale. The original intent of a dumpy bag is to hold a tonne of sand or gravel for concrete construction purposes. So, you might be under the assumption that a firewood-filled dumpy bag gives you a tonne of wood, but you’re wrong. Wood isn’t as dense as sand or gravel. You actually receive about 0.7 cubic metres of wood when you buy a dumpy bag of firewood.
- Heat output - Tonne of hardwood heat logs is equivalent to 3,5 to 4 cubic meters of logs and heat logs are always dry, moisture content is below 9%. When you work out the £ for heating output it’s the best deal available.
The bottom line is that you get significantly more wood heat with Lekto hardwood heat logs for your hard-earned money than with pickup truck loads, firewood cords, or dumpy bags of firewood sold elsewhere.