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    • CommentAuthorNoodle
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2013
    Hi, this could be wrong section but anyway.

    I'm trying to find wood suppliers for log boiler. I want to get whole trunks delivered- say 10-20T at a time ie: large diam 3+m long? Does anyone know what this is referred to as? And how best to find local suppliers?

    Im planning to cut into lengths and split myself to keep costs down, so not already cut and split loads. Ideally I see a lot of logging around Devon area so know there is very local supply but not who to buy it from!?

    Any other peoples advice/ experience would be great.
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2013
    I've been burning softwood, (mixed species), for the last three years and on my log gas boiler it burns fine. I buy in usually three or four forwarder loads at a time from a forestry contractor I know. I ditched the idea of sawing and splitting myself I've got a hard enough job of work without more bl**y toil. So I get a local firewood supplier who has a large mobile splitter to come and split it, at his convenience. This I find is the most cost effective way to tackle a 24 ton load of logs. He, the firewood guy, usually spends a day of so chainsawing to length while I keep the tea and sandwiches rolling. When he has a huge pile he brings along the splitter and spends another day chucking the stuff in. That just leaves me with the job of hauling and stacking, which for me personally, is work enough. You may be lucky to get a couple of loads of hardwood but softwood burns fine in a fan assisted boiler.
    • CommentAuthorbillt
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2013
    Cord wood.

    You could try asking on the Arbtalk firewood forum, http://arbtalk.co.uk/forum/firewood-forum/.

    It may not be that much cheaper, especially if you value your time!
    • CommentAuthorBeau
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2013 edited
    Ah great minds think alike. Cordwood and Arbtalk.

    Getting smaller loads is not necessarily easy. I have been trying to buy in smaller loads (18 T) and have failed but can get a full arctic load (28 T).

    Not easy cutting and splitting these sorts of amounts without some machinery. Just ordered a mobile firewood processor for doing a bit of work for those that don't fancy doing it all with chainsaw and axe. If you don't fancy doing it all yourself give me a shout as I am also in Devon.
    Bit far for me but I normally sell hardwood cord at £60 per tonne delivered to give you an idea of price.
    • CommentAuthorarnyj
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2013
    Where are You renewablejohn

    I'm in Chester and will eventually need a supply

    • CommentAuthorBeau
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2013
    arnyj and others

    I would make sure you can source wood before committing to burning it. I have managed to source a load but only through a friend who buys in 100 + tons a week for his business. The big supply firms don't want to be messing about with a load here and load there. They look after the big guys first leaving us minnows scratching about for wood. I can only see this problem getting worse as there are so many new woodburner/boiler users. There is wood out there but it is in poor access woodlands that have not been viable in recent times due to cost of extraction.
    These problem may be less in other parts of the country but this is my experience here in Devon.
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2013
    They are cutting down loads of deceased trees down here, closer to you actually. What happens to all of those. Has the timber been bought up to turn into chippings or pellets for industrial burners?
    • CommentAuthorBeau
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2013 edited
    Posted By: SteamyTeaBeau
    They are cutting down loads of deceased trees down here, closer to you actually. What happens to all of those. Has the timber been bought up to turn into chippings or pellets for industrial burners?

    If it's Phytophthora ramorum
    (Sudden Oak Death) which is badly effecting larch in this part of the world I think it has to be dealt with by licensed firms and as you say processed in a way to kill the infection. I am no forester so not certain on the detail's but I can't buy it to burn.
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2013
    I wash my wellies and walking boots, but then I have been involved with farms recently and during the foot and mouth outbreak.
    Not being a fan of any burning, I do hope that it is going to a power station rather than just an incinerator.
    If its ramorum infected then it is transported under licence in sheeted wagons direct to power stations.
    I am based just outside Bolton and normally only deliver local ie less than 25 miles. Plenty of suppliers near you just go on arbtalk and there is a firewood directory. Saying that I am not in the directory as i cannot keep pace with the volume of customers wanting solar kiln dried wood.
    • CommentAuthorPeterW
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2013
    Depends if its classified as waste - get into all sorts of fun with waste transfer licences etc depending on how its been recorded !

    Local sawmill to me has now started a pellet operation from their offcuts and brash - as its run as a separate company thought they have to do all the waste transfer paperwork !

    On the subject of cutting and splitting 28t loads - the cost of the kit to do it yourself properly would be excessive as just handling a 300kg log would be difficult without machinery, then adding the cost of the splitter and the saws plus PPE, its not cheap


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