How We Produce Firewood Logs
The process of our firewood log production from seedling to fireside, involves nearly quarter of a million pounds worth of equipment, a lot of hard work and a lot of patience.
It really starts with the planting, although the current generation will not see these trees turned into logs in their lifetime. Our present supply of timber consists of mature trees in trouble and wind blown material.
Firstly the trees are cut into 3 metre sections and left out in all weathers in wood stacks for at least 3 years. We then split the larger diameter trees with an attachment on our 8.6 ton digger called a cracker into sections that will go through our 17" diameter processor. These logs then go into a large polytunnel to finish the seasoning/drying process using only the wind and sun that Mother Nature provides. This saves on the pollution from large amounts of timber being burned to operate a kiln in kiln-drying of logs.
This material is then placed onto a hydraulic table which the feeds onto a conveyor that is stopped electronically at the exact position for the large harvester chain saw to cut into sections between 8" and 10" long. They in turn drop down into a chamber and a 15 ton hydraulic ram pushes them through an 8-way axe to produce the final log.
These logs then travel up a conveyor and into a cleaning drum which seperates the good logs from the waste material. They then fall out of the drum into log bags for the final storage stage in our new polytunnel dryng areas.