Oak provides a longer burn that has more heat output. We have introduced kiln dried ash/oak logs for customers who use their stoves intensively throughout the day.
Oak burns extremely hot and offers a longer burn than any of the hardwood species. This makes it an ideal wood for an experienced user or someone who uses their stove intensively and burns through logs fairly quickly.
You will find that one of our crates of ash-oak will last a lot longer than a crate of ash logs, which off-sets the extra expense. Oak logs weigh a lot more than ash or birch, even when they are dried down, and their high-density provides much better value.
Make sure you use smaller pieces when building your fire with oak logs and ensure your stove is burning well when you introduce medium to larger pieces. Although oak takes a longer time to light and burn with a small flame, it produces more heat once it is established, lasts longer and needs much less tending.
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Tips for Burning Oak and Ash Logs
Here is some advice for burning oak and ash logs in your stove or another wood-burning appliance.
The main thing to remember is that oak and ash are very dense species (with oak being denser than ash). This means the logs contain a lot of wood fibres, which is why they burn for longer than softer hardwoods, like birch, and every variety of softwood.
Because the logs are so dense, you will need to put a good deal more thought into building and lighting your fires (although this is less of an issue with logs that are as dry as ours).
If you build the fire with very large, chunky logs, it is likely they will not catch fire easily. So we recommend that you use firelighters, kindling and smaller pieces of logs to build your fire up before you start placing larger logs into your stove or burner. Always have your fire burning for a period of 5 to 10 minutes before you even consider picking up a larger log (in diameter, that is, as our kiln dried logs are 25cm exactly, although their width varies).
The bigger pieces are excellent once you have established the fire, especially if you want to create a long-lasting fire that needs the minimum of tending. Each one of the logs produces over approx 4kw per hour and should burn for an hour or more. Always let the logs burn down to glowing embers before placing another one on the fire, and you should never have more than two logs in your stove at a time.
If you follow these tips, burning oak and ash logs in your stove or log burner will be a joy. Ultimately, it is the moisture content of the logs that dictate how easily they light and the heat that is produced.