Frequently Asked Questions
- What sort of wood is your firewood? Because all of our wood is sourced locally our firewood is comprised of local species; Red Gum, Red Ironbark, Grey Ironbark, Spotted Gum, Swamp mahogany, She Oak, Grey Box, Blue Gum.
- Where do you source your wood from? All our wood is sourced from local species of trees that have been cut down by tree contractors mostly from urban environments when the trees have been causing issues for infrastructure or safety concerns. All trees that we obtain in log form have been approved for removal by local government.
- Do you deliver? We deliver only in 6cubic metre loads and it is tipped out of the tipper into a pile at you location. For all smaller quantities, pickup is available.
- Is your firewood dry? Yes, all our firewood has been aged for a minimum of 2 years, with most logs being aged much longer. It is worth mentioning that the term dry wood is referring to the Moisture content of the firewood and is not referring to if the wood has been stored in a shed out of the rain, as this has no effect on the internal moisture content of the wood.
- How do you sell your firewood? We sell our firewood in crates measuring 1.2mx1.2mx0.8m and also by the truckload which is approximately 6 cubic metres.
How can you tell if firewood is dry enough to burn? Water is present in all living trees as sap. Depending on the species there can be more water in wood by weight than there is wood fibre. Moisture content in wood is expressed as the percentage of water by weight compared to the weight of oven dried wood. If the weight of water in a piece of wood is the same as the oven dried weight of the wood then the moisture content is 100%. For wood to burn well it needs to be less than 25%, preferably between 12% and 20%. Except in very dry climates 12% is as low as wood moisture content will get.
The best way to tell if wood is dry enough to burn is to test it with an electrical resistance moisture meter. We have one of these. Otherwise you can usually pick green wood by its weight, it will feel comparatively heavy. Or you can split a piece in half and see if the middle is a lot darker than the outside. The surface of freshly split wood will also feel cool to the touch if it is green due to the water evaporating. As a rough rule of thumb it will take about 6-12 months for green wood to get below 25% if it has been cross-cut into 300 mm rounds (this depends on the diameter of the log and the initial moisture content).
- Is burning firewood bad for the environment? A study of the greenhouse gas emissions of firewood was carried out by the CSIRO in 2003 for the Australian Greenhouse Office. The report from this study Life Cycle Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Domestic Woodheating shows that firewood can release less carbon dioxide than all other sources of heat energy. In 2011 this study was updated to include the non-CO2 greenhouse gases, methane and carbon monoxide. This updated study found that the inclusion of these gases made little difference to the original findings. As stated in the 2011 report “What is the difference between emissions due to firewood collection for home heating and those which would have occurred anyway if the wood was left in the field to decompose or be burnt?" In fact firewood from plantations is greenhouse positive due to the carbon that is sequestered in the tree's root mass. In other words the tree absorbs more atmospheric carbon dioxide than is released when the wood from the tree's trunk is burnt. The reason that sustainable firewood is so good for the environment is that all of the carbon that is released during combustion is reabsorbed by trees as they grow. The only increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide comes from the fossil fuels used to process and transport the wood. It is worth noting that even "green" alternative energy generators such as wind farms, hydro stations and solar collectors create a lot of carbon pollution during manufacture and construction.
- Do you sell by Weight or Volume? We sell our firewood by volume as this eliminates the need for costly measuring equipment and annual calibration.
How do I store my firewood? If possible store wood in a well ventilated, covered location, such as an open sided shed. It is best to store wood
off the ground, on a pallet, bricks or plastic to prevent
moisture from being drawn up into the wood. This will
keep the wood clean and also reduce the number of
insects and spiders. Firewood should never be stacked
against a house as it may provide a bridge for termites. In
bushfire prone areas wood should be stacked well away
from the house. If the top of the stack has become wet
from recent rain, wood should be taken from lower in the
stack. Wood wet by rain will dry again within a few days.