Beware of moisture in your logs.
A NEW survey by Woodfuel Wales, part of the Wales Forest Business Partnership, which promotes the use of fuel wood, shows that almost half of the firewood logs sold at shops and garages across Wales have moisture contents which are far too high.
That means their log burners and boilers are working at less than half efficiency, wasting money and potentially causing damage to flue liners and expensive equipment.
Up to 40 per cent of all the logs bought from convenience stores and garage forecourts during the three week survey were too wet to be efficiently burned in a log stove straight away.
Woodfuel Wales is launching a campaign to help make new converts to the use of wood fuel more aware of how important good quality logs are.
Woodfuel Wales' Peter Bottoms said: "Quality DRY wood fuel logs are the perfect fuel, clean, easily handled and completely sustainable, but using logs from a net which has been produced, stored or displayed outdoors in damp conditions will mean that most of the energy produced by the fire is spent on drying out the fuel rather than heating your room or boiler."
"Poor quality fuel could impact on new jobs as local landowners bring their woodland into management to supply this growing market as well as reducing carbon emissions," he added.