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Kiln Logs v Air Dried Logs?
Posted: 7th November 2016
So why do kiln dried logs cost more than air dried logs? Well quite simply, kiln dried means that the logs have been stacked into crates and put into a kiln. The kiln then heats the logs to reduce the moisture content. Very often the kilns use large log gasification boilers to heat water to dry the logs. This mean they are in fact burning logs to dry logs. Does this make sense to you? It doesn’t to us, why burn a perfectly good fuel for nothing.
Kiln dried logs are more expensive than air dried logs and because of this people often believe that kiln dried logs are better and are willing to pay more. They have become fashionable.
We believe that dry wood is dry wood. Whether you buy kiln died logs or air dried logs, what actually matters is the moisture content.
At Tayside Forestry, all our logs are air-dried naturally and have a moisture content of less than 20%. This takes longer than kiln drying but is environmentally friendly. If need be we also have a drying floor that channels the excess heat from our biomass boiler as can be used to ensure that your logs will always have a moisture content of below 20%.
When logs are left to season and dry properly they are comparable with any kiln dried logs and will save you money.