Chester High Road, Neston, CH64 3RY


Increasing energy prices, concerns about depletion of finite resources and possible climate change have brought about renewed interest in wood burning as a source of heating.

Modern wood burning stoves are considerably more efficient than their predecessors. Some (but not all) come with a certificate which allows them to be used in smokeless zones!

When choosing a stove it is critical to decide on a unit which is suitable for the area to be heated. Where there is a chimney central to the house, there is less need for a water jacket on the stove and a set of radiators but a stove making a contribution to a central heating / hot water system, will insure against power failures.

Like their continental counterparts British “Wood burning enthusiasts” need to receive deliveries or place firm orders for their winter supply as early as possible to ensure continuity. As one of my customers with adequate storage facilities you could take delivery of non seasoned timber 9 to 12 months before you intend to burn it and take advantage of out of seasoned prices. Ideally, storage facilities would have several cubic metre compartments which would keep different batches separate. Facilities should be in a position where the stored logs take full advantage of sunlight and wind and have a roof to shed rainfall and a floor to protect from rising damp.

Alternatively they can pay for non seasoned logs 9 to 12 months before the delivery date. I will store them in ventilated cubic metre dumpy bags and deliver them on a pre-arranged date. Otherwise its pay for seasoned logs as and when you need them.

Dense hardwoods like Oak, Ash, Beech etc burn the slowest and produce the most heat per unit. Whereas the soft woods like pine and conifer and indeed what should be described as less dense hardwoods like lime, poplar,willow and horse chestnut have considerably less potential. The drier that seasoned logs are, the less the need for kindling.

Non-seasoned logs would typically have a moisture content of 50%. Ideally Logs should be as close to 20% moisture as possible to maximise the quality of the burn and minimise tar deposits in the chimney/flue.

Geoff Nicholls.




Seasoned Firewood Logs

Ashfield Farm, Neston, Cheshire. CH64-3RY.

0151-336-8788. 07946 764 497.

Price list January 2013. (May be subject to change).

Log prices per cubic metre delivered locally.

Minimum delivery 1 mile radius 50. 1 to 10 mile journey 80. 10 to 20 mile journey 160

Average moisture content Dense hardwoods Hardwood/ softwood 50/50 mix . Softwoods including low density deciduous.
40 to 50% approx (Freshly felled) 80 65 50
25 to 40% approx 90


20 to 25% approx 100 85 70
Below 20% (the equivalent of kiln dried) 110 100 80
Specified species POA. FSC timber when requested and if available POA. Delivery outside 5 mile radius POA.

Discounts. Delivery of multiple and possibly, where required, separate cubic metres - 2 cubic metre delivery, any combination of seasoning or species kept separate on the delivery vehicle if required, less 5 %. 3 cubic metre delivery, any combination of seasoning or species kept separate on the delivery vehicle if required (2 + 1), less 10%.

Discount for collection 10 per cubic metre.

Deposit on retained ventilated dumpy bags 10.

No member of the household earning more than minimum wage or state pension less 10 per cubic metre initial discount.

Quality control rejects , mixed species containing decay and/or woodworm/nails. Variable state of seasoning, minimum delivery 2 cubic metres for 100 total (no further discounts).

Small sacks of seasoned logs can be collected from the farm, mixed hard/softwood 4-50, 5 for 20, also available, kindling 3 per net. So that customers with limited storage space can take advantage of the lower priced non-seasoned logs it will be possible to store their supply here at Ashfield! Stored in cubic metre, ventilated dumpy bags, they would be sheeted up to protect from rainfall. Ideally these dumpy bags would be stored in batches, designated for delivery in a stated month! Please enquire..

Ashfield classification of species. Dense hardwoods include – Alder, Apple, Ash, Beech, Elm, Eucalyptus, Hawthorn, Holly, Hornbeam, Maple, Oak, Sweet Chestnut, Sycamore etc. Softwoods include – Conifers, Horse Chestnut, Lime, Pine, Poplars, Willow.


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