Responsibly Sourced Wood Promotes Woodland Growth, according to the Forestry Commission and Stove Alliance.
Harvesting logs for wood burning stoves can be beneficial to the health and well-being of our woodlands, rather than endangering them. Most logs are obtained as a natural by-product of the thinning process. This is essential to the conservation of the woodland, as it ensures there is sufficient light and space for the remaining trees to thrive.
Woodland is being increasingly recognised as a valuable resource for sustainable fuel. It is recognised that in a sustainably managed woodland felled trees are replaced and replanted, thereby preserving the woodland for future use.
Once harvested, it is important that logs are thoroughly dried before being used. Freshly cut wood consists of between 65% and 90% water, so burning it before drying is like trying to burn water. It is best to burn logs that have a water content of less than 20%. It takes at least a year for logs to dry naturally. Kiln dried logs or wood briquettes can be bought for immediate use.
Burning dry wood in a modern clean burning stove produces more heat and fewer emissions. Interestingly, leaving fallen branches to decay on the woodland floor produces more CO2 than when dry wood is burnt in a clean burning wood stove.