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The Benefits of Using Kiln-Dried Wood for Your Wood-Burning Boiler

The Benefits of Using Kiln-Dried Wood for Your Wood-Burning Boiler

Rhodri Evans |


Have you ever wondered why some types of wood burn better than others in your wood-burning boiler? The secret lies in the moisture content of the wood. More specifically, kiln-dried wood. This is a particular type of wood that has undergone a special drying process to ensure that it performs optimally in your boiler. The result? A more efficient, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective heating solution. Intrigued? Let's dive deeper into the world of kiln-dried wood and discover the benefits it provides for your wood-burning boiler.

Understanding Kiln-Dried Wood

You see, wood is a natural material, and like all natural materials, it contains a certain amount of moisture. The amount can vary significantly depending on the type of wood and its environment. But when it comes to burning wood, less moisture is certainly more.

This is where kiln-dried wood comes into the picture. It goes through a process where it is placed in a large oven or kiln and subjected to heat for a certain period. This process effectively removes the majority of the moisture from the wood, bringing the content down to an ideal 10-20%. This optimal moisture content ensures that the wood burns better in your wood-burning boiler.

The types of wood that are commonly kiln-dried include oak, ash, and birch, all of which are excellent choices for your wood-burning boiler. You can find these on our kiln-dried wood collection.

Improved Efficiency

The reduced moisture content in kiln-dried wood leads to a cleaner and hotter burn, improving the overall efficiency of your wood-burning boiler. Wet or green wood, on the other hand, spends a lot of its energy evaporating the water within rather than producing heat, which is hardly efficient, is it?

Kiln-dried wood, with its lower moisture content, generates a higher heat output and burns for a longer time compared to other types of wood. This means that you'll use less wood to heat your home, and who wouldn't want that?

Environmental Benefits

Switching to kiln-dried wood also gives a nod to Mother Earth. It produces fewer emissions and less smoke compared to wet wood, contributing to cleaner air around your home. Plus, it reduces the risk of chimney fires, which are often caused by the build-up of creosote from burning wet or green wood.

By choosing kiln-dried wood, you are also supporting sustainable forestry practices. The wood we offer comes from responsibly managed forests, ensuring that our green spaces are conserved for future generations.

Reduced Maintenance

Using kiln-dried wood doesn't just benefit the environment; it can also make your life easier. The reduced moisture content leads to less creosote and soot build-up in your chimney, reducing the need for frequent cleaning and maintenance. But remember, even with kiln-dried wood, regular cleaning and maintenance are still essential to keep your boiler in top shape.


You might be thinking, "All this sounds great, but won't it cost me more?" Not necessarily. While kiln-dried wood may be slightly more expensive upfront, it burns more efficiently, meaning you use less of it. This results in reduced fuel consumption and, therefore, cost savings in the long run. Plus, the potential savings in terms of reduced chimney maintenance and a longer lifespan for your boiler make kiln-dried wood a cost-effective choice.

Choosing Kiln-Dried Wood

When choosing kiln-dried wood for your wood-burning boiler, it's essential to source it from reputable suppliers who properly kiln-dry their wood. This ensures you get the best quality wood that will give you the maximum benefits. Luckily, you can find a wide variety of high-quality kiln-dried wood right here on our site.

Proper Storage and Handling

Once you've got your kiln-dried wood, you need to store and handle it correctly to maintain its low moisture content. Store it in a dry, well-ventilated area, away from direct exposure to rain or snow. You can use covers or storage containers to protect the wood from moisture, but make sure there's enough ventilation to prevent condensation.

Safety Precactions

As with any heating method, safety is paramount when using kiln-dried wood in your wood-burning boiler. Ensure your boiler is properly installed and maintained, and always follow safety guidelines. This includes using appropriate firewood storage and maintaining clearances around the boiler to prevent fire hazards.


And there you have it! Kiln-dried wood offers numerous benefits for your wood-burning boiler, from improved efficiency and reduced environmental impact to cost savings and less maintenance. So why not consider switching to kiln-dried wood for your heating needs? Remember, good heat starts with good wood, and kiln-dried wood is as good as it gets.