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Do kiln dried logs burn longer?

Do kiln dried logs burn longer?

Jonathan Hill |

Here's the answer upfront: Yes, kiln-dried logs do indeed burn longer. The main reason for this is the reduced moisture content in kiln-dried logs, which allows them to burn both hotter and longer compared to their green or air-dried counterparts.

However, it's not just about the duration of the burn, but the quality of the burn also matters. To understand this better, let's dive in and explore the world of kiln-dried logs.

The Science Behind It

The prime factor influencing how long a log will burn is its moisture content. The less moisture a log has, the less energy is wasted in evaporating the water, which in turn makes the log burn longer and produce more heat. Kiln-drying, as a process, significantly reduces the moisture content of firewood. In our extensive collection of kiln-dried logs, you can find logs with moisture content as low as 10-20%.

Kiln-Dried vs. Air-Dried: The Burning Debate

When it comes to burning duration, it's not uncommon for the topic of kiln-dried vs. air-dried wood to come up. Although air-drying is a natural and more traditional method, it can take up to two years for the logs to reach a moisture content of around 20-25%. Conversely, kiln-dried wood can achieve a lower moisture content in just a few days, thanks to the controlled environment of the kiln.

Do Kiln Dried Logs Burn Longer?

The Art of Burning Longer

Now that we have established that kiln-dried logs indeed burn longer, you might be wondering if there are any strategies or techniques to extend the burn duration further. The answer is yes.

For instance, the type of wood used significantly influences the burn duration. Among kiln-dried logs, hardwoods like oak and ash are known to burn longer due to their high density. You may refer to our burn duration guide for kiln-dried oak, and kiln-dried ash for more specifics.

The Value Proposition: Kiln-Dried Logs

Now, you might wonder, "Are kiln-dried logs worth the investment?"

While it's true that kiln-dried logs are more expensive than green or air-dried logs, you're not just paying for dry wood. You're investing in a superior quality of burn, less smoke, reduced creosote build-up, and, as we've established, a longer burn duration.

The cost of kiln-dried logs is reflective of the energy and resource investment in the kiln-drying process. But considering the benefits, many homeowners find them to be a good value for money.

The Environmental Perspective

Lastly, our discussion wouldn't be complete without touching upon the environmental impact. By burning hotter and longer, kiln-dried logs are a more efficient heat source, leading to fewer emissions. Check out our discussion on burning kiln-dried wood and its environmental impact for a more detailed look into this.

Wrapping Up

In conclusion, kiln-dried logs do indeed burn longer, and their quality of burn is also superior, making them a smart choice for homeowners. The upfront cost might be higher, but the benefits certainly justify the investment. With this information in hand, you can now make an informed decision about your firewood choice. Happy burning!