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How Much Firewood Do I Need for Winter in the UK?

a pile of firewood on a snow covered field

Jonathan Hill |

Section Summary
Introduction Introduces the question of how much firewood is needed for winter in the UK.
The Factors Discusses factors like winter severity, stove efficiency, and wood type.
The Severity of the Winter Notes winters can vary from mild to harsh, impacting wood needs.
The Efficiency of Your Stove Explains more efficient stoves use less wood.
The Type of Wood States some woods burn longer than others.
The Calculation Suggests calculating based on heating days and daily use.
The Solution Recommends Hillside Woodfuels' kiln-dried and charcoal options.
Conclusion Emphasizes quality over quantity for staying warm.


As the autumn leaves start to fall and the temperature begins to drop, the question on every UK homeowner's mind is, "How much firewood do I need for winter?" It's a question as old as time, and the answer is not as straightforward as one might think. It's like trying to predict the British weather - an unpredictable yet exciting endeavour.

In the heart of Swansea, South Wales, we at Hillside Woodfuels, have been providing quality, sustainable, and Ready to Burn approved firewood for years. Our expertise lies in the Ash Hardwood, a type of wood that's as tough as nails and burns as bright as the summer sun.

The Factors

Several factors come into play when determining the amount of firewood you'll need for the winter. These include the severity of the winter, the efficiency of your wood-burning stove or fireplace, and the type of wood you're burning.

The Severity of the Winter

Just as no two snowflakes are alike, no two winters are the same. Some winters are as mild as a lamb, while others roar in like a lion, bringing with them freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall. The colder and longer the winter, the more firewood you'll need to keep your home warm and cosy.

The Efficiency of Your Wood-Burning Stove or Fireplace

The type of wood-burning stove or fireplace you have can significantly impact the amount of firewood you'll need. More efficient models will burn less wood while still providing the same amount of heat. It's essential to care for your fireplace to ensure it's working at its best.

The Type of Wood You're Burning

Not all woods are created equal. Some types of wood, like our Ash Hardwood, burn hotter and longer than others. This means you'll need less of it to keep your home warm.

The Calculation

To calculate the amount of firewood you'll need for the winter, you'll first need to determine how many days you'll be burning wood. In the UK, the heating season typically lasts around 150 days, from October to April.

Next, you'll need to figure out how much wood you burn each day. This can vary widely depending on your specific circumstances, but a good rule of thumb is to plan for around 3-4 cubic metres of wood for the entire heating season.

The Solution

At Hillside Woodfuels, we offer a range of firewood options to suit your needs. Our kiln-dried logs are a popular choice for many UK homeowners. They're dried in a kiln to reduce their moisture content, making them burn hotter and longer than regular logs.

For those looking for a more sustainable option, our restaurant-grade lumpwood charcoal is a fantastic choice. It's made from responsibly sourced wood and burns cleanly and efficiently.

We also offer a range of accessories to help you get the most out of your firewood, including natural wood wool firelighters and various sizes of restaurant-grade lumpwood charcoal bags (also available in medium and large sizes).

The Conclusion

So, how much firewood do you need for winter in the UK? The answer is, it depends. But with a little planning and the right firewood, you can ensure you're well-prepared for whatever the British winter throws your way.

Remember, the key to a warm and cosy winter is not just the quantity of firewood but the quality. And at Hillside Woodfuels, quality is our middle name.

Stay warm, stay cosy, and let's welcome winter with open arms and a roaring fire.