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Tis for the seasoned logs to be jolly, fa la la la la….

Types of christmas tree to look out for this year.

The Noble Fir comes from the Pacific Northwest and it’s known for its full, rounded silhouette. Its thick silvery-green branches stick straight out of the trunk, which helps for creating quite a symmetrical silhouette. The branches are curved upwards and also strong enough to hold even the heaviest Christmas ornaments!

If you’re looking for that special Christmas smell, the Northeastern Balsam Fir is the perfect choice! Its scent is so strong that it can fill the room for days. It is rather short and flat, with characteristic thin needles that slop upwards towards the top. It also sheds very little, which makes it a great choice for those who like to keep the house neat and clean during the holiday season!

The Douglas Fir is one of the most popular Christmas trees because of its incredibly thick, dark-green silhouette. It has a traditional “pyramidal” shape with a thick base and a thinner top. In addition, when crushed, its needles release a strong, pleasant fragrance. The Douglas Fir is traditionally lighter than most of the other types of Christmas trees, which also makes it easier to transport and put in a stand.

Fraser Fir is very similar to the Balsam Fir but what distinguishes it is the pair of silvery stripers on the underside of each needle. It is also one of the most fragrant types of Christmas tree you can find on the market. It can be found mostly in the mountains in the South, and its characteristic features are its sturdy, upturned branches, which are perfect for ornaments. It also sheds slower and tends to retain its needles more than other types of Christmas trees.

The Scotch Pine prides itself in its almost perfect conical shape and its long, flexible needles. Its color ranges greatly from bright green to blue, which makes it one of the most popular cut tree of the holidays. It has a characteristic “fluffy” look and it’s grown mainly in the Eastern states. The Scotch Pines have firm branches and quite dense foliage. The best ornaments for them are big and bold, so they don’t get lost in the thickness of the tree.

Can’t dry, Won’t Dry.

Ever had logs lying around for what seems like ages “drying out” then you put them on the fire only for them to burn low and give off what seems like little heat?  you want some kiln-dried stuff.

Kiln drying firewood is the process of drying woods by using heat. This can come from electricity or gas (directly) or from indirect heat, such as steam. During the procedure, the temperature has to be carefully controlled for an effective drying.

Kiln drying woods are a great solution for the limitations presented by the unpredictable weather conditions. This technique is used for almost all of the commercial timber. What makes the kiln drying so effective is that it allows fine control over the final moisture content and it’s not affected by the weather conditions which affect logs in belfast.

Kiln drying significantly accelerates the drying of woods by placing the logs into a special room with controlled temperature and humidity levels. Compared to natural air-drying of woods, which can take up to a month, kiln drying process is usually finished within a day!

Depending on the quantity of the wood, different methods are utilized. Large-scale kiln drying, for example, usually involves solar and conventional kiln drying, as opposed to air drying.

Trees in forest ready for cuttingThe benefits of the kiln dried woods are that they are clean burning and leave very little chimney residue, as compared to unseasoned or semi-seasoned wood. They also produce higher heat output, which justifies their higher price. The kiln dried woods are high-quality product which can make your investment pay off after a certain period of time. According to specialists, kiln dried woods are the best fuel money can buy – because of their low moisture content, they tend to reach high temperatures much faster than ordinary firewood. They also last up to three times longer than unseasoned logs.

Kiln dried woods also come in neat packages and are easily transported from your log space to your fireplace. They’re pretty much universal and can be used in virtually any type of fire – including open fire, stoves, wood burners or cookers. If you’re looking for a high-quality effective wood fuel, kiln dried woods are definitely worth the money.

Most companies that sell kiln dried logs, offer wood with around 20%-15% moisture content, which is approximately the best you can expect. It is very difficult to attain a level of less than 18% in almost every location. Their price is highly variable but you can get around 20 nets of premium kiln dried logs (20% moisture content) for around £200 dollars plus delivery.

More info on our area in ireland from wiki


A nice youtube clip of the area.  Love the scenery

Sustainable forestry – we all need logs for fuel, lets do it in a sustainable way.

We know that trees are vital for life on Earth – they are the main producer of oxygen, and they’re crucial for the existence of clean water, fuel and food. The increasing number of people worldwide means increasing needs for wooden resources. One way to achieve that without impacting greatly on the environment is the sustainable forestry.

Sustainable forestry involves the careful management of the forest system. This means that once a tree is felled, it is replaced with seedlings that later mature into trees. The sustainable forest management takes into account the safety of wildlife and aims to preserve the natural environment. The main idea behind the practice is to use the felled trees for production of wooden material, and they replace them, so the wooden resource remain constant.

Typically, a sustainable forest consists of trees of various ages and species. Once the trees are mature enough, they’re felled and processed at saw mills. These trees are later replaced with seedlings, which produce new trees, and thus the forest is constantly renewed.

Apart from constant production of quality tree material, sustainable forests are also considered as places for leisure as they add to the look of the natural environment. However, their survival is linked to the profit that comes from the trees. Local people are often employed in the managing and maintaining of the sustainable forests, as well as in tourism-related activities.

The typical lifecycle of a sustainable forest lasts around 30 years. If we consider the first year as the year when the new seedlings are transplanted in the sustainable forest, approximately 4 years later the trees would already have grown. The new trees are thinned out every 5 years, which is beneficial for the growth of all the other trees in the forest system. It takes approximately 25 years for the trees to mature enough – they are usually felled 25 to 30 years after they’ve been brought to the forest.

Sustainable forestry is an environmentally-friendly process and also bears numerous social advantages – including increase in tourism and in production of wood resources. Because the trees in different regions vary greatly, different types of sustainable forest management have emerged to meet the unique needs of each forest. Several requirements for the development of sustainable forestry have been set, and the largest forest certification system, PEFC, has adopted a special bottom-up approach to make sure that all sustainable forests are fully certified.

Tree felling and log production