Photo courtesy of Joyce Holland-Gladwish
Morghew Park includes about 200 acres of woodland, much of which had become derelict even before the Great Storm of 1987. Restoring and coppicing the woodland offers our customers a sustainable source of firewood logs for woodburners, open fireplaces and open-air fire pits and fire bowls.
Customers can either have firewood delivered or they can collect smaller quantities from the Estate’s honesty stall.
Customers must appreciate and understand that any and all firewood logs, irrespective of the variety of wood and its moisture level, can and do spit when they are burnt. It is therefore vital that firewood logs are burnt in an enclosed woodburner or behind a well-fitting fireguard.
'This wood is not suitable for burning until it has been dried. You should not burn wood until it has a moisture content of 20% or less.
Wet wood contains moisture which creates smoke and harmful particulates when burnt. As well as being harmful to your health and environment, this can damage your stove and chimney and is an inefficient way to heat your home. Dry it in a sunny, well-aired space for at least two years, keeping rain off in the winter.
Radial cracks and bark that comes off easily suggests wood that is ready for burning. Test the wood when you think it is ready for burning, ideally with a moisture meter. First calibrate the meter and then measure a freshly split surface to get the best reading' (DEFRA, 2021).