FOREST TO FIRE...
how we produce our logs
Nick buys trees that have been felled and stacked "ride-side", which means stacked by the track.
Here Nick is looking over one of his stacks.
Next, Nick takes the tracker and timber trailer into the woods and using the timber crane transplants some of the wood from the stack to the trailer and brings it back to the yard.
The loaded trailer back at the yard.
If the wood is of big diameter, like the one pictured below, Nick will split it before transferring to the stack in the yard. He does this to make the wood small enough to fit in the log processor.
He uses a cone splitter.
The video shows Nick splitting a length of wood with the cone splitter.
Picture shows Nick standing next to some of the big wood that needs splitting.
And here is the wood stacked in a double row at the back of the yard.
A great place for it, the stack runs east to west so gets the sun on the the ends of the front row of logs and the wind can blow through the stacks from the yard into the field beyond.
Nick can get approximately 350m stacked in the yard at any one time.
You contact us.
Suze takes all your order information and books you in.
You receive your Order Confirmation.
Your order details are put on Nick's weekly cutting list.
When it's time to start cutting the wood into logs, Nick transfers some of the wood from the stack onto the log processor table using the timber crane.
A video of Nick transferring the wood.
In this video, you can see how the wood is transferred from the table through the machine where it is cut to length and then split, before travelling up the conveyor to the box, ready for storing until delivery.
Nick alters the guide stop on the machine to the log length required (8"-24") before he starts cutting.
He often alters the height of the splitter for each length of wood coming through the processor, so it is split evenly.
The boxes of log are then stacked in the yard, with a tarpaulin over the top to keep out the rain until delivery day.
You receive your invoice on Monday.
Suze checks for payment after 6pm the night before delivery and contacts you if it hasn't been received.
Finally it's delivery day.
And Nick transfers the logs from the storage box into the trailer or back of the truck using the box turner.
This video shows loading the trailer.
It's a bit more difficult loading the truck - Nick tips about half the box in using the box turner and then we manually stack the rest on before covering with the tarpaulin and net.
When we arrive at the delivery address, we either Tip the logs (at the moment, we manually throw them off) or we use the wheelbarrows to take the logs to the storage area and stack them.
All that's left to do is wait for those cold days when you can light the fire, grab a hot drink and warm those toes!
Image: Annie Splatt on Unsplash