Supplying for sale loads of seasoned hardwood ash firewood logs to Bourne, Stamford, Market Deeping, Rutland, Lincolnshire area, also bulk loads of logs to Spalding,logs to Grantham and logs to Oakham areas. Full loads of logs to Peterborough, and full loads of logs to Sleaford areas.
Welcome to WCoxLogs, the website for my logging business. Established in 1989 by selling cheap offcuts the business soon expanded by responding to demand and moving towards more expensive but better quality logs. Now, with the explosion of woodburning stove sales in the last three or four years, 95% of the 2000+ loads of logs I now sell a year are of my 'Finest Quality Ash Logs'. This site was set up to provide information to potential and existing log customers and I hope you find it helpful - your questions and feedback help me keep updating the site so please feel free to let me know what you think, good or bad.
LATEST September 25th 2015 PLEASE NOTE - I already have very long lead times as demand continues to soar and can't do anything for you now until January. However, if you can take your logs in 300mm or 400-450mm sizes and your stove is at least 200mm deep, I have a glut of these larger logs left from last season (perfect for those bigger Clearview stoves) which can be available within a month or so. Next, there will be no half loads at all any more as I concentrate on efficiency and therefore low prices. Please note too that because two thirds of my customers now order well in advance of actually needing their logs, within a year or two I plan selling all my ash, as well as my oak logs, just semi seasoned (but still finest quality of course!) which will very simply just require the need for you to order early and allow the seasoning to complete in your log store rather than mine! There is no point in me trying to compete with subsidised businesses paid for by the taxpayer to kiln dry firewood when all you need to do is get a few weeks ahead of the game or ideally get a rotation system going (ie leave one load drying whilst you burn another load and so on).
Already now, my main selling point is no longer prime dry ash logs at premium prices like it always has been but I have now found an ever growing market from well organised people for my regular, uniform logs (both regular in size and species, and user specified) which, due to all the work that keeps coming my way, is obviously more important to customers than very expensive logs unecessarily dried artificially in a kiln (both naturally drying and kiln dried logs soon meet midway and find their common moisture content which ultimately, I believe, is always that of the environment they are kept in). This is where I can beat the competition, most of whom still seem to supply random sized lumps of wood rather than nice uniform logs, as well as totally random species - lime and willow included (which are technically hardwoods although not hard wood of course and dried to 8% m/c 'burn like paper' to quote one new customer of mine....), and as long as you are able to order in advance you will still get the finest logs and also now find me cheaper, sometimes considerably so, than just about every other major supplier nowadays. Doing it this way also takes the stress out of the job in hand, both for me rushing to keep up and for you panicking as you try to avoid running out! I apologise for how all of this may affect some of you whom I have spoiled over the years (!) but the blame lies with the very questionable government policy that has forced this change upon me!
I have a yard full of beautiful, perfect oak logs for those of you who wish to think ahead and as I've already said, within a year or two I expect to sell nothing else as more people latch on to this. These logs can be cut to your required size, and left in your log store until next winter will make possibly the best logs money will buy. Thankyou for your continued and very valued custom and I hope to see you soon! Please note I only have my mobile number now - 07973 819821.
PRICES FOR ASH LOGS WINTER 2015-2016
£85 half load - just under 1m3
(half load only available locally & off peak)
£150 full load logs
Just under 2m3 - approx. 1 tonne
The same £150 load logs
Just under 2 cubic metres - apprx 1 tonne
Barn dried logs
Trailer £290, logs tipped only at nearest drop. Just under 4m 3(partitioned use also, to give 2x£150 loads)
Logs sourced from FSC
A full load of logs (£150) stacks into approx 1.5 cubic metres (ie £100 per stacked cubic metre). Loose, it fills 3 bulk/dumpy/builders bags that's less than £50 per bulk bag!! Cheaper is not always inferior, cheaper is sometimes just simply down to efficiency!
Standard loads are 100% ash logs, seasoned, cut, and split to your requirements.
Please be ready to tell me your length of the logs you need when ordering (or measure the width and depth of your fire for me to work out your ideal log length). With just a simple change of splitting wegde the machine splits the timber from between 2 logs to 10 logs depending on requirements, therefore all sizes of logs are the same price. Prices for softwood logs appear further down and oak logs are the same pricing as the ash logs in the photos above (details for oak logs further down). Since several people have been confused regarding the £290 trailer load logs pictured, I will clarify here that this does not include the truck load as well!! This is included in the photo for an idea of scale only. Also, just to give you an idea, the half load of logs will fill approx 1.5 dumpy bags and a full load easily fills 3 Travis Perkins dumpy bags (dumpy bags are the builders sand/gravel bags, and for price comparisons with other sites, these are nowhere near a cubic metre in volume or a tonne in weight as some sites suggest, in fact I guess they weigh less than 300kg. If you are buying trailer loads of several 'cubic metre/1 tonne bags' of logs in one go this could mean you're paying far more than you need to. Even with the recent price increase I have kept prices at least equal to or, as is the case with two local suppliers, far cheaper than other merchants, and please bear in mind that ash logs command a premium price at source due to its premium qualities!).
Generally it is 'tip only' and a sheet is useful to put underneath, if you have one, to collect any 'bits' (which is great for kindling!) if you have a gravel driveway. However, I can throw the logs, for example, over a wall or in a shed/garage if this helps - as long as you mention this beforehand and also as long as I can back RIGHT UP TO the point you want the logs so I don't have to carry them. Please note 1) Due to me aiming to keep prices down, I do not stack or carry logs. Most of you know a younger family member or local teenager in need of pocket money! 2) For reasons that occur that you couldn't dream of beforehand, I no longer do split/shared drops! and 3) In busy periods, I do not drop logs off on public property ie footpaths/roads etc. Please call to discuss this if it affects you.
Up until recently, I had never intended being the cheapest. I don't sell rubbish and also in theory I should not be able to even compete with 'diversifying' farmers heavily subsidised by you, the taxpayer (although as the years go by and I get more and more efficient I am finding I am now nearly always cheaper, sometimes considerably so, and there's no rubbish mixed in either!). Instead I concentrate purely on selling the finest logs available and ash is almost universally recognised as the best all round firewood, burning nicely, lasting well, looking nice, storing well with no shedding of bark, no mould or fungus problems and also, very importantly with an open fire, burns with no sparks. I also offer semi seasoned oak logs and although some people burn this on an open fire, due to the fact that oak does spark a little, it really wants to be burned on a stove. In my opinion, for a woodburning stove, oak is head and shoulders above all else, but MUST be split and dried for at least two years. For this reason it is not a much loved wood as most people have, at some time or other, been sold 1 year "seasoned" oak logs that just will not burn effectively. Ditto beech logs. I don't have the room to dry large quantities of oak logs for two years, but I am increasingly storing more and more for the first year of its seasoning and if you can get organised by ordering your logs in early spring, doing the second summer's drying yourself, you will have logs of the highest quality that even ash can't touch. This is helping me too by spreading my workload out more, and also oak, unlike ash, is very easy to source - making it no more expensive (offered at the same price as my ash logs). This worked very well for me last summer with sales in May and June almost as much as December, and I'm sure those of you who ordered all your logs in the summer found that worked very well for you too! Even if you can't order all your logs early, just ordering one load helps. But don't use it first - keep it for the last load of the winter when you'll have great difficulty buying decent logs from anyone. My best logs go first, and this last couple of years most local suppliers have ran out completely by New Year.
Most other species of hardwood (especially the ones which spark) along with all softwood logs end up in the 'economy' loads. I am not going to describe these loads here - I will just say some people burn nothing but softwood whilst some won't touch it!! Due to the 'economy' nature of this load, it will now only be sold as semi seasoned as it is taking too much time and effort for me to dry this for you considering the low profit margin I have on this. At the right time of year a month or so in a dry airy environment of yours will usually be enough to finish off the drying process. Available only in the 4 cubic metre load, and also only delivered around the central area of my map below, price is £205 but please ring for current details of availability/species.
We are timber merchants, not tree surgeons, and as you can see from the photo below on the left, our logs come from straight clean trunks from managed woodlands, whereas logs sourced from tree surgery are usually from garden trees, resulting in bent, knotty, knobbly logs. Many of the logs come from our own woodland which I personally have managed since my teenage years. The fine stand of maturing oak in the middle and right photos is the result of a lot of hard work, progressively weeding or "thinning" out the weaker trees over many years, as they crowd each other out. This is something I greatly enjoy doing in the summer.
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Delivery is free. Please phone if you wish to discuss anything further, or place an order.
Hanthorpe House Sawmill
Stamford (01780) 762886 Please note this landline number is cancelled now.
Mobile (07973) 819821
The answerphone sometimes comes on so please be ready and please leave me a message - I do pick them up regularly during the day when I stop the machines, and if I don't call you back immediately I'll nearly always return your call that night unless I am really busy (in which case the answerphone message will usually tell you so).
PLEASE NOTE ALL ENQUIRIES / SALES ARE BY PHONE ONLY. HEALTH / SAFETY HAS FORCED ME TO KEEP THE YARD CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. SORRY
With bases in South Lincolnshire near Bourne and near Stamford, the map provides a general guide to the coverage area although this will shrink somewhat closer around Bourne and Stamford as peak season approaches. I deliver full loads of logs to Market Deeping, Peterborough and Spalding, as well as full loads of logs to Grantham, Oakham, Rutland, Lincolnshire and Sleaford areas. I will also consider a complete parcel of truck and trailer load of logs delivered much further away outside peak season eg I've been asked to deliver to someones holiday cottage in the Yorkshire Dales, and places in the Lincolnshire Wolds - both provide great days/weekends out for me!
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Weights and measurements are as accurate as I can be but purely to avoid all the 'smart Alecs', I sell my loads as 'sold as seen'. The photos are there to provide a clear guide and I don't try to deceive people with phrases often used over the phone such as:
i) "a load on a tonne truck". For example, either of my loads on the truck are "a load of logs on a 1 tonne truck"!
ii) "a heaped load of logs " - could be anything from 20 logs to a 300 log heap like the one in my top middle photo!
iii) "a load of mixed hardwood logs" could mean a load of poor quality poplar and willow logs, which will spark!
My weight figure is determined by consistently getting more or less 25 full loads of logs from a 25 tonne lorry load of mixed, fresh felled hardwood. Ash loses little weight as it dries. However, sycamore logs, for example, will lose significantly more and sold dry will not weigh a tonne, even though I buy it weighing a tonne and label it likewise. ( I recently checked this again and got just over 28 loads of oak from a 26.9t lorry load giving a load of size of around 0.95t (minus bark and sawdust obviously, which is left behind here!) - interesting that, when you see other merchants selling multiple loads on just one tonne tipper trucks........!!). My volume figure is measured as actual load space (not volume of wood). This is worked out accurately and is not rough guesswork but please remember a 4 cubic metre load on anyones trailer for example, will not be 4 cubic metres when stacked. Also,'seasoned' can be a very ambiguous word. Large unsplit logs can be left 'seasoned' for 3 or 4 years and still not be dry and fit to burn. Don't be fooled by kiln dried logs either. Most are imported giving them a big carbon footprint and making them incredibly expensive. This forced drying process still takes up to a month to do properly and it is doubtful they are left for this long. I recently looked at a sack in a shop which stated the moisture content to be acceptable up to 25% !! (It is quite normal to get it to, or even well below 20% by just drying them normally in the right environment ie a dry barn, garage or log store). A Mole Valley brochure also stated they were 'cleaner and provide more heat than traditionally seasoned logs' .....which unless I am very much mistaken is just nonsense!! (**UPDATE - Just recently, nearly everyone in England now seems to be offering 'kiln dried logs' too. Want to know why? Are they really any better? Well, as someone told me when I left school, if you have a question then just follow the money trail for the answer and in this case you find that massive grants are suddenly now available to build kilns to burn wood to dry wood...........WOW! So guess what everyone wants to sell you now -and they even manage to persuade you to pay extra too! Gosh, that is amazing - but then maybe I've been in the sun for too long....).
Moisture meters can be useful but are not necessary (and often highly inaccurate!), the guideline is if your log catches fire very readily and burns easily without hissing and sap oozing out the end, then it is fit to burn. Blackened glass on a stove is usually a good indication of damp wood too although in some applications this may happen if you shut off the air supply too far, or blackening often occurs (regardless of the moisture content) for the first 5 minutes or so after lighting for example. Finally on this kiln dried stuff - many years ago in my youth, I asked an elderly woodman to make me some double gates for a customer who specified kiln dried wood. He wouldnt do it, saying they would swell when they began to take up water out of the air again! So, summing up - wood will only dry to the moisture level of the environment, kiln drying just speeds up this process for the less well organised! Contrary to how they are marketed, in my opinion kiln dried logs are no better - you are just paying someone to speed up the natural drying process whilst simultaneously speeding up the destruction of the environment!
Although this website now saves me an incredible amount of time by not having to explain detail over the phone, it actually began nearly six years ago simply with just minimal text and two photo's - primarily for potential new customers to be able to visualise the load sizes and compare this with what my competitors offered rather than compare what are often exaggerated volume and weight figures quoted over the phone (and now websites). I keep expanding it everytime someone asks me a question not covered here already! Increased business from this website was partly responsible for me going full time in 2008 (as far as I know that makes me unique in the region) enabling me to now supply at any time of the year.
Thankyou for reading and I hope to see you soon!
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