Supplying for sale loads of seasoned hardwood ash firewood logs to Bourne, Stamford, 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 I now sell a year are of my 'Finest Quality Ash Logs'. This site was set up to provide information to potential and existing 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 End July 2014 - The yard is now brim full of fine ash logs and there's enough to see the whole of the coming winter through. Current delivery time is just creeping up to around a couple of weeks but please be aware that last winter this went up to six weeks at Christmas time. Changes in both personal and business circumstances this year may well lead to a similar or longer backlog this winter. I apologise for this in advance, especially to long term customers, but government policies neither encourage me to employ people nor to work harder (plus my body is telling me 80 hour weeks are no longer appreciated)!! My continued gentle request to all my valued customers is just to try to remember to ring me before you put your last log on the fire this year!! I'm fully aware of, and respect the fact that you will source logs immediately from much of the competiton that is springing up everywhere from farmers to builders, but from your perspective, if I can avoid the rushing and panic caused by folk wanting immediate delivery, by being well organised I'm confident I can continue to be the cheapest of the major suppliers and offer you consistently superior logs too. Thankyou and look forward to catching up with you again soon!
Latest End August - Please note that having been absolutely swamped with phonecalls this last two weeks the current lead time has risen to well over a month. It is only fair to my regulars therefore that I stop taking on new customers. The only exceptions will be for anyone who can take large logs as I always get a glut of these (large is having one face of the log around ten inches wide) and also anyone who wants 7 cubic yards at once (ie truck and trailer load, any log size). As the years pass the focus of my business is to provide these bulk loads to customers at ever more competitive prices rather than selling bags or small loads at ridiculous prices.
PRICES FOR ASH LOGS 2014
£85 half load - 1.2 yd3
(currently not available)
£150 full load logs
2.4yd3 - approx. 1 tonne
The same £150 load logs
2.4 cubic yds - approx. 1 tonne
Barn dried logs
Trailer£290(tip only)Just under 5yd3
Timber sourced from FSC
kindling bag and net - see below
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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 this out). With just a simple change of splitting wegde the machine splits the timber from 2 pieces to 10 pieces depending on requirements, therefore all sizes of logs are the same price. Prices for softwood logs appear further down and the oak is the same pricing as the ash in the photos above. Since several people have been confused regarding the £290 trailer load 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 easily fill a dumpy bag brim full, with a couple of wheelbarrows of logs left over (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 400kg. If you are buying trailer loads of several 'cubic metre bags' 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 commands a premium price at source due to its premium qualities!).
Kindling is £2 per net or £3 per bag. The nets are not the small ones you often see sold but the 45cmx60cm (unstretched sized) nets that you see logs in on garage forecourts.
Generally it is 'tip only' and a sheet is useful to put underneath, if you have one, to collect any residue (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. 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 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 5 cubic yard 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
01780 762886 / 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 as peak season approaches. I deliver full loads of logs to Peterborough and Spalding, as well as full loads of logs to Grantham, Oakham, Rutland, Lincolnshire and Sleaford areas. I will also consider full truck and trailer load of logs delivered further away outside peak season.
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Weights and measurements are as accurate as I can be. The photos should 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). 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 5 cubic yard load on anyones trailer for example, will not be 5 cubic yards 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, not by real woodmen but by greedy businessmen, 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 CWG which stated the moisture content to be acceptable up to 20% !! (It is quite normal to get it to, or even well below 15% by just drying them normally in the right environment ie a dry barn, garage or log store). The brochure also stated they were 'cleaner and provide more heat than traditionally seasoned logs' .....which unless I am very much mistaken is just nonsense! Moisture meters can be useful but are not necessary, 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, kiln dried logs are no better - you are just paying someone to speed up the natural drying process.
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 growing website is partly responsible for me going full time (as far as I know that makes me unique in the region) enabling me to now supply at any time of the year.
I hope this simple site constructed by myself has given you all the information you require without any unnecessary gimmicks - like saying I'm 'part of a Cox Group' offering 'total logging solutions'! Maybe you're looking for the regular update on stock availability, or maybe you're looking for a new supplier - there was a lot of rubbish sold again last winter from the new kids on the block eg "barn dried logs" that looked as though they had been dried for a fortnight, loads of elder twigs, and one new customer had previously even received old creosoted fences chopped up and sold to him as logs! Anyway, whatever the reason is for you looking here, I hope the photos and this simple site has been of help to you. Thankyou for reading and I hope to see you soon!
Site last updated August 22nd 2014
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Since 19th October 2007
If you're wondering why there are no rather colourful and, on the face of it, impressive looking little boxes here telling you something about DEFRA and the European Union, please don't be disappointed. On the contrary - a lack of these indicates I am not an inexperienced new business being subsidised by you, the taxpayer, to try to make me profitable! This is my 25th year in business and to close this site, here's a big 'Thankyou' to all my customers over the the last quarter century!