(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 February 15th 2014- Still plenty of decent ash logs left this winter. Moisture content isn't in the teens at the moment but is still well well below the 36% in the logs one of my new customers had just bought from a local supplier - and he'd paid a premium for these ''kiln dried logs'' too! This just goes to show the wisdom of ordering logs in springtime for the following winter and once again this year I have already had people ordering their oak logs for next winter and there's plenty of these logs in stock too. This is becoming so popular from February to May that before too long I just intend to solely supply these oak logs all year round for the customer who plans ahead. This benefits me in that deadlines cease and also, for the customer, not only does it keep the cost down (drying wood is where the effort/cost lies for the firewood man) but you have nice dry logs when you want them without having to wait or get fleeced in peak periods. More detail further down. Finally, I currently have some lime firewood going cheap. It doesn't last especially long but it is classed as a hardwood and burns nicely with no sparks. This is £130 for a full load.
PRICES FOR ASH LOGS - WINTER 2013-2014
£80 half load - 1.25 yd3
(currently not available)
£150 full load logs
2.5yd3 - approx. 1 tonne
The same £150 load logs
2.5 cubic yds - approx. 1 tonne
Barn dried logs
5yd3 trailer £290 (strictly tip only)
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 larch 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 single 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 as some sites suggest. 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.
I have 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!). 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. 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.
Over the last couple of years there has been an unprecedented increase in demand for logs due to the number of woodburning stoves fitted and hence the price of this increasingly difficult to source ash is creeping upwards. With this in mind I now offer an alternative load of logs with economy more in mind, selling for £110 for the trailer load and £205 for the 5 cubic yard load. Some hardwood logs will spark and any of these that I grade out of my ash go into these 'economy loads' although currently these loads are nearly 100% larch (which is actually technically a softwood). Softwood is the wood of a coniferous tree and according to Chambers dictionary "...is a very misleading term as the odd one or two softwoods are in fact very hard and durable" like LARCH for example which makes really superb firewood (larch logs will burn nicer and for longer than many hardwood logs) although most softwoods are very poor. If cost effectiveness is your main concern and you've got a woodburning stove where the odd spark is not an issue, then this larch is probably the load for you. True, it isn't such good wood as ash or oak but it will probably give you best value. Please note January 2013 update here - 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. A month or so in a dry airy environment will usually be enough to finish off the drying process.
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.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!
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