Products and Prices    
 
Free delivery up to 20 miles radius of Drumcree Co Westmeath. Delivery charge of €1.00 per mile (one way) if greater than 20 miles. We also use a courier service for deliveries throughout Ireland.

All our timber is seasoned to 15 - 20% moisture content which gives a clean burn with no soot or tar build up. We will measure moisture content with a moisture meter for the customer before tipping
 
Softwood
  • 4 cubic meters (lorry)                           €195 (€49 per cubic metre)

  • 8 cubic meters (lorry )
    This is our best selling load                  €350 (€44 per cubic metre)

  • 3 cubic metre (trailer)                          €160 (€53 per cubic metre)

  • 1 ton bag of soft wood                         €65(€65 per cubic metre)

  • Net bag 25kg                                            €3.5
 
Hardwood   (Please contact us to confirm we have Hardwood in stock)
 
  • 4 cubic meters (lorry) Beech/Sycamore          €290 (€72.5 per cubic metre)

  • 8 cubic meters (lorry ) Beech/Sycamore         €520 (€65 per cubic metre)

  • 3 cubic metre (trailer) Beech/Sycamore          €240 (€80 per cubic metre)

  • 1 ton bag of Beech/Sycamore                       €95 (€95 per cubic metre)

  • We supply timber for Gasification / non gasification boilers up to a metre in length
 
 
       
  We split our timber into billets 1 meter long and stack them in two meter high piles for drying.

This dramatically speeds up the drying process.
We then cut the billets down to whatever length required by the customer when seasoned.

As far as we are aware we are the only supplier drying timber in this manner in the country .
We supply all our firewood with a moisture content below 20%.
 
       
       
  Some facts about firewood    
       
  Firewood is a renewable resource that was until recent times the primary source of fuel in Ireland. In many countries of the developing world, and in the more remote, colder parts of Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia, firewood remains an essential source of energy for heating and cooking. In Sweden, the burning of wood in power stations is used to produce a significant amount of the nation's electricity, though much of their firewood is imported from Baltic countries where labour is less expensive.

Although the use of firewood was restricted to rural areas of Ireland throughout the 20th century, in recent years, firewood has been making something of a comeback. Typically, this is because of economic factors, since recent large increases in the price of natural gas and oil have made the felling, processing and transporting of firewood more economically viable. Previously, the market for firewood was restricted and suppliers struggled to make a profit after taking the labour and machinery costs into account.

The future reliance on firewood is likely to increase for a number of reasons:
 
 
  • The resource is renewable provided the consumption rate is controlled to sustainable levels.

  • Fossil fuels (natural gas, oil and coal) are non-renewable and will become more expensive as the rate of production declines, unless other sources of fuel adequately replace them.

  • The increasing use of woodburning stoves and improvements in their safety and efficiency. It is not against the law to burn firewood in smokeless zones provided well seasoned timber is burnt in an efficient stove since this produces negligible amounts of smoke.

  • The environmental benefits - the growth and burning (or decay) of the same mass of wood is carbon neutral. This is not true when the felling, processing and transport of firewood is factored in, but when compared to the intensive production of agricultural crops for biofuels, the carbon dioxide emissions are very small.

  • The protection and sustainable use of ecosystems and the natural resources we acquire from them will become increasingly important to us. The appropriate management of woodlands has additional benefits to wildlife conservation and helps to lessen the impact of storms and flooding events, which are expected to become more frequent and severe as a result of climate change.

  • Government grants that encourage efforts to protect the natural environment, including ones targeted towards the sustainable production and use of biomass, are likely to increase.
 
  A number of general points about using firewood for heating (and cooking) should be noted:  
       
 
  • Always burn well seasoned firewood (ideally air-dried for at least 12 months). The burning of freshly felled ('green') timber produces less heat, more smoke and tar deposits in the chimney.

  • Always compare the price of firewood by volume and not by mass. If you buy a tonne (1000kg) of green timber, you will have bought anything from 250kg to 650kg of water! However, if bought by volume the price should reflect the density of the wood, e.g. the density of dry oak timber is approximately 750kg per cubic metre compared to most coniferous species, poplars and willows, which range from 350kg to 600kg per cubic metre.

  • The burning properties of each species are also important (see table below). The best species is probably ash because of its low moisture content, but there are many native trees and shrubs that make good to excellent firewood. There are also several non-native species such as sycamore and rhododendron that can be utilised as firewood when they are removed from native woodlands in order to improve their ecological value.

  • Always try to burn firewood in a modern efficient device. The modern stoves are more than 70% efficient, compared to only 30% efficiency with an open fire. The size of the log is also important since wood is a poor conductor of heat. A log diameter greater than 10cm or 4in reduces the efficiency, particularly in smaller stoves. Larger pieces of firewood require splitting, the ease of which depends on the species and dimensions of the log.

  • At current prices, the price (per unit of energy) of firewood is far cheaper than natural gas or heating oil. In order to keep the cost as low as possible, firewood should be bought from a local supplier, since transport costs represent a significant proportion of the total. Note our business BK firewood deliver free of charge. Alternatively, access to your own firewood resource can help to reduce the cost of heating your home to a low level.

  • Although it is not practical for everyone to utilise firewood for heating, an increasing number of small woodlands are owned by individuals. The reasons for private ownership include for tax purposes, conservation and recreation. The production of timber products is often not even considered, but with a limited amount of training and machinery, producing firewood for personal use at least is entirely possible.

  • An average three bedroomed house would need 7-9 tonnes of air-dried wood to provide all the heating requirements. The area of coppice woodland would need to be at least 3 hectares in order to be self-sufficient in firewood.
 
       
 
Species Burning speed Comments
     
Conifers
(Pine, Spruce , Douglis)
Fast Burns faster than hardwood but is excellent
value for money and we sell 30% cheaper than
hardwood at €75 per cubic meter . This is our
best selling timber type . Spruce and pine is ideal for stoves.
     
Ash
Beech
Hornbeam
Hawthorn
Crab apple
Oak
Field maple
Elm
Hazel
Birch
Wild cherry
Blackthorn
Rowan
Holly
Yew
Alder
Poplars
Willows
Lime
Rhododendron
Sycamore
Sweet chestnut
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
Fast
Slow
Slow
Slow
Slow
Slow
Fast
Fast
Fast
Slow
Good
Fast
Fast
Low moisture content - little seasoning needed
Season for a year; excellent deadwood species
Season for a year; more common in southern Britain
Season for a year; thorns make handling more difficult
Gives off pleasant smell - useful for cooking
Season for a year; excellent for keeping fire lit overnight
Season for a year; grows better on more fertile soils
Season for a year but often found dead and ready to burn
Good coppice species; important for wildlife conservation
Burn with slow burners such as wild cherry
Burn with fast burners such as birch; pleasant smell
Season for a year; burn with fast burners such as birch
Burn with fast burners such as birch; attractive berries
Burn with fast burners such as birch and alder
Very dense timber and slow growing
Burn with slow burners such as wild cherry
High moisture content - season for a year
High moisture content - season for a year
Good coppice species; burn with fast burners such as birch
Very invasive non-native species on acidic soils - eradicate
Invasive in ancient woodlands - eradicate
Not invasive but gradually remove and replace with hazel