Firewood quantities explained

Many people tell us they’ve bought firewood in the past by “the load” or by “the ton”. So we’re often asked to explain how a cubic metre of logs compares.

Why do sell your logs by cubic metres rather than tons?

The lower the moisture content of a log, the less it weighs and the better it burns. We take great care to make sure our seasoned firewood have a low moisture content and burn well. They therefore weigh a lot less than the same volume of unseasoned logs. So if you buy by weight, be careful to make sure you’re not paying for water rather than for wood!

What’s the difference between quantities of “loose fill” logs and “stacked” logs?

If you take a pile of  loose logs and stack them tightly and neatly in your log store, the stack of neatly stacked  logs takes up less space than the loose pile. In fact it takes up considerably less space. Industry experts such as The Forestry Commission  state that one cubic metre of loose logs, when stacked, will take up a volume of two thirds of a cubic metre.

Doesn’t a “builder’s bag” full of logs hold a cubic metre of logs and weigh a ton?

No! These bags are usually designed to hold a ton of building material such as sand or gravel. Also called “dumpy bags” or “bulk bags”, the most common size can hold about 0.7 cubic metres of logs which, being less dense than sand or gravel, will weigh considerably less than a ton

A typical builders bag compared to a cubic metre bag.