WITH firewood production on the rise, there are a number of innovative solutions to make the whole process as stress-free as possible. From splitting to processing to drying, we take a look at some of the products on the market.


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FUELWOOD offers the most comprehensive range of firewood processors available in the UK. With circular saw and chainsaw models available in 10-, 12-, 14-, 16-, 17- and 21-inch-diameter capacities; splitting forces from 5.6 to 20 tonnes; conventional firewood processors; solutions for the popular European ‘billeting’ system; stand-alone saws; and stand-alone log splitters, Fuelwood can offer you a solution to your firewood production requirements.

Fuelwood is the only UK manufacturer of firewood processors and kindling machines. Its range of own-brand machinery, made at its factory in Warwickshire, includes the fully-automatic WoodCutta, the Splitta 400 for dealing with arb waste, and the Kindlet kindling machines.

Fuelwood has been the sole importer for Japa and its range of firewood processors since the 1990s. Japa offers a range of machines up to 16-inch capacity, which is hard to rival.

Also in the Japa range there is the professional 365 Pro Road. This 14-inch-capacity processor can be towed to multiple sites.

For larger-diameter timber, Fuelwood is now the UK dealer for the Uniforest range of processors. Titan 53/40 Premium represents a generation of highly-productive professional firewood processors. Higher productivity and easier work are ensured by the larger-diameter Widia saw, 400 kN of splitting force and 2-4-8-18-part splitting knife.

Despite the great capacity, its compact design allows simple transport.

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Fuelwood also offers the AMR brand of saws and log splitters for either smaller-scale firewood producers or large-scale producers adopting the increasingly popular European ‘billet’ system, where the logs are cut to one-metre length, split into the right section size and then left to season naturally. The benefits of this over conventional firewood processors are that drying time of the wood is naturally much quicker once it has been split as the surface area increases massively, and, once dry, the logs are then cut at the point of sale or burning, offering the flexibility of being able to cut to the required length.

For people requiring multiple log lengths, this means stock levels can be managed far more efficiently.

For more information, please call 01926 484673 or email sales@fuelwood.co.uk.


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JAS P Wilson Forest Machines is well known for the supply of quality new and used firewood machinery and equipment, having supplied and supported these products for decades. 

Jas P Wilson is the sole supplier of the renowned Posch range, manufactured in Austria, with the new addition of the highly-regarded brand Krpan to complement its range.

When it comes to commercial, high-volume production, Posch has established itself at the forefront of this push for quality and speed with the new 700 series models, the K-700 and Automatic K-710 a-Vario system, which have recently replaced the well-established K-650 and K-660 machines. These systems, although similar in size and capacity, are fundamentally different in operation, so please read on.

The proportional joystick-controlled K-700 machine has the following specification:

  • Cutting Unit – operator controlled.
  • High-capacity cutting accepting log diameter 10–70 cm
  • Billet length: Configurable between 20 and 50 cm
  • Hydraulic log feed with log manipulator and four powered feed rollers
  • Sawing system: SuperCut Harvester 90 cm
  • OnlyCut function
  • Splitting Unit – Operator controlled presets, then automated splitting.
  • VARIO splitting system delivering uniform, consistent logs with cable remote control
  • Splitting rings of between 20 and 50 cm.
  • Variable finished log edge length configurable between 5 and 15 cm
  • Splitting force: 19T
  • OptiSplit automated splitting stroke adjustment for faster processing
  • Automated central lubrication

As there are many considerations with machines of this size, product specialist Ken Reid is available to discuss options, visit your site or arrange product demonstrations.

If you are looking for high-capacity firewood machinery, call Ken on 01556 612233 or email ken@jaspwilson.co.uk to discuss the range of machines and services.

See the range at www.jaspwilson.co.uk


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SMALL or large firewood? Single log or log bundle? The answer is only one: Pezzolato’s TLC!

The TLC 1.100 is one of the most versatile and best-performing machines of the Pezzolato Red Line.

Although it was designed to work medium to large logs, it can guarantee excellent results even when working with bundles of logs with heterogeneous diameters and shapes.

Characterised by a cut disc unit with hydraulic drive and an integrated log splitter, it allows even a single operator to process different types of material and to obtain firewood of different sizes. From the control panel, the operator can manually or automatically choose the length of the cut, the splitting grid, how to manage the scrap, and when to activate the log loader.

For more information, visit www.pezzolato.it/en/.


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TAJFUN firewood processors, established under the brand name RCA, are essential forestry accessories for processing of wood biomass – logs into firewood. Tajfun product development is constantly directed towards optimal and simple operation for machine operators. You will choose and enjoy Tajfun firewood processors because they excel in:

  • energy efficiency
  • simple and fast set-up and take-down
  • high capacity
  • compact and rugged construction
  • simple user-friendly controls.

The range includes the RCA PRO 500 (for logs 25–50 cm), the RCA 330 (5–33 cm), and the RCA 400 (5–40 cm). Class-leading features on the machine include lattice for sawdust separation after log splitting; swinging laps to ensure the cut pieces fall into the splitting chute properly (especially last cut piece); hydraulic movable limiters.

For more information, visit https://tajfun.com/rca.


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M LARGE Forestry stocks, supplies, and services a wide range of firewood machinery and equipment from top-quality brands. It offers high-specification professional firewood processors from Hakki Pilke and Bilke. These machines are designed to make quick and easy work of cutting and splitting wood and are available in a variety of sizes and models to suit your needs. Hakki Pilke firewood processors are reliable, high-capacity powerhouses with high performance and industry-leading features. 

M Large offers a wide range of firewood processors for industrial production and professionals, as well as seasonal firewood production. You can choose from low-consumption electric models and tractor-driven PTO models, as well as combi models.

In addition to these, M Large also offers a wide range of forestry equipment from top-quality brands, including:

  • Fuelwood kindling machines – for converting timber offcuts, pallet waste and round logs into kindling.
  • Thor log splitters – these hydraulic and vertical log splitters split logs into smaller pieces, making them easier to load and transport.
  • Hakki Pilke log tables – hydraulically controlled feed tables for transferring and feeding large logs effortlessly to the firewood processor.
  • Hakki Pilke cleaning drums – with the Hakki Pilke Cleaner, you can easily clean the firewood you produce.
  • Hakki Pilke roller – rollers designed for cleaning large quantities of firewood. Cleaning firewood speeds up the drying process and ensures consistent quality.
  • LMS cone splitters – these machines split logs into smaller pieces, making them easier to stack and store.
  • LMS Log bagging systems – these systems bag firewood for easy transport and storage.

T. 02890 342838 E. sales@mlarge.com.


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FUELWOOD’S Splitta 400 can process timber rounds of up to 40 cm into firewood using a unique “X” knife that’s pushed against the end grain of the log with a force up to 150 kN, filling a 1 m³ bag in less than five minutes. The design of this machine makes it incredibly efficient at processing arb waste over a conventional vertical or horizontal splitter, allowing the rounds to be stacked on the infeed conveyor and automatically rolling down through the machine and coming out of the outfeed in a pre-determined split size adjustable up to 120 mm across and in lengths of 20–33 cm.

Part of the brilliance of the Splitta 400 is that it can be used as a standalone machine dealing with arb waste or set up in the Fuelwood Factory to cover the whole process from roundwood to bagged logs. The factory setup includes timber deck, Woodcutta for ringing the timber, Splitta processing the rings into either kindling or logs and an outfeed conveyor with cleaning head or Manual Bagga for netting your logs. 

The Woodcutta runs a hydraulically powered chainsaw with 59 cm long, 2 mm harvester bar and chain. With minimal effort the shunt of the infeed conveyor can be adjusted allowing the production of either kindling or firewood logs ranging from 20 mm kindling to 120 mm logs. The Fuelwood Factory is also automatic with a simple start and stop, and the log deck is operated from a remote control. 

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This allows the operator to move around, loading logs, changing bags or crates or simply keeping the operation running cleanly and spotting problems, rather than being tied to a joystick, making the process far more efficient and less labour intensive.



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The Halverson firewood processor is the only true one-man commercial firewood processor. The operator requires no secondary loading machine or log deck – there are zero infrastructure requirements and therefore minimal setup costs.

The Halverson range can handle mis-shapen and challenging timber easily. If the machine can pick it up, it can process firewood easily without manual intervention.

Users and operators report significant cost savings in labour requirements and fuel usage, reduced processing fatigue and improved daily productivity.

Halverson can be mounted on skid steers, excavators, wheel loaders, telehandlers and tractors with fore-end loaders. The Halverson can process up to 22-inch diameter roundwood and has a processing capacity of up to 4 m³ per hour. The latest Halverson is the 150 model, which has higher capacity in both cutting diameter and splitting force, with a new style of log holder and log splitting wedge design.

The Halverson requires a carrier machine that can lift 700 kg and has auxiliary oil flow of 65 litres per minute at 197 bar to achieve optimum performance.

For more information, please contact Bioequipment on 07826 866211 or email sean@emsltd.co.uk.


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KILN Services has been designing and manufacturing timber-drying kilns from its base in Essex for over 45 years. The company provides drying and heat-treatment kilns for all sectors of the industry, including softwood and hardwood sawmills, pallet manufacturing, fencepost producers, biomass fuel producers, modified timber, and research facilities in universities and training colleges.

In recent years, the market for kilns to dry biomass fuel has increased considerably. This has been driven by consumer awareness of product moisture and government initiatives to improve air quality, such as the Woodsure Ready to Burn accreditation scheme.

Kiln Services’ latest range of log-drying kilns are designed to provide a fast and efficient solution to your drying requirements and include many special features, for example, a high air velocity of 3 metres per second through the log stack. This powerful air-flow reverses every two hours to provide fast drying times and a uniform moisture through the batch. A new range of biomass hot air blowers can now be connected to our kilns via a 300-mm duct. These provide for a lower capital cost: as there are no accumulators, pumps, valves or pipework compared to a water-based system, the kiln itself is also a lower price. The first two-module kiln installed with a 130 kW unit removed 3,836 litres of water from 36 m³ of logs in just over four days; that’s almost 1 tonne or cubic metre of water per day. Around 2 tonnes of fuelwood was used over the cycle.

For larger kilns, two or more biomass units can be connected. The modular design allows for additional modules to be added as log demand increases. This is done by removing the door set, adding further modules to double or treble kiln capacity, then reinstalling the doors onto the extended kiln. Additional modules are then connected to the original.

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Kilns can be provided in sizes starting from 16 m³, up to 200 m³ per batch, in various module sizes to suit your existing crate size. Kiln Services also provides a range of hook bin kilns for companies wishing to dry logs and woodchip in the same facility. It is also introducing a new 150 m³ kiln with built-in drying floor for those companies using bucket loaders to load and unload. The drying efficiency of the process is optimised by the accurate control of the relative humidity and temperature. Unlike single-air-pass systems where low-temperature, low-humidity air is vented continuously, the air is only vented from the kiln when it has achieved the set humidity and temperature.

In recent months, Kiln Services has replaced several single-air-pass systems, mainly designed around shipping containers, and installed kilns, keeping the same boilers and Renewable Heat Incentive benefit.

Typically, a 10-metre, four-module 72 m³ kiln replacing a 12-metre-long container increases log drying by 300 per cent while only increasing fuel consumption by 50 per cent, transforming the company’s productivity.

For more information, please contact 01621 785 935 or visit www.kilnservices.co.uk.