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Looking high and low for round logs!

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I want to some round sawn logs (ideally hardwood) just for decoration purposes exactly like you can see on this link

I've tried a couple of local farms that sell regular fire wood and even a florist but no luck - anybody have any ideas??

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Re: Looking high and low for round logs!

My Commune owns vast forests and you could just discuss with with our 'garde forestier' (guy in charge of the forests and cutting) and get what you want. Beech or ash for instance. Happy to organise the meeting- but we are a long way from Zurich.

BTW for anyone down in Neuchâtel, Yverdon, Lausanne even Bern- prices here are really reasonable for fire wood- beech or ash and cut to your size. If ever interested, get in touch.
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Re: Looking high and low for round logs!

Price depends on quantity (number of 'stères' = m2) and size of cut

1 m lengths = 75 fresh or 80 dry

extra to cut into 33cm logs = 30-35 dep on quantity / or 50cm = 25-30.


Those prices can be cut further for larger quantities- transport can be provided at cost depending on distance.
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Re: Looking high and low for round logs!

have you tried smoke & flame? i buy only from them and am a very satisfied customer.

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Re: Looking high and low for round logs!

Hi Odile, thanks for your reply and info. I'm only looking for a small amount so probably not worth the effort on your part and the cost to transport on my part. Was hoping there was a shop or farm in the Zürich vicinity that could sell me a couple dozen of small logs (30cm or so long).
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Re: Looking high and low for round logs!

Good to have a comparison anyhow for you. You could of course make a week-end trip one day and visit the area... and pick up what you want. Our young 'garde forestier' is very knowledgeable and friendly.

If you look at a map for a rural village surrounded by woods- the Gemeinde there is probably the owner of much of it - phone them and ask. Otherwise your local Landi will know, if they don't have any themselves.

Or Google

Brennholz in der Nähe von Zurich

and loads of addresses come up- some of the wood will be split but some will be logs too.

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Re: Looking high and low for round logs!

Sounds like a lot of expense travelling from Zurich to the back end of nowhere in Neuchatel for a few logs for decoration purposes !

By the way, they do have trees in Canton of Zurich too you know, despite them not being fully in the sticks !

A stère is NOT a M2 but a M3, a cubic meter For firewood (beech type wood) this equates to around 870-900kg
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Re: Looking high and low for round logs!

Well yes, of course- on both counts, thanks. If OP had wanted to cover a whole wall for instance, and make a week-end trip of it- might have been worth it. Might be useful for someone else nearer, for firewood.
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Re: Looking high and low for round logs!

I'd contact my local sawmill ("Sägerei Zürich" or wherever you live), many will be happy to be of service. Just a random example for what some offer is this one.

Holzsterne.ch could certainly help but you probably need to expect to pay thru the nose (I have zero experience with them, just a guess).

Another question is if wood is your best option. If you want it for indoors you may be better of with faux wood. Just a thought.
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Re: Looking high and low for round logs!

When you buy fresh logs, there are usually insects living under the bark. Is that OK with you?
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Re: Looking high and low for round logs!

I often see cut logs on our walks through the local woods, and always wondered whether it was okay to take those which were left behind. Usually they tend to have quirky shapes, and I guess they were left behind because they do not conform.

Anyone knows if it is okay/ acceptable to pick those bits and pieces from the local woods?
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I often see cut logs on our walks through the local woods, and always wondered whether it was okay to take those which were left behind. Usually they tend to have quirky shapes, and I guess they were left behind because they do not conform.

Anyone knows if it is okay/ acceptable to pick those bits and pieces from the local woods?
Generally, if they are on the ground and randomly left behind, you can take them. The ones stacked in neat piles are only for sale! You need to dry logs for at least a year (preferably 2 years) before burning them, otherwise they burn quickly & don't give out enough heat.
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Re: Looking high and low for round logs!

An analogy:
It's ok take any and every apple that lies on the ground (unless of course you shook the tree to make it so). It's also Ok to pick one good apple from a field of trees you happen to wander by.

So it's ok to pick quirky wood randomly scattered on the ground after the woodworkers are done.

When in doubt ask at the farm you probably passed when entering the forest.
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Hi all,

I want to some round sawn logs (ideally hardwood) just for decoration purposes exactly like you can see on this link

I've tried a couple of local farms that sell regular fire wood and even a florist but no luck - anybody have any ideas??

Thanks in advance!
I think you should persevere with the farmers. Nearly all of them spend the Winter collecting wood from their forests, for burning in their wood fired heating systems.

Most forestry wood is sawn into one meter lengths of straight logs, then stacked and allowed to dry. Dealers would then buy the logs and saw them into 25cm or 33 cm lengths for use in modern fires, bigger, fatter, logs are split. So you need to find the wood before the dealer cuts it up.
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Re: Looking high and low for round logs!

Sbrinz, the logs I am after are not for burning, but for decorative purposes .

Urs Max, that's a good idea to check with the local farm.
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Generally, if they are on the ground and randomly left behind, you can take them. The ones stacked in neat piles are only for sale! You need to dry logs for at least a year (preferably 2 years) before burning them, otherwise they burn quickly & don't give out enough heat.

No, wet logs have a lot of humidity which in turn creates a lot of smoke and can be a cause of excess soot in the chimney, they certainly don't burn quickly.

Ideally wood burns best about 2 years after cutting, if it is too old and dry, it will burn quickly
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Re: Looking high and low for round logs!

Exactly what our 'garde forestier told us' and the reason fresh wood, which has to be stored to dry for at least a year, costs less than dry wood. We went a bit OTT when there was a special offer, and some of our wood is now 3 years old, and it does burn quite quickly- that's fine, we have plenty

Fresh wood will have insects in if the tree has been cut due to disease of some sort- but good healthy fresh wood has the bark firmly attached and will have no or very few insects. Best for decoration is silver birch/aspen, of course, for the veiny white bark.

BTW never be tempted to burn fir or any conifer wood- as the sap will make a big mess of your chimney! We are so lucky to have a huge 'pierre ollaire' wood burner in the kitchen (HASE) and a very old wonderful open fire-place, local limestone with a huge 18C cast iron back plate- in the wood clad 'library'.

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Sbrinz, the logs I am after are not for burning, but for decorative purposes.
Yes, I always understood that. You cannot find decorative wood, so why not go to a farm and ask the farmer if he will sell you some very short logs, and cut them to your length specification.
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Sbrinz, the logs I am after are not for burning, but for decorative purposes .

Urs Max, that's a good idea to check with the local farm.
You could ask at your local Gemeinde for contact with the local guy in charge of Forestry, who will then point you in the direction of some local who buys and delivers whatever you are wanting?

Most who buy large quantities of wood, attend the local yearly "Holzgant" where residents buy on a quasi "auction" the Stères of wood - big bundles of cut logs that have to be fetched from the forest, then cut into usable lengths.

Those unable to attend this event/haul the wood/cut it to size etc depend on local - usually old retired gents - who do this to supplement their pensions.

Sure to be someone near you happy to oblige
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Re: Looking high and low for round logs!

This company (via amazon.de) ships to switzerland I think:

http://www.amazon.de/Hengsong-Kreati...ekorative+logs

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