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24.11.2022 to 28.11.2022

Hakki Pilke will be part of Agrama 24.-28.11.2022 in Bern, Switzerland. Our importer Aebi Suisse will be presenting the professional Hakki Pilke firewood processors 38 Pro and 43 Pro at the fair. Come and see the amazing Pro series machines! See you there!

 

More information: https://agrama.ch/

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Elmia Wood 2022 opened Nordic forest exhibitions in a relaxed atmosphere. According to the organizers, a total of 26,000 forest professionals visited the fair. Demand for firewood processors is currently strong, and it was also shown at this fair. In addition to firewood processors, there were a lot of small forest machines on display.

At the Hakki Pilke stand, the 55 Pro was introduced as a newcomer, which aroused a lot of interest. This was the first time the 55 Pro was demonstrated at a Nordic fair. You will see this firewood factory next time at the FinnMETKO exhibition in Finland.

Hakki Pilke's stand was very lively, and we got to talk to several old customers who were considering upgrading their machine.

Local professional Stig-Joel Karlsson was also considering upgrading his 2X and Easy 37 firewood prcessors. At the fair, he ended up buying a 43 Pro because of its speed and larger diameter. There are plans to upgrade the other machine after testing 43 Pro processor.

Many Hakki Pilke Easy 37 customers also visited to see newer models. In general, they have been really satisfied with the Hakki Pilke machine and especially with their low maintenance.

“I make about 200 m3 of firewood annually and the machine has worked very well. The machine rarely needs maintenance and overall, we are really happy with the machine”.

The ease of use of the machine was also seen as an advantage, as anyone can use the machine, allowing the whole family to make firewood. The lack of V-belts and the safety of the machines were particularly attractive in the new machine models.

“We have the Easy 37 with the log table, which is now 8 years old. The machine is really easy to use and others in my family also make firewood with it. The safety of the machine is also good. I’m still going to buy a new machine because they don’t have V-belts, which further reduces the need for maintenance”.

See the highlights of Elmia Wood exhibition: Hakki Pilke - Elmia Wood 2022

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Our factory will be closed from 9th of July to 1st of August due to our summer holidays. Our customer service and technical support is open throughout the summer on weekdays except during week 30 (July 25 - July 31), when the entire company is closed.

Have a great summer!
-Hakki Pilke Team-

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Are you familiar with the major trends affecting the firewood industry at the moment? In this post, we will have a look at the three most important trends in the firewood industry that affect both the production and development of the industry as well as in the purchasing decisions made by the end customers.

 

1. Customers desire for smaller firewood

From the customers' point of view, the importance of firewood quality is constantly growing. In addition, customers desire smaller firewood, especially when they use it as the main source of heat for their homes. Modern fireplaces and heaters are usually smaller, and therefore customers need shorter and smaller sized firewood.

There are many different perspectives to consider when producing quality firewood. The first factor is, of course, a sufficient supply of high-quality raw material – without it, a firewood company cannot produce quality firewood or serve its customers reliably.

In addition, one part of delivering quality firewood to the customer is to take care, that the finished firewood is as clean as possible. It is easier to get the highest possible quality from well cleaned firewood and cleaning the firewood also speeds up the drying process. So by cleaning your firewood you can speed up the production process as well as ensure, that the firewood delivered to your customers are of the highest possible quality and uniformity.

Also a carefully chosen drying method can help you to improve your quality control. The moisture content for the logs should be 15-20% for them to burn and produce heat efficiently. Many firewood producers choose to rely on traditional firewood drying methods, ie natural drying and in most cases this method works very well. Investing in artificial drying is a good choice if you produce firewood professionally, need a shorter circulation time for your firewood or if your customers have special requirements regarding the quality and/or dimension of the firewood.

 

2. Commercialization of the firewood business

Another trend in the firewood business is currently the growing commercialization of the sector. Fewer and fewer make their own firewood, which means that more people buy their firewood from the market. This has led to the commercialization of the sector and firewood manufacturers are using ever larger machines and producing larger quantities of wood.

 

The commercialization of the business and the increased production volumes have professionalized the sector. The productivity and user comfort of firewood processors are therefore getting more prestigious features. An ergonomic firewood processor features for example smartly designed joysticks that give the operator full control while retaining precision cutting and splitting. A simple user interface helps to minimize human errors and semi-automated features reduce delays in the cutting and splitting cycle. Well designed log deck helps to increase ergonomics and production efficiency.

 

3. Responsibility and the use of local raw material

The importance of responsibility is growing in all sectors and the firewood industry is no exception. The responsibility of firewood is a complex issue, but when harvested responsibly and used correctly, firewood is an energy-efficient and renewable heating source. 

As an end customer you can also influence in the responsibility of firewood by choosing clean and dry firewood. You should also pay attention to the efficiency of your own heater and fireplace. Modern fireplaces, boilers and heaters produce less pollution than older ones. Remember always to start the fire patiently to minimize the amount of smoke. Fires with lot of smoke are usually a sign that the wood is wet or the fire isn’t built properly.

One notable fact is also that firewood can most often be imported from very close by. This means that the transportation doesn't add up the emissions and it of course also helps to save in the transportation costs.

By choosing your firewood from a local and responsible produces and by following responsible practices when storing and burning your firewood, you can significantly reduce your ecological footprint. You can read more about the responsibility in the firewood business from our previous blog post .

Tapahtumat
02.06.2022 to 04.06.2022

Come to visit us in Elmia Wood 2.-4.6.2022 in Vaggeryd, Sweden! Hakki Pilke firewood processors are presented at our Swedish importer's Trejon AB stand 160. Our firewood factory 55 Pro will be presented in addition to our other Pro Series machines. Discover and see in action our large product range for firewood professionals and find the best solution for you!

Elmia Wood is the whole world's forestry fair. Every four years Elmia Wood brings together the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers to the forest industry. We give the forest industry lots of room to spread out and properly exhibit its new products and practical solutions. But forestry isn’t just about machinery, tools and methods. Advisers and experts show you how to improve your profitability as forest owners and workers. Read more about the fair here.

Fair location:
ElmiaWood
567 92 Vaggeryd
Sweden

Opening hours:
Thursday 2 June: 9 am - 5 pm
Friday 3 June: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday 4 June: 9 am - 4 pm

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Summer is around the corner and firewood is ready for drying! Are you thinking of investing on a new machine or equipment to bring up the efficiency of your firewood processing? Our new interactive Hakki Pilke 2022 catalog is here to help you! Amazing content with product information, pictures, videos and forms all in one!

Discover our wide selection of firewood processors and accessories in our new interactive product catalog

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    One factor significantly affecting the efficiency of firewood production is the size of the used log. This blog provides some perspectives on how the diameter of the log affects the volume of production and production costs as well as the quality of firewood itself.

    When considering the impact of log size on the production of firewood the starting point is that with compared to a smaller log a larger diameter log will usually boost production, make higher-quality firewood and help you save in the production costs. 

     

    WITH A LARGER LOGS, YOU WILL GET CLEAR SAVINGS ON THE PRODUCTION COSTS

    Raw material with larger diameter usually brings a wide range of benefits to production. From a larger log it is possible to get a better output in the same time. There are several explanatory factors for this.

    First, the cost of transporting does not vary depending on the log size. Transport costs from the forest to the customer's home or to the other location are the same regardless the log size. This means you can run more raw material with the same money, which brings a clear saving on the cost of production.

    Secondly, the bigger raw material produces more and higher-quality final product i.e. firewood in the same time.

    For example, a faster machine used for small logs can make with 10 cutouts per minute from a log with a diameter of 25 cm the same amount of firewood as a slower machine can make with 7 cutouts per minute from a log with diameter of 30 cm.

    If the size of the log is increased from 30 centimeters to 40 centimeters, production almost doubles.

    From the accompanying table you can see, how the diameter of the log affects the efficiency of the firewood production.

    In addition, with a larger log you need to load a smaller number of logs in the log table. This means you don't have to spend so much time filling the log table and moving new logs in the machine. This clearly saves labor costs.

     

    HIGHER QUALITY FIREWOOD FROM LARGER LOGS

    The larger raw material therefore has clear effects on production volume and costs. In addition, the larger log will clearly make higher-quality firewood. The larger log often has more tight wood grain and less bark. 

    From our blog How to build a successful firewood business? you will find tips for reducing your productions costs by optimizing your processes. 

     

    Visit our website and answer our handy questionnaire to find out which Hakki Pilke firewood processor is best suited for your needs.

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    We would like to thank all our customers and partners for the past year. Hakki Pilke team would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2022!

    Due to the Christmas holidays our factory is closed from 23th of December till 2nd of January. Also our dispatch department is closed so there will not be deliveries during this time. Our customer service is open normally from 27th to 31st of December.

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    We at Hakki Pilke want to support the responsible development of forest management and the responsible use of firewood worldwide. Our goal is to encourage the use of renewable resources and to bear our responsibility of sustainable development.

    In this blog post we want to give you some insight about responsible firewood production and responsible development of forest management. On the other hand, we are going to have a look at how to use firewood as responsibly as possible.

    When harvested responsibly and used correctly, firewood is an energy-efficient and renewable heating source. While growing, a tree uses a chemical reaction called photosynthesis to convert CO2 and water into Oxygen which it then releases into the air. When wood is burned it uses oxygen to release the same amount of CO2 back in the air as it would if a tree were permitted to die and rot.

    Firewood can also be used together with solar panels or other sustainable energy heating methods to balance the peaks in the energy demand. Therefore, the firewood can be part of responsible heating production in the future. When choosing your firewood from a responsible woodlot and following sustainable practices, you can reduce your ecological footprint.

     

    Producing responsible firewood

    Sustainable forest management is at the heart of responsible firewood production. The important thing to keep in mind is that sustainable firewood management and practices help us to maintain healthy forests for current and future generations. 

    It is a fact that all the common fuels used to produce energy - gas, oil, coal and wood - all release CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. But unlike the other three energy sources mentioned above, burning firewood from a responsible and renewable woodlots is greenhouse neutral.

    Firewood as a renewable resource is better for the environment than fossil fuels such as oil. Wood heating method releases the same amount of carbon dioxide it has stored when growing as a tree and if a tree were permitted to die and rot.

    As said, the sustainable forest management plays a key role in leveling out the CO2 emissions that arise from burning wood and making it climate neutral in the long term. When harvesting firewood in sustainable way, well-planned tree selection is one important point of view.

    Sustainable firewood management and practices include things like selective harvesting of uneven-aged trees, thinning out dense areas of trees, leaving all seed trees and leaving some dead trees for wildlife habitats. It is also important not to use wood that can be used in the sawmill or pulpwood industry and instead utilize fallen, thinning and garbage wood for producing firewood.

    The size of the used trees and the efficient production of wood is also a part of responsible operations. Using large trees that are at a certain stage of growth, i.e. full-grown, is the most sustainable way to make logs.

    One notable fact is also that firewood can most often be imported from very close by compared to fossil fuels like oil. This means that the transportation doesn't add up the emissions and it of course also helps to save in the transportation costs.

    Local production can also be a great help when you marketing your firewood. Producing firewood nearby usually brings work to the surrounding area, which is something many customers appreciate. So when you produce your firewood locally and responsibly, don't forget to mention it when marketing your product - this is something your customers deserve to know. 

     

    How to use firewood as responsibly as possible?

    Firewood heating is a popular home heating source around the world. It can be used as the only heating source or beside some other sustainable heating method to balance the peak seasons. In crisis situations such as power outages in the middle of frost season, the firewood as a supportive heating method can be a real blessing. 

    When burnt properly, using firewood from sustainable sources to warm your home can be less polluting and more environmentally sustainable than other methods. To heat you home efficiently and responsibly with firewood, there are few things that you should consider. 

    First of all you will need dry wood that has been processed and stored properly. To minimize the pollution, the moisture content of firewood should be between 15% and 20%. You can use a moisture reader to test the wood before your supplier delivers it on your lot.

    To help keep your firewood as dry as possible you should store it off the ground, keep it protected from the rain and allow the air to ventilate with open sides. You can read more about efficient ways of drying and storing your firewood from our previous blogposts. 

    It is also important to choose the right type of firewood that is good for heating and produces strong heat output. Softwood burns faster and less efficiently than hardwood because it is less dense. But remember, it can still make excellent kindling to get your fire started.

    Operating your heater correctly is also really important. The firewood burner must be correctly ventilated and operated. Modern fireplaces, boilers and heaters produce less pollution than older ones. They are also more efficient and therefore help you save firewood. If you feel it would be time to update your fireplace, contact your local supplier. 

    In short, it is best to burn only dry, seasoned, untreated wood and use smaller logs instead of only one large log. Remember always to start the fire patiently to minimize the amount of smoke. Fires with lot of smoke are usually a sign that the wood is wet or the fire isn’t built properly. Burning firewood in small, hot fires produces less air pollution than large, smouldering fires.

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    Our customer service and factory is closed on Monday 6.12.2021 due the Finnish Independence Day. The customer service is open again on Tuesday 7.12.2021.  

    Happy Independence Day!
    Wishes,
    Hakki Pilke Team