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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

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Last month, we organized the international Hakki Pilke Pro series event virtually. We had the pleasure of having participants from 27 countries around the world from six different continents.

If you missed it, check out this interesting event on our Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/URS-BBxu2YU

You get to hear customer stories from the users of Hakki Pilke Pro series from all over the world and on top of this we offer you interesting discussions of the latest industry trends. Emma Kimiläinen, a professional racing car driver and F1 commentator, will host the online event. The event is English spoken and lasts about one hour.

You can watch the recording at your own pace or rewind to a specific section:

00:20 Welcome speech and Hakki Pilke introduction
05:00 Hakki Pilke today in brief and factory tour – Global leader in firewood processing
12:45 55 Pro – The firewood factory and customer story from Denmark 
24:15 50 Pro – The heavy-duty processor and customer story from Finland
30:45 43 Pro – The commercial grade processor and customer story from New Zealand
43:30 38 Pro – The professional firewood processor and customer story from Lapland
53:30 Panel discussion – Summary of Pro series and firewood industry trends

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We are happy to invite you to our virtual Hakki Pilke Pro Series online event on Wednesday 20th of October 2021 9 AM EEST or 6 PM EEST. The event is English spoken. 

Sign up now: Hakki Pilke Pro Series online event

We want to present you unique information about our Pro series’ firewood processors and its newest addition Hakki Pilke 55 Pro. The 55 Pro has been designed together with professionals from all over the world to enable the most efficient production of firewood.

You will also hear customer stories from the users of Hakki Pilke Pro series from all over the world and on top of this we offer you interesting discussions of the latest industry trends. Don’t miss out!

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EVENT PROGRAMME

Welcome speech and Hakki Pilke introduction 
Anssi Westerlund, Hakki Pilke Business Unit Director

Hakki Pilke today in brief – Global leader in firewood processing

55 Pro – The firewood factory and customer story from Denmark

50 Pro – The heavy-duty processor and customer story from Finland

43 Pro – The commercial grade processor and customer story from New Zealand

38 Pro – The professional firewood processor and customer story from Lapland

Panel discussion – Summary of Pro series and firewood industry trends
Anssi Westerlund, Timo Jussila, Development Manager and Jari Niskakoski, Export Manager

Emma Kimiläinen, a professional racing car driver and F1 commentator, will host the online event.

You can also follow the live event on Hakki Pilke's YouTube channel.

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The 20-year collaboration between Shingu Shoko Ltd. and Hakki Pilke started in 2001. The relationship has grown over the years, developing into a profound partnership.

Hakki Pilke 1X42 was the first machine delivered to Japanese market. Shingu Shoko has long history with 42 diameter machines as over the years the Hakki Pilke firewood processors have gone through evolution from 1X42 to Easy 42 and in 2017 to 43 Pro. Today, Shingu-Shoko and their dealer network sells Hakki Pilke machines and log tables all over Japan.

“Shingu Shoko Ltd. and Hakki Pilke are true pioneers of firewood processor business in Japan. We are very happy to see that Hakki Pilke 43 Pro is the most popular processor model in Japan as in many other countries all over the world. We look forward to next 20 year prosperous business relation with Shingu Shoko,” says Anssi Westerlund, Business Unit Director of Hakki Pilke.

Importer visits and dealer trainings play a key role in effective cooperation. Open discussions and a deep understanding of one another’s businesses are important. Deep training and long-term cooperation are the secret behind excellent after-sales services, and it brings new opportunities for development.

Watch video about the Hakki Pilke's journey in Japan: https://youtu.be/538Ltun6nN0   

Many years ago, Shingu Shoko Ltd was the first company to import and sell chainsaws in the Japanese market. Since then, they have expanded their operations to include all kinds of tree-related products, from firewood processors to wood-burning stoves. Their goal is to make their customers' lives easier with machines that preserve our forests while reducing labor, boosting efficiency, and improving safety. Shingu Shoko also manages 5,000 hectares of forest across Japan and has always worked to protect this valuable domestic resource. As a result of their efforts, the company proudly received its Responsible Forest Management from the Forest Stewardship Council in 2005.

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Our customer service is open throughout the summer on weekdays except during week 29 (July 19 - July 23), when the entire company is closed.

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A sufficient amount of high-quality raw material is a vital condition for your firewood company to be able to produce firewood and serve your customers reliably. Efficient sourcing of raw materials is therefore one of the keys to a successful firewood business.

If you use suppliers for purchase the raw material for your business, it is a good idea to source your logs from multiple suppliers. This ensures that you will always have logs available even when your main supplier might be struggling with deliveries. About this and other vital elements for you firewood business you can read from our blog How to start a firewood business? This time we will focus on what to consider when you are the one deciding the right time to fell trees.

Multiple things affect to the right harvesting time. For example, weather conditions, tree species, land carrying capacity, and the condition of forest roads are factors that should be considered when choosing the right time to harvest.

 

Harvesting and weather conditions

In countries with different seasons the tree moisture is often at its lowest in early fall. The early winter with frost but not yet so much of a snow, is a good time to cut down the trees since the winter frosts makes it easier to move around in the forest, because the ground bears better. It is also a good idea to transport the trees when the temperature is on the frost side so you don't have to worry about road breaks so much.

Once the frost weather has started, it is also a good time to start making firewood. If you have seasons, it is usually not advisable to start making firewood before the onset of frost, as there is a risk that the firewood will become moldy.

If you rely on traditional firewood drying methods, ie natural drying, the best time for this usually spring. Cold and especially humid weather slows down the drying process significantly. In case you use artificial drying methods, you can dry wood year around.

The trees in the leaf can be left uncut for a few weeks. This way the moisture effectively evaporates through the drying leaves.

Once the trees have been made to firewood, they will continue to dry up for years. If the logs are stored for a long time, it is advisable to ensure that there is sufficient ventilation in the warehouse. However, storing the firewood for several years may reduce the calorific value of firewood. It is therefore not advisable to keep too much stock, but to take care of a suitable round of the firewood for customers.

More about drying your firewood and its effects to your production process, you can find from our blog How to dry your firewood effectively?

 

What kind of trees are worth felling?

When you choose the trees to fell there are few things to consider. If the wood has a good energy content and a high calorific value, you can usually achieve a higher margins. However, firewood can also have other good properties.

For example softwood doesn't usually soot the firebox and chimney as much as for example birch. Therefore, it can be ideal for example for fireplaces with hatches. In the case of softwood you can also utilize rotten and erect trees or wind-felled trees.

 

Harvesting and the transport of trees

When harvesting trees, they are felled, pruned and cut. This can be done as forestry work or with a firewood processor. Breaking the bark of the tree significantly enhances the drying of the trees, which in turn improves their shelf life.

If you harvest as forestry work, it is good idea to peel the tree from three sides. The multifunction machine breaks the bark automatically.

If the earth is moist or otherwise soft when the harvesting is done, it is advisable to use few trees on the bottom of the pile to keep the lowest trees clean from example of sand and moss and to prevent them to freeze on the ground in winter time. This will also make them easier to transport.

 

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The moisture content of freshly felled wood is usually 45-55%. This varies according to the seasons. During the first summer, the moisture content of the logs felled with multifunction machine decreases from 50% to about 30%. Covered frames are about 10% units drier than uncovered ones, so it's worth protecting the frames!

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As firewood sales are booming, many firewood professionals are taking processors from storage or making firewood in full swing. If you want to ensure your firewood processor's best performance for decades to come, it is always a great idea to inspect and maintain the machine after storage or long time of processing.

When maintaining the firewood processor, it is important to prevent the possible fault in advance. A good practice is to go carefully trough the machine each time you take it from the storage and put it back into service.

We gathered a four-point checklist that will take you far and helps you make sure that your firewood processor will last the decades to come:

  1. Go through the machine in general. Check that the machine is in good condition and clean it if necessary.
  2. Grease the machine's grease nipples if you have not greased them before storing the machine.
  3. Carefully check the condition of the chainsaw chain and chain bar or circular blade.
  4. Check the condition of the hydraulic oil and the filters. Replace them if necessary.
     

Cleaning the firewood processor first to make the condition check easier

The general condition of the firewood processor can be checked visually. This quickly ensures that the machine has not been damaged during storage or transport. Cleaning the machine makes it easier to check the condition. For example, the condition of the blade is a lot easier to check when it is clean. It is also more pleasant to start working with a clean machine.

It is recommended that the grease nipples of the firewood processor to be greased before the machine is stored. If you forgot to do the greasing before storing the machine, it should be done before machine is put into service again. It is also a good idea to clean the grease nipples before storing.

For Hakki Pilke firewood processors you find the grease nipples locations with pictures of them from the manual. The manual also tells the exact greasing amount for each grease nipples.

 

Checking the hydraulic oils and filters

In hydraulics, the condition of the oil is a decisive factor in terms of service life and reliable operation. With clean oil and filter, hydraulic components work smoothly and the oil temperature remains at a moderate level.

The oil and filters should be checked each time the firewood processor is take out of the storage. They should also be checked whenever the machine has been without use for a longer period of time.

During the winter time you can have problems, in case there is any water in the oils. It is possible that the water freezes at the bottom of the tank. If the oils look gray, water has gotten in. In this case, the oils and the return filter must be changed.

For the Hakki Pilke firewood processors we recommend the first change of oils and return filters after one hundred hours of use or after the first season. Thereafter, the change should be made every two years or every 500 hours, whichever is reached first.

You can find the best oils, filters and blade accessories for you Hakki Pilke machine from you local dealer. You can find your closest Hakki Pilke store from here.

 

Maintenance of a circular saw and a chainsaw

Before starting up the machine, also check the condition of the chainsaw chain and chain bar or, in the case of a circular saw blade, the condition of the pieces and that the blade is prestressed properly. If you notice that the blade is dull or has cracked rails it should be replaced with a new one.

The chainsaw chain and chain bar of the firewood processor should be maintained regularly. Read the detailed instructions for the maintenance of the chainsaw chain and chain bar in our previous article "How To: Sharpening Your Chainsaw Chain".

See also our instructional video on sharpening the chainsaw chain.

 

The service life and functionality of the circular saw can best be affected by careful storage and use. Always check the condition of the blade carefully. If you notice cracks or broken teeth in the blade, the blade must not be used but must be replaced or repaired.

A damaged blade is always a major safety risk and should never be used. Blades should always be maintained by a specialized dealer.

When installing a new blade, you should always check that the chain bars are also straight and clean. If the bars need to be replaced, they should always be purchased as an original parts.

 

Always check the circular saw and the chainsaw before processing firewood

Also, always check the circular or chainsaw before you start processing. Regular maintenance of the circular saw and chainsaw saw and bar ensures that firewood is produced efficiently. At the same time, you maximize the life of your firewood processor.

Using a dull blade can cause a variety of problems: the machine heats up, the chain sprocket wears faster and the saw slows down and more time is needed to cut. Be sure to clean the blade after each use, for example with compressed air or a brush.

If you find that your machine needs new parts, contact your machine manufacturer or local dealer.

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During the Easter holidays our factory and customer service will be closed from Friday 2nd of April to Monday 5th of April. After Easter we are open normally starting from April 6th.

Wishing you all a Happy Easter!

-Hakki Pilke Team-