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21.12.22

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 2023!

Due to the Christmas holidays our factory is closed 26th of December. Our customer service is open normally from 27th to 31st of December. Our dispatch department is closed from 22nd of December untill 2nd of January so there will not be deliveries during this time. 

15.12.22

The energy crisis and the sharp increase in the price of energy have caused the firewood market to accelerate faster than in years. This exceptionally high demand for firewood can be seen all over the world. At the moment many firewood vendors are out of stock and unable to deliver firewood for their customers. Firewood processor also have exceptionally long delivery times.

Currently, there is a common message on the home page of many online stores that sell firewood: new orders cannot be accepted. The product pages reveals that all products are sold out

"The firewood trade is accelerating. The rise in electricity prices and possible power outages in the future have caused households to fill their firewood stocks like never before. For example here in Finland many firewood vendors have already sold their stock out. And we don't even have the frosts yet.", says  Veijo Kontro, Sales Manager from Hakki Pilke. 

The stocks of many firewood vendors have already been sold out from this season. That's why many of them have had to stop their sales completely for the time being in order to focus on making more firewood for sale.

 

Firewood is sold at an unprecedented speed

Simo Rousu annually produces approximately 1,000 m3 of firewood and at best 11 full trailer loads with Hakki Pilke Pro 38 firewood processor. This year Rousu sold out already in August. It is easier to understand how exceptional the situation is, when Rousu mentions that for example last year he had enough to sell until December.

Magnus Ådahl has a company called koivuklapia.fi that he runs with Hakki Pilke Easy 43 firewood processor. Ådahl has noticed that also fresh wood has sold exceptionally well since last spring. In addition, customers are currently ready to pick up their firewood from a great distance, as long as they get it.

Some larger vendors still have enough firewood to sell. For example Metsolan piha and puu that produces firewood with Hakki Pilke 50 Pro still has some firewood left in the store. But they are also having huge amount of orders coming in, so the situation may change fast. The situation is same all over the world. 

 

Demand increases the firewood prices

The demand has been strong for so long that the prices of firewood have increased all over the world. The availability of raw material and the rise in prices worries many firewood vendors and it threatens to increase the already long delivery times. "The increasing energy prices also effect in the customer price of artificial dried firewood because artificial drying methods usually require electricity." says Veijo Kontro. 

The best way to secure firewood for the winter has for long been to order the wood well in advance in the spring. This year, firewood vendors have noticed that the demand has spread over a longer period of time than in average, and orders started coming in earlier than usually.

Ordering firewood already in the spring will continue to be the best way to secure your own firewood for the following fall and winter. This way you will probably also get firewood at least slightly cheaper price -especially when demand is growing like now.

 

Delivery times for firewood processors are exceptionally long

Along with the demand for firewood, the demand for firewood processor has also increased. Currently, the delivery times of almost all firewood processor manufacturers are within a year.

“The demand for firewood processors is stronger than ever before. This is mainly due to the sharp increase in the energy prices. Due to the increased demand, the length of delivery times has multiplied from the so called normal level around the world.”, says Jari Niskakoski, Export Manager from Hakki Pilke.

If you feel that your firewood processor needs an update for the 2024 season, we recommend placing your order as soon as possible. At the moment, the growth in demand for both firewood and firewood processors seems to be continuing, which may extend delivery times even further.

 

31.10.22

Due to the staff recreation day, the factory and our telephone exchange will be closed on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. We will serve you again as usual on Wednesday from 08:00 to 15:30.

07.09.22

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/

Thursday, November 24, 2022 to Monday, November 28, 2022
29.08.22

Hakki Pilke will be part of Dyrsku'n 9.-11.9.2022 in Seljord, Norway. Our Norwegian importer Agro Traders will be presenting Hakki Pilke firewood machines at stand B104 &106.

 

Professional firewood processor 43 Pro will have demonstrations throughout the event. Machines 38 Pro, Falcon 35 and Raven 33 will be also presented.

Hakki Pilke Team from the factory will also be at the fair. See you there!

 

More information / Les meir: https://www.dyrskun.no/

Friday, September 9, 2022 to Sunday, September 11, 2022
27.06.22

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

14.06.22

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-

14.06.22

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 .

17.05.22

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

Thursday, June 2, 2022 to Saturday, June 4, 2022
11.05.22

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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