As the FIBC industry grows and expands into different industries, the use cases expand as well. This is a testament to the flexible nature of bulk bags and the various construction types that are available. This flexible nature allows bulk bags to be used in applications one could never anticipate 5-10 years ago.
Enter the firewood industry. On the surface, there isn’t an obvious use case besides the basic transportation and storage of chopped firewood. As good of a use case as this is, it does not speak to a trend in the firewood industry of using FIBCs for seasoning. What is firewood seasoning? How do bulk bags aid in this process? Let’s explore.
The Seasoning Process for Firewood
Firewood seasoning is the process of taking freshly cut wood and preparing it to be burned in the eventual customer’s application. When trees are chopped down and cut, there is often significant amounts of moisture still present in the wood. This is an unacceptable situation for sale as moist firewood does not burn well and sometimes not at all. This necessitated a process within the industry for properly preparing the wood for eventual sale. This process would eventually be called seasoning. Seasoning is where the freshly cut firewood is stored in a dry environment to allow the wood to breathe and the moisture to evaporate over time. Essentially it is a glorified drying process.
FIBCs Are a Great Fit for the Seasoning Process
Bulk bags are a great fit for use in firewood operations because they can be used to accomplish multiple steps in the process of creating usable firewood – increasing the operating efficiency of firewood companies. This is because FIBCs can be used for storage and transportation on-site when the wood is being cut and to store the bags during seasoning – removing the necessity to use multiple storage and transportation vessels.
Vented bags are a fantastic fit to accomplish both tasks. Vented bags have small slits in the sides of the bag that allow more air to enter/exit the bag. Freshly cut firewood can be placed on-site into vented bags, loaded onto transport, and placed it storage for seasoning. This streamlines the entire process from tree to finished firewood product.
Talk to Your Distributor
No matter what your product, industry, and/or application, it’s important to talk to your distributor to make sure you get the right bag. Not all bags are a good fit for all applications. A knowledgeable distributor will walk you through the process and find the perfect bag for you.
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