OUR STORY

2nd Generation Family-Owned Business

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Baxter logs supply seasoned ready to burn hardwood logs/firewood to Harrogate, Leeds and surrounding areas.

Baxter Logs is a family run business which has been established for 30 years.

 

My late father Christopher started the log business back in 1990 chopping wood by hand with an axe (convincing my late Mother Arlene and Grandad Lewis to help) on evenings and weekends delivering wood in small animal feed type sacks. As the business grew Arlene became the receptionist/bookkeeper arranging Chris's log deliveries (and Chris).  

 

After a few years Chris and Arlene invested in a Thor log Spliter and retired the axe's to keep up with the growing demand for wood.  Arlene and Chris had two sons, Jake and Adam during this time. Jake and  Adam accompanied Chris on his log deliveries from an early age.

 

The demand for logs started out-growing the Thor log spliter and Chris convinced Arlene he needed a saw bench wood processor that attaches to a tractor to keep up with the growing demand for seasoned logs. Chris then Bought his first wood processor bench a hakki pilke. Chris and Arlene started selling logs in cubic metre loose loads that were delivered in a pick up truck.

Jake decided to be a part of the family business so Chris introduced Jake to the log processor and began training him to Process wood on the machine. Once Jake passed his driving and trailer test he was given Chris's old pick up truck and began delivering the logs alongside becoming the main wood processor operator. 

Similar to Chris in the early years , Jake had big idea's for improvements to the log business. Jake set his eyes on a hydraulic wood processing bench and tipping trailers to make the delivering of logs more time efficient and less manual after many years delivering the logs by hand. 

Jake met his long term partner Chloe and she became involved in all things logs. By this time Jake had now decided a new wood processor was needed with more hydraulics to make the job safer and more time efficient. 

In 2014 the family decided to officially name the business:

Baxter Logs. 

Sadly in 2016 Chris passed away. Arlene and Jake continued to run the family business together. They made many changes to the collection service introducing log nets, barrow bags, kindling, coal and smokeless fuel to name a few.  

After a sudden accident in 2018 Arlene passed away leaving the business to both sons. 

In 2018 Jake, Adam and Chloe decided to re-vamp the business logo and had the current Baxter logs logo specially designed with both the delivery pick-ups being Re-stickered. 

During the 2018 summer we decided to change the way we shelter the wood from the weather as the use of lorry side sheets were very labour intensive and always a worry if they would stay put in high winds.

Jake designed and fabricated portable steel roof structures that can be lifted on and off the log stacks with our JCB.

 

We are very pleased that the standard of the logs has been far superior since changing our roof system. 

After two years in the business in 2020 Adam decided to go explore other career options whilst still helping out occasionally with chopping logs. 

Jake is now running the physical side of the log business with his partner Chloe becoming full time admin/technical support designing this very website herself.

Chloe re designed the website in 2020 bringing it into the 21st century with the growing need to be mobile friendly and enable orders to be processed and paid via the website.

In 2021 the government passed new legislation that required all firewood to be under 20% moisture content.

After a site inspection and oven test of our logs we were accredited ''Ready to burn'' by the HETAS Woodsure scheme. We are very proud to report our log samples tested at 10.6-12.6%.

To join the ''ready to burn'' scheme firewood has to be below a moisture content of 20%. 

See our certification logo in the top right corner !

If you got this far thankyou for reading our business story and we hope we can help with all your firewood needs.

Jake & Chloe