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Bulk bags have many uses in a variety of industries, such as mining, agriculture and chemical production. However, these flexible, durable and versatile packaging products can also be used to store and transport wood – both for industrial and household applications. The timber industry in South Africa is large as wood is still a core component of energy production, heating and construction.

While lumber is typically transported on lorries, smaller pieces of wood can be stored and transported in bulk bags for easier handling and logistics management. Whether it’s wooden planks for construction, smaller logs for firewood or even sawdust from sawmills, consider bulk bags as a better solution for moving and storing wood.

Custom Bulk Bags is a leading manufacturer and supplier of these flexible and lightweight packaging products in South Africa. Our bulk bags are produced to international standards for safety and quality. They all have a minimum safety factor rating of 5:1 and are also sustainable since polypropylene fabric is easy to recycle.

Keeping wood dry during storage

In almost every application, wood needs to be dry. This is especially important for firewood and construction timber as wet wood does not burn and is not as strong. It’s vital that wood is kept dry during transport and storage, so bulk bags are an ideal solution. 

Polypropylene is water-resistant, but bulk bags can also be ordered with an additional inner liner to completely prevent moisture and water from entering the bag. If the wood is moist, then vented bulk bags can be ordered. These products have air slits in the fabric to allow air to freely pass through the bulk bag and aid the drying process. 

Damp firewood creates a lot of smoke, which can be hazardous and unpleasant if inhaled. Wet wood is also more prone to rotting and bending under heavy loads. Wooden roof trusses, support beams and gum poles need to be completely dry before being coated with creosote or any other protective varnish. They need to be kept in a dry environment during the early stages of their lifecycle, so consider bulk bags.

Bulk bags allow for easy handling

Handling wood can be a labour-intensive process, not to mention the possibility of getting splinters in your hands. If the wood is piled into a bulk bag, then it can be lifted and moved around a lot easier. It allows for debris-free collection of wood and a more efficient sorting process. For home applications, such as firewood, bulk bags can fit into the back of a pick-up truck or smaller bags can be lifted into a wheelbarrow.

For industrial uses, bulk bags can hold up to two tonnes of wood and timber, making them extremely strong for their weight. They are more affordable than many other packaging materials, which helps to improve a timber company’s bottom line. What’s more, bulk bags are reusable and recyclable, so a company does not have to constantly purchase new packaging materials.

This helps businesses achieve their environmental goals while reusing existing bulk bags. Once the product starts to show signs of wear and tear, it can be sent to a recycling facility, which helps to keep plastics out of landfills and the environment. 

Custom Bulk Bags is able to provide expert consultation on the right products for your needs, whether you need to store firewood for household use or if you need to transport bulk quantities of timber or sawdust. For more information about our bulk bags, please contact us today. 


Custom Bulk Bags is a leading South African manufacturer of woven polypropylene bags for various industries, such as mining, chemicals and food. We are able to produce over 3.5-million bulk bags per year, keeping our customers in stock at all times. Our bags adhere to the highest levels of quality as a result of our stringent in-house testing and quality control programmes.

Custom Bulk Bags holds ISO 9001 certification and we currently have a number of UN-certified designs. We are a Level 2 B-BBEE manufacturer and supplier and fall under the ownership structure of Deneb Investments Limited. For more information on our products, contact Follow us on Facebook for our latest news and industry insights.