Monthly Archives: March 2016

  • Know your charcoal types

    Are you burning the right type of charcoal? A trusty stalwart of barbecues summer in, summer out, charcoal is a fuel we're all familiar with. But how well do you know the different types of charcoal, and how do you decide which type to buy? Here we'll run through the different kinds, looking at the particular quirks of each. Lumpwood charcoal In the process commonly used to make charcoal, wooden logs are stacked in pits in the ground and covered over with metal and soil. The pile is then lit and the wood left to smoulder...
  • Seasoned firewood "Pass the salt and pepper" ?

    You’ve probably seen the term “seasoned firewood”, and wondered what it’s all about. Do our staff nip out to the piles of wood and sprinkle them generously with salt and pepper? Thankfully not. Seasoning firewood is all about sensible firewood storage. You all know that wet firewood is no good at all if you want a proper roaring fire, and therefore you’ve got to get the moisture content down for a really efficient burn. What does the firewood seasoning process entail? It all starts from when the trees you’re going to turn into firewood get cut down. Trees contain sap...
  • Why you should top up your top soil

    Top soil is a really under rated product; and not something you may know the benefits of until you give it a chance. It is exactly what it says – a top layer of garden soil. Normally, the top layer of soil would have received minerals from leaves and other natural materials which have decayed onto it, giving it plenty of nutrients to pass on to the plants you then choose to grow within it. Good quality topsoil is essential for your garden. Successful borders, lawn bases, raised beds and flower beds all depend on great soil. You can even...
  • Celebrate National Gardening Week

    Celebrate National Gardening Week 11-17 April 2016 It's still a long way from summer, when our gardens come alive with the smell of BBQs, but National Gardening Week - taking place from Monday 11th to Sunday 17th April - marks the start of the UK's gardening season. As spring begins to shine through, it's time to unlock the shed, dust down the mower, pull together all your tools and prepare to spruce up your garden ahead of the warmer months. If you are looking for inspiration, National Gardening Week offers a few places to start. On the Monday, there...
  • Irish Peat - Have you got the luck of the Irish?

    If you’re new to the world of natural heating sources, you may not be aware that peat can be used to create a fabulous fire. It’s virtually smokeless, and has a very unique, earthy smell when you burn it. Don’t head out to your garden and shovel barrow loads of soil into your burner though – peat isn't just normal soil. It’s been processed to give you the very best results. The Irish call it “black gold”, so why not give this little known fuel a go in your fire? Peat is really just decomposed vegetation, which has...
  • How mushroom compost and decorative logs can turn your garden into a wildlife haven

    Use decorative logs and mushroom compost to create a haven for wildlife in your garden Here at Logs Direct, we believe that it is important to co-exist peacefully with wildlife. Preserving our world’s biodiversity is crucial. What’s more, simply being around wildlife can be psychologically beneficial for us humans. It may surprise you to learn that some of our products can help you promote biodiversity and provide a home for nature. Though we primarily specialise in fuels (such as firewood logs and coal), we also sell mushroom compost and decorative logs. These two products can be used to...
  • Stock up on summer fuels while prices are cheap

    Buy your summer fuel now while it's cheap As we approach Spring, Britain remains in the grip of winter (at least it does here in Lancashire where it snowed heavily just this morning). Nevertheless, the chilly weather won’t last forever. Once March is over, the weather should start to get warmer once again. In other words, you have just over a month to get ready for spring, and you may wish to consider stocking up now on fuels to use during spring-time. If you’re planning on holding any barbecues or doing any outdoor cooking, now is the perfect time to buy the...
  • Spring storage of wood fuel

    With spring just around the corner, you might think that it’s time to put away the winter fuel and turn off the fire or wood-burner until the winter months. Keep your wood dry and off the wet ground in spring However, Met Office records show that between 1981 to 2010, the average temperatures for spring in the UK were  between 7 and 13⁰C, meaning that a little extra help with heating the home is welcome. As you’ll be aware, any heating sources such as logs, coal or wood pellets need to be stored effectively to work as they...

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