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  • Are woodburners really to blame for the London smog?

    As air pollution levels exceeded those of Beijing in London of late, fingers were pointed at the number of woodburners in use in the capital. The demand for woodburning stoves has tripled in the last five years as Londoners are experiment with going partially off-grid to combat rising fuel prices. However, with 175,000 woodburning stoves being installed across the country every year, are they really to blame for the level of air pollution in London? Unseasoned logs: bad for the environment, bad for health Wet wood uses energy to burn. Don't do it! The problem it...
  • Burning Birch as firewood

    Continuing with our series of articles looking at the various types of wood that you can burn in your wood burner or stove, we turn our attention this time to birch. There are two species of birch native to the UK. The first is silver birch (Betula pendula), a striking, medium-sized deciduous tree that is found throughout Europe. The second is downy birch (Betula pubescens), another deciduous broadleaf tree. It is native to northern Europe and northern Asia. The two species easily hybridise. The light and open canopy of birch woodlands (populated with either species or both) offers ideal conditions...
  • How to store kiln dried firewood

    We have written many articles on the benefits of using kiln dried logs (kiln dried logs will save you money, The Difference Between Seasoned And Kiln Dried Logs).  In these articles, we describe kiln dried logs and their many benefits.  You're sold, you want to buy them, there is just one stumbling block: storage.  You are still hesitant to invest in kiln dried logs as you’re not sure how to store them?   And you're right, storing logs can be tricky.  They are bulky and difficult to handle.  In many ways, coal and smokeless fuel has the storage advantage.   However, all is not...
  • Making your wood-burning stove more energy efficient

    Wood-burning stoves are a useful addition to many homes and have risen dramatically in popularity during the last decade. Not only do they look attractive and increase the retail value of your property, they also provide a cheap and efficient way of heating your whole house. Here are a few tips to ensure your wood-burner is as energy efficient as possible, enabling you to get the most heat for your money and cut down on your energy bills. Check the seals Use the paper test to test your woodstove seals every 3 months. The seals on...
  • A focus on burning Oak as firewood

    Our series of articles looking at the various species of tree that can be used as firewood continues with a British favourite: the mighty oak. The English oak (Quercus robur) is well known and popular, arguably having achieved the status of a national emblem. Oak forests have a very high value for wildlife, supporting more species than any of our other native trees. Their leaves, catkin flowers and acorns provide a lot of food opportunities, and crevices in the bark allow many creatures to set up home. Fallen oak leaves provide a rich soil environment, in which many invertebrates like...
  • Combining logs and coal

    You probably think of firewood logs and coal as completely separate fuels. However, it is possible to burn them together. That’s right: you can burn coal and logs in your fireplace simultaneously. But why might you opt to combine these two fuels? The best of both worlds Coal and logs combined — the best of both worlds Burning coal and wood simultaneously allows you to get the best of both worlds. Coal lasts longer and produces more heat than logs, but logs have a more pleasant aroma and look far better in your wood burner. By using...
  • A focus on burning Alder as firewood

    Opinions often vary on the use of Alder as a firewood.  We are positive, however, that it’s a quick-burning, fragrant wood.  It also makes for great kindling. However, before considering whether to add some Alder logs to your firewood stack, you might want to consider the properties of the tree and what that means for Alder as a solid fuel. About the alder tree A member of the birch family, there are different species of alder found around the globe. The black alder is native to Europe, with the larger red alder being found in North America. Alders are...
  • Is Ash a good firewood to burn on your woodburner?

    You might burn a fair few logs in your wood burner or stove, but how much do you know about the trees they come from? In this post (which will hopefully turn into a short series), we aim to get you better acquainted with the humble ash tree. The common ash (Fraxinus excelsior) is found across Europe, from Turkey to the Arctic Circle. The third most common tree in the British Isles, ash trees can live to 400 years old - even older if coppiced - and reach a height of 35m. How to identify an ash ...
  • How much coal should you buy for winter?

    We stand poised on the threshold between autumn and winter, which means now is the perfect time to stock up on coal. In many respects, home coal is the ultimate winter fuel: it burns hotter than other fuels and you need less of it to maintain your home’s temperature for long periods. The cost of coal is also lower than you might expect, meaning that it is a surprisingly cost-efficient fuel. But how much should you stock up on before winter begins? To answer this question, you need to take several factors into consideration. 1. How much fuel will...
  • Decorate your home with logs

    Looking for hygge or a stunning feature wall? Decorate with logs Looking for hygge or a stunning feature wall? Decorate with logs There's no better way of creating hygge in your home than the crackling of logs burning in the fireplace. It's the very definition of 'cosy warmth'. But if your fireplace doesn't function, or if you simply want to add the beauty of wooden logs to your decor, then read on. Be bug free The first thing to consider when choosing decorative logs is to make sure they're bug free The...

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