Advice

  • Party BBQ – As Seen on TV!

    Fans of Phillip Schofield (and who isn’t?) may have recently seen the ITV one-off special How to Spend it Well: House and Garden. If you have, it’s a safe bet you were impressed by the party-size instant barbecues featured on the show. Phillip spoke very highly of them after his ‘road test’. And why not? These instant barbecues can feed up to 10 people each – and they’re ready to cook in just 20 minutes. We’re so satisfied with the value they provide that we offer these barbecues in packs of six – because once you’ve barbecued with them you’ll...
  • Mushroom compost or topsoil

    Now that spring is almost upon us and the days are becoming brighter and warmer, you probably want to spend more time out in your garden. You may even wish to invest your time and energy into cultivating it. In order to do that, you will need either compost or topsoil. Luckily, we sell both here at Logs Direct. In addition to our many solid fuel options, we also supply our customers with mushroom compost (recently championed by Monty Don in the 2017 episode 2 of Gardener's World)  and excellent topsoil. We even offer bark mulch, which can be used to...
  • 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...
  • What not to burn in 2017

    Everyone loves a wood fire. They're romantic, comforting and warming. If you choose the right fuel they're also a green and sustainable option. But if you're a log fire newbie, how do you know what not to burn? Green wood Tip: buy a moisture meter and ensure your firewood is seasoned to below 21% moisture. If you make the mistake of burning logs that haven't been properly dried and seasoned, you'll soon know about it. They're difficult to light because they're still full of water, and they burn horribly throwing out plenty of smoke and particulates. Hardly very green. Tip...
  • Your multi-fuel stove doesn't need to produce smoke

    If you live in a built-up area, you may believe that you can’t use coal due to smoke control regulations. While you can't use old-fashioned coal, you can use smokeless coal.  Furthermore. there are steps you can take to ensure that you do not produce too much smoke when you burn coal. We’ve listed these steps in today’s blog entry, in order to help you reduce smoke from your stove or fireplace. By following these steps, you can ensure that your stove produces minimal quantities of smoke and can be used in  built-up areas. 1. Don’t overload coal Don't overload the...
  • 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 your wood burner should...
  • 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 the two fuels...
  • 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 typically...
  • 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 you...

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