Environment

  • 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 seems is not with...
  • Brackenburn Brackettes - the new superfuel?

    If you're an avid fan of Countryfile, you'll have seen their recent report on Brackenburn Brackettes, a new fuel made from 100% bracken. Burning at temperatures hotter than oak, Brackettes are ultra-eco logs with a wealth of benefits for the countryside and your wood burning stove. A valuable fuel source Now available online in 10Kg bags in our store Bracken fern is Britain's most common fern. It is also a highly invasive species, spreading through underground rhizomes and shading out the habitat for rarer plants. Fresh green bracken also contains a potentially compound called ptaquiloside. This compound has a detrimental...
  • Chimineas: a charming energy efficient outdoor heating solution

    An old fashioned chiminea for your garden; what could be better? As the warmer months begin to loom on the horizon, our thoughts naturally turn to relaxing days and evenings spent outside in the garden with a barbecue and good company. Even on the warmest of days, however, a chill can appear once the sun goes down, and you might be considering getting some kind of outdoor heating so you don't have to take your gatherings inside when evening arrives. Instead of a gas or electric outdoor heater, a chiminea is a great choice that not only provides an energy...
  • The natural, Eco friendly way to light your fire

    For years now everyone has struck a match, leaned into their fire or BBQ and lit one of those small and smelly firelighters which, eventually with a little help, burst into life and give a minute or so of burning. The best known of which are the petrol chemical based ones that come in small flat boxes, and when opened omit such a smell that it leaves your living room smelling like your local petrol forecourt. Well times have changed, and just like the computer replaced the type writer, so to these awful traditional white firelighters have been replaced with their...
  • How to run environmentally friendly wood burning stoves

    An estimated one million households in the UK now have a wood burning stove installed at home. Until fairly recently, they were a practical choice for heating the home in rural areas that weren't connected to the main gas supply. Homes in rural areas also tended to have easy access to firewood supplies if they lived near woodland. Environmentally Friendly Wood Burning Stoves are a great way to heat your home It's now the case that homes in more urban areas are also turning to environmentally friendly wood burning stoves. Not only are they a lovely way to heat your...

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