Firewood Species

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Tips to make a romantic log fire

    There’s something intrinsically romantic about curling up with your significant other by a roaring log fireplace. If you’re in a relationship, a real log fireplace is a great way to help keep the flame of romance alive. However, installing a log fireplace is only the first step. There are several ways you can make your fireplace even more romantic. And we’d like to discuss them in today’s blog entry. If you and your significant other want to ensure that your fireplace can create a loving, intimate atmosphere, these tips will help. 1. Choose the right type of firewood logs ...
  • Bracketts — The new stove fuel alternative made from bracken

    31/10/2016 UPDATE: We have now introduced a 150kg bulk deal for £97.50.  This deal saves £6.99 over the regular price and includes free Nationwide delivery. 28/10/2016 UPDATE: Now available Nationwide with free delivery in our online store for £6.99 per 10kg bag. Starting on Monday 24th October 2016, Logs direct are the first Northern retailer to start stocking Brackettes. What are Brackettes, you may be asking? Introducing 'Bracketts' — the new sustainable alternative biomass fuel source... Brackenburn brackettes, made from bracken, are a great wood fuel alternative Brackettes are the new briquette super fuel, which have recently...
  • Eco logs: their benefits vs. traditional firewood

    An increasing number of our customers ask us about Eco Logs, specifically, Blazers Eco Logs. But what exactly are Eco Logs and what are their benefits (and shortcomings) over traditional logs? As you may or may not be aware, Eco Logs are an eminently practical alternative to old-fashioned firewood logs. They are made from sawdust, wood-shavings (and other offcuts/ waste from the timber industry) that have been heated and mechanically-compressed to form a briquette of highly-concentrated calorie-dense fuel. They contain no artificial chemicals or additives — they are a pure organic biomass — and can...
  • What is the best fuel to heat my home?

    Choosing the right fuel or right amount of fuel can often be a challenge especially to people new to solid fuel burning. There is often so much of a choice and picking the correct fuel for yourself can be a real struggle. So here at Logs Direct we have decided to write a blog about it to hopefully make things clearer. First of all it is important to consider where you live. A percentage of Great Britain is affected by smoke control rules. This is generally inner city areas, and this can have a significant effect on what...
  • A source for top class quality decorative logs

    Sourcing good quality decorative logs is a well kept secret in the UK. A growing number of people love using decorative logs to enhance their homes and fireplaces.  They are a fabulous decorative feature, but most if us would never think about where to buy good quality decorative logs? A decorative log nook, or wall feature, is the ideal way to store logs in or near your fireplace through the summer months — it seasons the firewood even further, adds a lovely aroma and, when done well, looks fabulous next to your fireplace or stove. Decorative Logs in...
  • Try Something New: Alder as Firewood

    One of our most popular woods over the past year has been alder, a lovely, red-tinted, fruity smelling species that has long been overlooked. It seems like now alder's time has come, as more and more people are making special requests for the unique properties it has. So what are those unique properties? Fast Lighting Although it is a hardwood, the loose open grains in alder ensures that it will catch fire and burn quite quickly, ideal for heating your home in a hurry. This means that even on an open fire, you can be sure to get a good...

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