Logs Direct Blog

  • 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 become a...
  • 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...
  • Rescue red squirrels this Christmas

    Red Squirrel by Peter Skillen Christmas is traditionally the season of goodwill and this year we're celebrating the festive season here at Logs Direct by introducing our new scheme that aims to raise cash to help support wildlife experts working to protect the native red squirrels, an endangered species. The red squirrel is one of Great Britain's most iconic native creatures, and its endangerment has long been a source of angst for environmentalists and nature lovers alike. Customers will be able to make a voluntary online donation alongside their order which will be processed by Nurture Lakeland, responsible...
  • Build your own log store

    There are a wide variety of options open to owners of wood burning stoves when it comes to choosing fuel. Logs Direct can provide kiln dried logs that are ready to be thrown on the fire and will produce the maximum possible amount of heat along with the least smoke. A cheaper option is to buy unseasoned logs. These contain moisture and will need to be stored outside for six to 12 months in order to dry them out and make them ready to burn. This is where a log store comes in. You can build your own log...
  • Maintain your chimney now and reap the rewards in winter

    While time in the sun is great, the prospect of cosy winter evenings in front of a crackling fire is hard to beat, and a little time spent preparing your wood burner, stove and chimney, and replenishing your fuel stocks, will make easy work of the transition from summer to the cooler months ahead. Maintain Your Chimney Open fires If you have an open fire, or operate a stove that requires ventilation through your chimney, then you should consider carrying out some maintenance now in order to keep your heating working effectively and safely. Chimneys and flues need...
  • Getting your chiminea ready for hibernation

    Summer, the traditional season of the chiminea, is over, and we’re heading into the chillier months of autumn and winter. Most people abandon their chiminea when the mercury starts falling, and their faithful friend is chucked into a garage or shed, to begin its winter hibernation. Have you ever thought about not giving up on the chiminea during the cold months though? There are plenty of things you can do with it. Safety first – remember that chimineas are for outdoor use, and should never be lit indoors. If you’re looking for a log burner to heat your house...
  • How to make your coal fire more energy efficient

    There's something about an open fire that captures the im agination in a way that gas and electricity just can't match. As the temperature starts to drop and the nights begin to draw in, the idea of cosy winter nights around the fireplace can be very appealing. But while a coal fire can be aesthetically appealing, it can also require extra attention to get the best results. The first thing any homeowner should do when it comes to improving the energy efficiency of an open fire is to ensure that they're using the highest quality fuels. Our house coal is...

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