Logs Direct Blog

  • Seasoned firewood "Pass the salt and pepper" ?

    You’ve probably seen the term “seasoned firewood”, and wondered what it’s all about. Do our staff nip out to the piles of wood and sprinkle them generously with salt and pepper? Thankfully not. Seasoning firewood is all about sensible firewood storage. You all know that wet firewood is no good at all if you want a proper roaring fire, and therefore you’ve got to get the moisture content down for a really efficient burn. What does the firewood seasoning process entail? It all starts from when the trees you’re going to turn into firewood get cut down. Trees contain sap, which...
  • Why you should top up your top soil

    Top soil is a really under rated product; and not something you may know the benefits of until you give it a chance. It is exactly what it says – a top layer of garden soil. Normally, the top layer of soil would have received minerals from leaves and other natural materials which have decayed onto it, giving it plenty of nutrients to pass on to the plants you then choose to grow within it. Good quality topsoil is essential for your garden. Successful borders, lawn bases, raised beds and flower beds all depend on great soil. You can even...
  • 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 are...
  • 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 create a...
  • 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 fuel you...
  • 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 should. Storage of wood...
  • 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 tourism specialists...
  • 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 store...
  • 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 to be...

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