Logs Direct Blog

  • 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...
  • No washout at this year's Cartmel Show!

    On Wednesday the 5th of August we set up shop at Cartmel Show, described as: "the most comprehensive and picturesque show in the north." The weather forecast certainly wasn't looking very picturesque ahead of the day and our team's enthusiasm for setting up and running the stall was at an all time low. Thankfully the weather forecast was way off - proving that even the forecasters can get it wrong sometimes! The morning dawned grey with the odd drop of rain, but after a soggy start things brightened up pretty quickly; for most of the day our stall...
  • Protect wood from the elements with a log store

    If you've invested in top quality logs for your wood burner or chiminea, the last thing you want is for your newly purchased wood to get damp. As anyone who has attempted a beach fire knows, moisture can make it much harder to light your logs, and by keeping them dry you can ensure they both burn cleanly and give off the maximum amount of heat possible. The best designed log stores not only protect fuel from the elements, but also allow air to circulate, lessening the likelihood of damp developing and keeping the logs as dry as possible...
  • The rapid rise of Korean barbecue

    Until recently, most people in the UK could not have named a single Korean dish, but now the popularity of this East Asian cuisine is rising fast. One Korean staple, the Korean barbecue (aka Samgyupsal), is lighting up the imaginations of restaurant-goers across the nation, drawn to the intense smoky, spicy flavours of lumpwood charcoal grilled meat. Furthermore, the chance to cook up specially selected meat to their own liking on their very own table-top charcoal barbecue makes for one of the most enjoyable features for fans of this signature Korean dish. Of course, this kind of barbecue...
  • Outdoor cooking with a chiminea

    They're the perfect outdoor heat source in the cooler spring and autumn months, but that's far from all that a chiminea is useful for. With the right technique it's possible to cook almost anything you'd put in the oven outdors in your chimenea. But get it wrong and you could find your sausages charred and your chicken pink, so read on for our top tips! Outdoor cooking in a chimenea Pick your cooking fuel carefully Coals or charcoals are the easiest fuels to use in a chiminea, largely because they're what we're used to. If you've been in...
  • UK smoke control areas - don't get caught out!

    There is nothing quite as comforting as thinking about a nice, welcoming wood burning stove, or perhaps a coal fire to make you feel at home. However, before you hurry into making any decisions about the type of appliance or fuel you want to use to heat your home, it's important to consider your surroundings. Many people, especially those moving into new areas, are astonished to realise certain places across the UK have smoke control rules. These UK smoke control rules basically mean that you aren't allowed to have smoke coming out of your chimney, unless you use particular...
  • Topsoil is a top tip for your garden

    If you’re looking to spruce up your garden ahead of the summer months, Logs Direct's topsoil is a quick and easy way to give your lawn and flowerbeds a new lease of life. The lawn takes a beating in the winter and over time in general, especially if you have children or pets that like to run rampant. While most come back strong in the spring, plenty of lawns develop bald patches and rough areas. There’s an easy fix, though: just fork in some new topsoil, sprinkle grass seed down and soon you’ll have a lush and smooth green...
  • Timothy Hay Five-a-day Luxury Rabbit & Guinea Pig Food Pet Competition!

    To mark the arrival of Log’s Direct’s new guinea pig, rabbit and small herbivore product, Nature’s Own Timothy Hay Five-A-Day Hay Luxury Rabbit & Guinea Pig Food, we are offering pet owners the opportunity to win a pack of this luxury, highly nutritious hay for their small cuddly friend. We have a pack of hay on stand-by for one lucky winner in each of the following postcode areas: PR; FY; LA, BB and lower CA postcodes covering the Central Lakes and Ravenglass areas. Additionally, we have a pack available for one of our online shoppers in another...
  • 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...

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