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  • Three top tips to reduce your energy bills

    As winter approaches, most of us resign ourselves to the fact that our fuel bills are about to go through the roof. Aside from the obvious use of the central heating system, we have a tendency to cook more hot meals during the winter. All of this means extra money will be shelled out on our energy bills, so here are a few tips for keeping them down. 1. Make the most of your log burner If you are lucky enough to have a log burner in your house, wood logs are a cheap and environmentally friendly alternative to central...
  • Anthracite & peat briquettes — two fuel options you may not have considered

    Millions of people across the United Kingdom have wood burners in their homes, and many of them use firewood as their main fuel, whether that's hardwood or softwood logs. However, there are plenty of other fuel options out there, so to give you more of a choice, here are two that you may not have considered for your home. Peat briquettes Peat briquettes are usually formed of dried and pressed vegetable fibres, and are a great alternative to burning wood or coal in your home. Peat has been used as a fuel for fires for thousands of years, but recent...
  • Coal - the rock that fueled a nation

    As winter approaches, we get closer to that archetypal British tradition of relaxing in front of a fire during the dark and often dreary winter months. When you take your first coal delivery of the winter, consider that 300 years ago, the dusty black, carbon-based, sedimentary rock you will use to warm your home played a vital role in allowing the United Kingdom to become one of the world's most rapidly evolving nations. British coal production had reached 16 million tonnes by the Napoleonic War in 1815, and the reason was down to its versatility. Town gas, homes, electricity...
  • 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...

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