Logs Direct Blog

  • Homegrown firewood or imported firewood?

    The question of whether to source UK homegrown firewood, or imported wood, is one talked about on an almost daily basis in the winter fuels business. Should we use exclusively home-grown timber or, should some wood be sourced from overseas? Log pile in Latvia The answer is, in fact simple: It is impossible to sustainably fuel the UK’s growing wood fuel and biomass demand on exclusively home grown timber. From inception, Logs Direct have supported local estates, both in Lancashire and Cumbria. We made the decision to buy from smaller estates who were more open to...
  • 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...
  • Homemade Wood Chip for Our Biomass Boiler

    Well our brand new boiler is running well and the mountain of waste wood we've built up is slowly going down! Still, I think this may take a few years before we really make a dint on it. It's been collecting for quite some time. In one respect it's great as we don't have to buy and feed stock in, but the down side is we have to break up all our old pallets and chip them. The idea of a chipper is to create wood chips or flakes that are suitable as fuel to be used in the...
  • 2 Products to Improve Your Flower Beds

      The evenings are getting lighter and when the weekends arrive there's a real smell of spring in the air. What a perfect time for you to look at ways to improve your flower beds. Mushroom Compost Mushroom compost is perfect to reinvigorate a flower bed and bulk it up again, and it's also ideal to mix in with soil when you are creating or topping up your veg patch, as well as helping with drainage. Traditionally, mushroom compost has been made with well-rotted stable manure, but mushroom compost nowadays is generally made using composted straw. Either of these...
  • A Day in the Lake District: Removing Tree Guards

    We've recently had a gorgeous day up in the Lake District as part of our efforts to improve local woodland. The temperature was just above freezing and the mountains had a lovely covering of snow. Summer or winter, it's hard to beat the Lake District for the best of English beauty. Our trip was to work in a wood that we planted 5 years ago. The ground was previously planted with oak, ash, holly and silver birch, and when these were planted we fitted each with a Tubex tree guard for protection. These tree guards have played a large...
  • 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...
  • How to Improve Your Garden With Just Top Soil and Leaves

    We have found the popularity of good quality top soil is steadily rising year on year, and do you know why? How to improve your garden is a question often asked. The recent trend in weather is becoming more and more unpredictable, making it difficult to know when it's the best time to lay your turf and plant your flowers. This means that getting a sample of soil that can be used all year round, come rain or shine, is increasingly the solution that people are turning to when it comes to their garden. This top soil produces...
  • Logs Direct Named Biomass Suppliers for Renewable Heat Incentive

    As another chilly week goes by in our little yard, we are proud to have achieved yet another accreditation. Logs Direct can now be found on the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL), which is excellent news for all of our customers who want to get in on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), as well as for all of our customers who enjoy knowing that their firewood is environmentally and responsibly sourced. The Renewable Heat Incentive is the government's way of rewarding households which generate energy from biomass fuels, such as Logs Direct's very own virgin naturally seasoned and virgin forced...
  • Logs Direct New Boiler

    With winter really starting to take force and everyone's fires burning long into the night, we're doing our bit to meet the rising demand for our fuel. This means we've added a new boiler to the log yard, and we now have it up and running to help us produce even more kiln dried logs and kindling. The boiler itself is a great device, and helps us stay green by getting its power from all our own wood waste. All those damaged pallets that can't be re-used and waste wood from the bagging lines that can't be put in a...
  • Why Use Kiln Dried Firewood?

    Why should you burn kiln dried wood to heat your home instead of normal seasoned wood? There is so much that you can burn on an open fire so why should you choose one particular product over another? Why, for example, should you burn kiln dried wood as your product of choice? Kiln dried firewood has an extremely low moisture content and as such it reaches its optimum temperature very quickly, which is ideal if you’re just coming in from work and need to get some heat into your house very quickly. Kiln dried hardwood is also extremely...

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