Logs Direct Blog

  • Using Peat Briquettes

    Peat briquettes are becoming more and more popular with fire lovers up and down the country as an alternative to logs and coal – it gives very little smoke and has a unique aroma when burned that many have fallen for. Just as important – it’s very easy to store (we ship it in bales) and is clean and easy to handle; there’s no soot or waste residue. Peat briquettes burn extremely hot, and as a result we recommend only using one briquette at a time – but the upside is that those briquettes hold a lot of...
  • More Snow Ahead

    Some parts of the country were lucky enough to enjoy a White Christmas, while others simply found themselves in the mists. Snow, wind, and rain have been a near-constant presence up and down the UK for weeks now. We hope you’ve kept as warm around the fire as we have! As we’ve said before, the logs and coal we sell are all products we use in our own fires. We know exactly what they can do to lift the mood in the home. They certainly helped keep us cheery through the holidays! Whether you had as good a...
  • How Long Should Wood Be Seasoned For?

    Before you add logs to your fire, it’s important to make sure they’re properly dry. A log should have a moisture level of less than 20%. There are two ways to dry your logs; kiln-drying and seasoning. Kiln-drying requires a kiln, so most people prefer seasoning. But seasoning can take a long time – literally seasons. It takes relatively little time for the ‘free water’ in wood to evaporate. Once it has, the wood will be down to around 30% moisture. It’s only then that the moisture in the wood’s cell walls will really begin to evaporate...
  • What Is Wet Wood?

    In our continued efforts to raise awareness of the benefits of ‘Ready to Burn’ wood, it’s worth considering what makes ‘wet wood’ an undesirable alternative. Wood sold under Woodsure’s ‘Ready to Burn’ label is wood that has been specifically kiln-dried and fully seasoned to reduce the amount of harmful emissions when it’s burned. This firewood generally has 20% less moisture than what would be considered ‘wet wood’ The Wastefulness of Wet Wood One of the reasons why there’s been an effort to move away from wet wood in recent years is because of the fact it’s a much less...
  • We’re Doing Our Part: Save the Red Squirrel

    Logs Direct is proud to support Red Squirrels Northern England, a local charity working to protect Britain’s much-loved red squirrel. Squirrels Under Threat As many of our readership will already know, the red squirrel is under threat, driven out from much of its traditional habitat by the grey squirrel. The situation has been getting steadily worse since the grey squirrel was first introduced to this country. Conservation Efforts Red Squirrels Northern England is a wide-scale conservation charity working to provide red squirrels with a safer habitat across the North of England. As well as donations, they accept and encourage...
  • Cold Weather, Hot Fires

    For those of us who enjoy the authentic warmth of an open fire, there’s no finer time than winter. There’s something truly seasonal and satisfying in being able to come in from the cold and warm up in front of a roaring flame. However, recent weather warnings show that it might be more important than usual to ensure that you keep your home toasty warm this winter. Fending Off the La Niña Cold This year the Met Office have warned that a full La Niña winter is coming. These weather events occur when there’s an extended period of abnormally...
  • Why Wet Wood Doesn’t Work

    In recent weeks, you may have seen people talking about making sure your firewood is below 20% moisture. If you don’t already know what that means, this can seem a little confusing, especially if the wood looks and feels dry to the touch and an expert is telling you it’s not. What 20% Moisture Actually Means It’s possible for a log to be over 100% on this scale – which happens when the log is so soaked that if you separated the water and the wood, the water would way more than the log. So a log isn’t...
  • Keep the Christmas Fires Burning

      “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Jack Frost nipping at your nose Yuletide carols being sung by the choir And folks dressed up like Eskimos” - The Christmas Song, Mel Torme When you think of Christmas, part of the mental picture is a roaring fire. Some people enjoy drinking mulled wine around their fireplace, or roasting chestnuts as in the song. Others simply gather around a source of warmth, light, and love in their home. Whatever the case, your Christmas fire is an essential part of the holiday. Here at Logs Direct, we want to make...
  • Winter Warmers are Here

    It’s still early October as we write this, and we may still be in autumn – but all over Facebook and other social media, our friends and relations are posting to note that the heating in their home is going on, or being set for longer – or that the first fire of the winter has been lit in their fireplace or their stove. As the days are getting colder, autumn is getting ready to pass – perhaps earlier than we might want it to. But for fire lovers, that brings with it a cheering thought; it’s time to...
  • Logs Direct Help Steer Air Quality Policy

    Logs Direct as solid fuel specialists have contributed to a Government consultation process focused on the increasing environmental issue of smog, which is badly affecting London and also becoming an issue in other cities. Logs Direct’s sales director and wood expert, Stephen Talbot, attended meetings with minister Thérèse Coffey, to help guide the thinking and discuss the real crux of the issue – the burning of unsuitable and wet wood in woodburners and other appliances, sales of which have rocketed in recent years. The result has been the creation of a solution that should ensure that homeowners only...

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