Logs Direct Blog

  • ‘Piccante’ Set To Become A ‘Gigante’ In The Pizza Trade

    Specialist wood and charcoal supplier to the restaurant trade, launched their new product ‘Piccante’ at the European Pizza and Pasta Show in November 2017 set to be a ‘gigante’ in the pizza world. Logs Direct has already taken giant steps since it diversified four years ago from its core trade of supplying fuel for wood-burning stoves, to a position in which it now provides logs for pizza oven chefs.  Now, it is launching an own-brand product with a quirky twist in the name, using the Italian word for hot in the culinary sense, rather than that referring to calorific...
  • 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...
  • Are You Ready for Bonfire Night?

    While the fireworks are a big part of everyone’s Guy Fawkes celebrations, without that big bonfire on which to hurl the Guys, the event’s missing something. A big community bonfire will often see some discarded furniture and other things to bulk it up, but to make sure that fire burns hot and properly, you’re going to need seasoned, prepared firewood.     We recommend some of our softwood logs be added to the build to give it an initial heat and get the burn started, though depending on how long your celebrations run, you may...
  • Why Aren’t You Burning 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...
  • The Benefits of a Smokehouse

    Over the past couple of decades, Britain’s fallen in love with wood-fired pizzas and discovered the extra flavour a wood-smoked barbecue can impart. The result is that smoking food is no longer something only restaurants and the most dedicated of fishermen do. Instead, it’s something anyone with room to set up a smoker has thought about doing. And why not? Smoked Food at Home A full-scale smokehouse or even a smaller smoking chamber can be home-built. It’s an impressive DIY project, but it’s not out of the question. You’ll want it lined with tin or aluminium sheeting to keep...
  • The Beauty of Norwegian Wood

    The Beauty of Norwegian Wood Norwegian Wood is a non-fiction book by Scandinavian novelist Lars Mytting. The English translation earned the British Book Industry Awards’ Non-Fiction Book of the Year title for 2016 – and more than half a million copies have been sold in all languages. Norway’s Love of Wood For the Norwegians, your home’s woodstove is almost a sacred thing; it’s a source of heat and light in an emergency even today, but it began as the central point of the home; much of household culture there developed around it. Second most sacred is the woodpile –...
  • How to Light the Perfect Fire

    How to Light the Perfect Fire   Getting the perfect fire going in your fireplace or stove can take a little time, especially if you’re not yet used to lighting fires or feel out of practice. We recommend that you practice often, with plenty of roaring fires! However, most of all, we thought we’d offer a few tips. Assemble your Tools To light your fire, you’ll want a long match or taper (and possibly even some spares!), eight pieces of wood kindling, three small kiln dried hardwood logs and one wood wool firelighter. These will...
  • Have Your Say: The Community Poll

    As you may know, at Logs Direct we run a community poll regularly. The current question? Your favourite species of wood to burn. Currently Ash is easily leading the field with over half of the vote, while Oak has a little over a quarter and Alder brings up the rear. If you haven’t already voted, there’s still time – but are you prepared for the vote? Putting them to the Test You can order one of our speciality Kiln Dried Hardwood Crates  – this would come to you as a specific wood type including Oak, Ash, Birch, and...
  • Seasoning Wood

    Getting Wood ready for the fire There are two key ways to prepare your firewood for a modern wood burning stove, they can be Placed in a modern commercial  Biomass fired kiln where  careful monitoring  with  specialist equipment is needed to reduce the moisture in as little as 12-16 days to the required level, but it is a very expensive option. Seasoning wood is simpler, though it takes much longer. It’s often treated as a two-step process. Fresh Felled to Air Dry Fresh felled wood can have a moisture content of up to 75% -over half of the weight...

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