Logs Direct Blog

  • 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...
  • Pizza Log Sales Prove Red-Hot For Wood-Fuel Supplier

    Lancashire-based wood and solid-fuel supplier, Logs Direct, is celebrating the success of its brand-new pizza oven log, Piccante, following its launch in November 2017. The compressed, virgin-beech pizza log was launched at the European Pizza and Pasta Show, staged at Olympia in London, where it instantly caught the eye of restaurateurs with wood-fired pizza ovens. The product benefits – being completely food-safe and HACCP and carbon tax-compliant – have attracted chefs wanting to do everything possible to comply with food and environmental regulations. ‘Piccante’ logs are free from additives, glues and adhesives.  These Italian-made eco-logs create neither...
  • 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...
  • ‘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...

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