Logs Direct Blog

  • 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...
  • Thank You for Coming to Logfest!

    Thank You for Coming to Logfest! We held Logfest on the 22nd July to raise money for one of our favourite charities – Nurture Lakeland, who are looking to build a dedicated conservation area for the much-loved Red Squirrel. We’ve been working with Nurture Lakeland for some time now – we offer any customer who orders over the phone the opportunity to donate and a promise that we’ll match that donation – because we believe in their cause. Charity Begins at Home Logfest was a great success and we’d like to take a moment to personally thank everybody who...
  • Have You Found the Best Bedding for your Horse?

    Keeping your horse comfortable isn’t something anybody wants to skimp on. Like any beloved pet or service animal, we want to keep our family friends in the best state possible – and making sure your horse or horses have the best bedding available is important for that. So what’s the right way to go about this? Wood and Water Our solution uses wood pellets – made by heating the wood to dry it out much further than usual, then pressurising that wood into a pellet. No glues or additives are used; the pressure is enough. You add a...
  • Why Use Kiln Dried Logs?

    As the joy of a log fire in the winter is rediscovered by more and more of the UK year on year, it’s important to help newcomers to the log fire lifestyle understand how to make the most of it. We’re often asked why people would kiln dry logs before burning them, and it’s always asked by people who’ve ever never experienced a fire built with kiln dried logs or who don’t know that they have. What Makes Kiln Drying Effective? Each log, when cut, has a different level of internal moisture content. Logs with more moisture burn...

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