Logs Direct Blog

  • How to store kiln dried firewood

    We have written many articles on the benefits of using kiln dried logs (kiln dried logs will save you money, The Difference Between Seasoned And Kiln Dried Logs).  In these articles, we describe kiln dried logs and their many benefits.  You're sold, you want to buy them, there is just one stumbling block: storage.  You are still hesitant to invest in kiln dried logs as you’re not sure how to store them?   And you're right, storing logs can be tricky.  They are bulky and difficult to handle.  In many ways, coal and smokeless fuel has the storage advantage.   However, all is not...
  • What not to burn in 2017

    Everyone loves a wood fire. They're romantic, comforting and warming. If you choose the right fuel they're also a green and sustainable option. But if you're a log fire newbie, how do you know what not to burn? Green wood Tip: buy a moisture meter and ensure your firewood is seasoned to below 21% moisture. If you make the mistake of burning logs that haven't been properly dried and seasoned, you'll soon know about it. They're difficult to light because they're still full of water, and they burn horribly throwing out plenty of smoke and particulates. Hardly...
  • Your multi-fuel stove doesn't need to produce smoke

    If you live in a built-up area, you may believe that you can’t use coal due to smoke control regulations. While you can't use old-fashioned coal, you can use smokeless coal.  Furthermore. there are steps you can take to ensure that you do not produce too much smoke when you burn coal. We’ve listed these steps in today’s blog entry, in order to help you reduce smoke from your stove or fireplace. By following these steps, you can ensure that your stove produces minimal quantities of smoke and can be used in  built-up areas. 1. Don’t overload coal ...
  • Making your wood-burning stove more energy efficient

    Wood-burning stoves are a useful addition to many homes and have risen dramatically in popularity during the last decade. Not only do they look attractive and increase the retail value of your property, they also provide a cheap and efficient way of heating your whole house. Here are a few tips to ensure your wood-burner is as energy efficient as possible, enabling you to get the most heat for your money and cut down on your energy bills. Check the seals Use the paper test to test your woodstove seals every 3 months. The seals on...
  • A focus on burning Oak as firewood

    Our series of articles looking at the various species of tree that can be used as firewood continues with a British favourite: the mighty oak. The English oak (Quercus robur) is well known and popular, arguably having achieved the status of a national emblem. Oak forests have a very high value for wildlife, supporting more species than any of our other native trees. Their leaves, catkin flowers and acorns provide a lot of food opportunities, and crevices in the bark allow many creatures to set up home. Fallen oak leaves provide a rich soil environment, in which many invertebrates like...
  • Combining logs and coal

    You probably think of firewood logs and coal as completely separate fuels. However, it is possible to burn them together. That’s right: you can burn coal and logs in your fireplace simultaneously. But why might you opt to combine these two fuels? The best of both worlds Coal and logs combined — the best of both worlds Burning coal and wood simultaneously allows you to get the best of both worlds. Coal lasts longer and produces more heat than logs, but logs have a more pleasant aroma and look far better in your wood burner. By using...
  • A focus on burning Alder as firewood

    Opinions often vary on the use of Alder as a firewood.  We are positive, however, that it’s a quick-burning, fragrant wood.  It also makes for great kindling. However, before considering whether to add some Alder logs to your firewood stack, you might want to consider the properties of the tree and what that means for Alder as a solid fuel. About the alder tree A member of the birch family, there are different species of alder found around the globe. The black alder is native to Europe, with the larger red alder being found in North America. Alders are...
  • Is Ash a good firewood to burn on your woodburner?

    You might burn a fair few logs in your wood burner or stove, but how much do you know about the trees they come from? In this post (which will hopefully turn into a short series), we aim to get you better acquainted with the humble ash tree. The common ash (Fraxinus excelsior) is found across Europe, from Turkey to the Arctic Circle. The third most common tree in the British Isles, ash trees can live to 400 years old - even older if coppiced - and reach a height of 35m. How to identify an ash ...
  • How much coal should you buy for winter?

    We stand poised on the threshold between autumn and winter, which means now is the perfect time to stock up on coal. In many respects, home coal is the ultimate winter fuel: it burns hotter than other fuels and you need less of it to maintain your home’s temperature for long periods. The cost of coal is also lower than you might expect, meaning that it is a surprisingly cost-efficient fuel. But how much should you stock up on before winter begins? To answer this question, you need to take several factors into consideration. 1. How much fuel will...
  • Quality counts: why Logs Direct firewood is the best

    At Logs Direct, we only sell firewood of the highest quality. All our firewood is the right age for burning, has been dried for an appropriate length of time and has been stored correctly. But does this quality control make a difference? We believe that it does. We want to ensure that your firewood burns well and produces the clean, long-lasting fire you deserve. We’re proud of our firewood, which is why we’d like to give you some insight into the importance of each small factor that contributes to its overall quality. Age of firewood felled too young...

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