Logs Direct Blog

  • Three fuels for spring

    Across Britain, the first delicate clusters of blossom have appeared on the trees and the bitter chill of the winter months has begun to abate. March has arrived and so has spring. It is the season of renewal and rebirth in which animals come out of hibernation and formerly-skeletal trees return to life. It is also the time of year when the weather loses its harshness and becomes warmer and more pleasant. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t need any fuel during this season. The weather may be comparatively clement in spring, but you can’t abandon your fireplace and fuel...
  • National Homebuilding and renovating show 2017

    What a show! It was great to see so many familiar (and new) faces at the National Homebuilding and renovating show once again. The show attracted the largest ever gathering of discerning buyers over the four days it was on. All looking for good quality well created products for anybody interested in recreating anything from the garden to the kitchen. A good number of customers we saw on the stand said we never knew you sold so many product lines?  Here’s a rundown of the stand-outs: Coffee logs – this amazing new solid biofuel made from your recycled...
  • Mushroom compost or topsoil

    Now that spring is almost upon us and the days are becoming brighter and warmer, you probably want to spend more time out in your garden. You may even wish to invest your time and energy into cultivating it. In order to do that, you will need either compost or topsoil. Luckily, we sell both here at Logs Direct. In addition to our many solid fuel options, we also supply our customers with mushroom compost (recently championed by Monty Don in the 2017 episode 2 of Gardener's World)  and excellent topsoil. We even offer bark mulch, which can be used to...
  • Are woodburners really to blame for the London smog?

    As air pollution levels exceeded those of Beijing in London of late, fingers were pointed at the number of woodburners in use in the capital. The demand for woodburning stoves has tripled in the last five years as Londoners are experiment with going partially off-grid to combat rising fuel prices. However, with 175,000 woodburning stoves being installed across the country every year, are they really to blame for the level of air pollution in London? Unseasoned logs: bad for the environment, bad for health Wet wood uses energy to burn. Don't do it! The problem it...
  • Burning Birch as firewood

    Continuing with our series of articles looking at the various types of wood that you can burn in your wood burner or stove, we turn our attention this time to birch. There are two species of birch native to the UK. The first is silver birch (Betula pendula), a striking, medium-sized deciduous tree that is found throughout Europe. The second is downy birch (Betula pubescens), another deciduous broadleaf tree. It is native to northern Europe and northern Asia. The two species easily hybridise. The light and open canopy of birch woodlands (populated with either species or both) offers ideal conditions...
  • Beans mean fuel: brand new coffee logs

    We're excited about a new product we're stocking, bio-bean coffee logs. These new eco logs, from the award winning bio-bean clean technology company, burn hotter and longer than wood and they're clean too. What better use for the grounds from the 55 million cups of coffee we drink a day than to turn them into an incredible biofuel? The Science Museum called coffee logs an 'outstanding' use of what otherwise goes to landfill, or the incinerator. Bean to stove When Arthur Kay came up with the idea for bio-bean in 2013, he was still a student...
  • Addressing compost concerns with Yorganics

    Using compost as part of your gardening or grounds keeping is a great and environmentally friendly solution, but not all composts are the same. Composts vary in terms of where they come from and how they are made. The history behind peat compost Yorganics is a great alternative to peat based compost Peat compost was championed by producers in the 1950s.  Peat is relatively light and therefore far cheaper to transport than heavy loam-based mediums.  With increasing environmental concerns over diminishing pristine peatlands — and compost being by far and away the principal use — peat-free compost...
  • 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 ...

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