Logs Direct Blog

  • 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 less cleanly...
  • Do you know what charcoal is best for your barbecue?

    Now that summer is safely under the way, it’s time to seize the day and plan for your barbecue. That said, a British summer is always hard to plan around. The weather could turn for the worse at any minute. Lumpwood When it comes to charcoal, you have numerous options available for you. For the barbecue enthusiast that wants a more traditional edge to their outdoor cooking, lumpwood charcoal is your answer. This is a fast-lighting, hot and clean solution, though it burns up quicker than the alternative. Briquettes Briquettes are the best solution for the professional BBQ user.  They’re...
  • Don’t Miss Out on Logs Direct’s Log Fest

    On Saturday the 22nd July, Logs Direct will play host to Log Fest, a fun day out for all the family – and you’re all invited! With children’s’ entertainment laid on, music being performed and tours of our log yard and our production facility (including the chance to see kiln-drying logs), this is a great opportunity for a day out like no other. Your children will be eager beavers to see how firewood is made – and to help save the red squirrel.   Save the Squirrel Yes, that’s right – this event is in support of Nurture Lakeland, a...
  • Authentic London Pizza Aficonados Win Thanks To Wood

    A pizzeria that opened just three months ago has become a Logs Direct Woody Award winner, scooping one of the only awards in the restaurant sector that rewards chefs who cook with wood. The Rust Bucket Pizza Co, in Love Lane in Woolwich, is run by pizzaiolo and owner, Vito Marino – a committed foodie who says his passion stems from his heritage and the fact that his family has always created fresh and authentic Neapolitan dishes. The Neapolitan-style pizza he now produces in his eatery, which opened its doors in February, is made using high-quality and organic ingredients such...
  • Patio heating options this spring and summer

    As the nights draw out and the weather becomes warmer, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the fresh air on your patio. On chilly evenings, it’s nice to have a form of heating to add ambiance and warmth to your outside space. So, what are your options? Chimineas The Chiminea is the most popular form of outdoor heating. A very popular source of patio heating is the chiminea. A chiminea is simply a pear-shaped oven with a chimney that sits on a metal-legged stand. A door is fitted in the front of the chiminea into which you place seasoned firewood...
  • 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 coffee grounds...
  • 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 seems is not with...
  • 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...

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