Logs Direct Blog

  • Three surprising ways to dispose of barbecue charcoal

    Lumpwood charcoal is primarily used as an efficient and easy-to-use fuel for barbecues and other pieces of outdoor cooking apparatus. In fact, the charcoal we sell here at Logs Direct is a genuinely market leading outdoor fuel. Charcoal isn’t just a fuel —it is a versatile substance with many other uses.  Accordingly, we’ve decided to provide you with a compendium of charcoal’s more unusual functions and how you can dispose of any leftover charcoal in a beneficial way. You’ll be delighted by how useful this simple solid fuel can be. Supplementing your compost or garden mulch Lumpwood...
  • Why your restaurant should switch to lumpwood BBQ charcoal

    If you’re cooking on a grill professionally, or even if you’re just serious about your home BBQ setup, you’ll want the very best food and the very best fuel. While Logs Direct can’t bring you the food, what we can offer is the best quality ‘restaurant grade’ lumpwood charcoal, designed especially for the restaurant and catering trades. What’s the difference between lumpwood charcoal and briquettes anyway? All forms of charcoal are wood, burned without any oxygen present; lumpwood charcoal is the result of that process — nothing else.  Charcoal briquettes (often labelled as “instant light charcoal”) are...
  • Why you need a wood fired outdoor pizza oven

    What's not to love about pizza? For one they're smothered in cheese, which is an instant win for most people, but what makes this Italian dish a real winner is its capacity for versatility – you really can make it 'your way'. If you're a bit of a foodie, only a freshly made pizza will do, and if you're a foodie that also fancies yourself as a bit of a chef, home made pizza is probably your thing. Any foodie knows that the best way to fire up a pizza is in a wood burning pizza oven. Wood fired ovens...
  • Why you should use restaurant grade barbecue charcoal at home

    Increasingly, home cooks are turning to restaurant grade produce and equipment when it comes to those special meals. From the flourish of a white egg shell to exotic meats and vegetables, a blazing pizza oven, chiminea or tandoor in the garden is an increasingly common sight. If you're making that sort of effort to get an authentic end result for the finest home cooking or to impress your guests, then going the whole hog with restaurant grade charcoal is another logical step. Restaurant grade charcoal can be lit without the need for toxic chemicals which have been...
  • Chimineas: a charming energy efficient outdoor heating solution

    An old fashioned chiminea for your garden; what could be better? As the warmer months begin to loom on the horizon, our thoughts naturally turn to relaxing days and evenings spent outside in the garden with a barbecue and good company. Even on the warmest of days, however, a chill can appear once the sun goes down, and you might be considering getting some kind of outdoor heating so you don't have to take your gatherings inside when evening arrives. Instead of a gas or electric outdoor heater, a chiminea is a great choice that not only provides...
  • Using wood chip and bark mulch for gardening and landscaping

    Sometimes known by its slightly less attractive name of “mulch”, it is exactly what its name says – chips of wood and/or bark. Bark, mulch or wood chip is a fantastic and natural addition to your garden beds. Scatter a layer of it over the top soil (top soil is also available from Logs Direct) and you will give the soil an added natural chemical-free layer of protection.   The mulch has many benefits.  It sits on the top of your soil like a warm duvet, protecting delicate plant roots from fluctuations in temperature and weather. It regulates your soil ecology, helping flowers and...
  • Know your charcoal types

    Are you burning the right type of charcoal? A trusty stalwart of barbecues summer in, summer out, charcoal is a fuel we're all familiar with. But how well do you know the different types of charcoal, and how do you decide which type to buy? Here we'll run through the different kinds, looking at the particular quirks of each. Lumpwood charcoal In the process commonly used to make charcoal, wooden logs are stacked in pits in the ground and covered over with metal and soil. The pile is then lit and the wood left to smoulder...
  • Seasoned firewood "Pass the salt and pepper" ?

    You’ve probably seen the term “seasoned firewood”, and wondered what it’s all about. Do our staff nip out to the piles of wood and sprinkle them generously with salt and pepper? Thankfully not. Seasoning firewood is all about sensible firewood storage. You all know that wet firewood is no good at all if you want a proper roaring fire, and therefore you’ve got to get the moisture content down for a really efficient burn. What does the firewood seasoning process entail? It all starts from when the trees you’re going to turn into firewood get cut down. Trees contain sap...
  • Why you should top up your top soil

    Top soil is a really under rated product; and not something you may know the benefits of until you give it a chance. It is exactly what it says – a top layer of garden soil. Normally, the top layer of soil would have received minerals from leaves and other natural materials which have decayed onto it, giving it plenty of nutrients to pass on to the plants you then choose to grow within it. Good quality topsoil is essential for your garden. Successful borders, lawn bases, raised beds and flower beds all depend on great soil. You can even...
  • Celebrate National Gardening Week

    Celebrate National Gardening Week 11-17 April 2016 It's still a long way from summer, when our gardens come alive with the smell of BBQs, but National Gardening Week - taking place from Monday 11th to Sunday 17th April - marks the start of the UK's gardening season. As spring begins to shine through, it's time to unlock the shed, dust down the mower, pull together all your tools and prepare to spruce up your garden ahead of the warmer months. If you are looking for inspiration, National Gardening Week offers a few places to start. On the Monday, there...

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