restaurants

  • Dual purpose wood stove: heats your home and cooks your food

    Wood stoves are growing in popularity.  Many of us are constantly reviewing our lifestyles to see how we can reduce our outgoings and revert to more traditional and natural methods of running our house.  A wood stove can help both reduce our outgoings and return to a more ancestral way of life. Your wood burning heat stove is primarily designed to heat a room.  Although not specifically designed to cook on, if the surface is large and flat enough to hold a pan, it can be used to heat food. A wood cooking stove is designed...
  • 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...
  • The rapid rise of Korean barbecue

    Until recently, most people in the UK could not have named a single Korean dish, but now the popularity of this East Asian cuisine is rising fast. One Korean staple, the Korean barbecue (aka Samgyupsal), is lighting up the imaginations of restaurant-goers across the nation, drawn to the intense smoky, spicy flavours of lumpwood charcoal grilled meat. Furthermore, the chance to cook up specially selected meat to their own liking on their very own table-top charcoal barbecue makes for one of the most enjoyable features for fans of this signature Korean dish. Of course, this kind of barbecue...
  • Outdoor cooking with a chiminea

    They're the perfect outdoor heat source in the cooler spring and autumn months, but that's far from all that a chiminea is useful for. With the right technique it's possible to cook almost anything you'd put in the oven outdors in your chimenea. But get it wrong and you could find your sausages charred and your chicken pink, so read on for our top tips! Outdoor cooking in a chimenea Pick your cooking fuel carefully Coals or charcoals are the easiest fuels to use in a chiminea, largely because they're what we're used to. If you've been in...
  • The natural, Eco friendly way to light your fire

    For years now everyone has struck a match, leaned into their fire or BBQ and lit one of those small and smelly firelighters which, eventually with a little help, burst into life and give a minute or so of burning. The best known of which are the petrol chemical based ones that come in small flat boxes, and when opened omit such a smell that it leaves your living room smelling like your local petrol forecourt. Well times have changed, and just like the computer replaced the type writer, so to these awful traditional white firelighters have been replaced with their...
  • 'Woody Awards' for wood-fired restaurants and caterers

    Today marks the launch of the new Logs Direct ‘Woody Awards’ – striking and stylish wooden awards that are set to reward eateries around Britain that cook pizza, meat, fish and other dishes with a roaring wood-fired oven. Woody Awards are all about discovering wood fired cooking heroes The Logs Direct Woody Awards are all about discovering food heroes who cook with wood and who delight diners with their wood-fired culinary creations. We have 12 awards up for grabs – one per month – and will be awarding our May Woody, with a bit of razzmattazz...

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