wood burning stove

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Decorate your home with logs

    Looking for hygge or a stunning feature wall? Decorate with logs Looking for hygge or a stunning feature wall? Decorate with logs There's no better way of creating hygge in your home than the crackling of logs burning in the fireplace. It's the very definition of 'cosy warmth'. But if your fireplace doesn't function, or if you simply want to add the beauty of wooden logs to your decor, then read on. Be bug free The first thing to consider when choosing decorative logs is to make sure they're bug free The...
  • Brackenburn Brackettes - the new superfuel?

    If you're an avid fan of Countryfile, you'll have seen their recent report on Brackenburn Brackettes, a new fuel made from 100% bracken. Burning at temperatures hotter than oak, Brackettes are ultra-eco logs with a wealth of benefits for the countryside and your wood burning stove. A valuable fuel source Now available online in 10Kg bags in our store Bracken fern is Britain's most common fern. It is also a highly invasive species, spreading through underground rhizomes and shading out the habitat for rarer plants. Fresh green bracken also contains a potentially compound called ptaquiloside. This compound...
  • Tips to make a romantic log fire

    There’s something intrinsically romantic about curling up with your significant other by a roaring log fireplace. If you’re in a relationship, a real log fireplace is a great way to help keep the flame of romance alive. However, installing a log fireplace is only the first step. There are several ways you can make your fireplace even more romantic. And we’d like to discuss them in today’s blog entry. If you and your significant other want to ensure that your fireplace can create a loving, intimate atmosphere, these tips will help. 1. Choose the right type of firewood logs ...
  • 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...
  • Bracketts — The new stove fuel alternative made from bracken

    31/10/2016 UPDATE: We have now introduced a 150kg bulk deal for £97.50.  This deal saves £6.99 over the regular price and includes free Nationwide delivery. 28/10/2016 UPDATE: Now available Nationwide with free delivery in our online store for £6.99 per 10kg bag. Starting on Monday 24th October 2016, Logs direct are the first Northern retailer to start stocking Brackettes. What are Brackettes, you may be asking? Introducing 'Bracketts' — the new sustainable alternative biomass fuel source... Brackenburn brackettes, made from bracken, are a great wood fuel alternative Brackettes are the new briquette super fuel, which have recently...

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