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Cleaning Your Wood Burner: The How & Why

By |2023-09-15T12:24:30+01:00September 15th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

With winter fast approaching and the prospect of cosy nights around a roaring fire, it is important to make sure your log burner is safe for the season ahead. Like any appliance in the home, wood burners require regular maintenance. Cleaning your wood burner is important not only for health and safety reasons but it [...]

How To Choose The Best Firewood For You

By |2023-09-08T09:33:40+01:00September 8th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

If you are new to your log burner, choosing the right logs can be a minefield. But it pays to do your research to ensure the logs you purchase will provide you with efficient, clean burning for maximal heat output. We would always recommend kiln-dried logs over seasoned logs as they have been dried in [...]

Fire Safety Practices At Home

By |2023-07-26T12:28:11+01:00July 26th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

Fire has been significant in shaping human civilization, technological advancements and cultural beliefs. It has provided humans with a means of cooking, warmth and shelter, protection and defense, as well as communication and signaling to name but a few. However, its is well known how destructive fire can be. It can quickly rage out of control [...]

Building A Safe And Responsible Campfire

By |2023-07-26T12:37:56+01:00June 26th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

It's that time of year when people go on well deserved breaks from their daily life. One of our favourite choices at Nene Valley Firewood is a camping trip. Not only does camping tend to keep costs to a minimum, but it is great to immerse in nature and escape the every day rush. Camping [...]

How To Make The Perfect Wood-Fired Pizza

By |2023-06-14T09:03:08+01:00June 14th, 2023|Categories: Hardwood, Kiln Dried Wood, Tips, Uncategorised|Tags: , , , , |

Wood-fired pizzas have a rich historical and cultural heritage. The use of wood-fired ovens for baking bread and pizzas dates back centuries and is deeply rooted in various culinary traditions worldwide. The aroma of the wood smoke and the warmth of the oven has long been a focal point for many social gatherings where people [...]

Woodchip – The Versatile and Eco-Friendly Gardening Product

By |2023-07-26T12:40:29+01:00May 31st, 2023|Categories: Garden Products, Sustainability, Tips|Tags: , , , |

Summer is well on the way (with the exception of a few rogue days) and we are loving getting stuck in to some gardening! Gardening can be a rewarding and enjoyable activity for many people and has numerous positive benefits on mental well being, creativity and environmental sustainability to name but a few. With [...]

Mental Health Benefits Of Outdoor Dining

By |2023-07-26T12:36:31+01:00May 17th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

This week is Mental Health Awareness week. Although the complexity and wide reaching effects of mental health cannot be addressed in one week, the week is crucial in raising awareness and promoting understanding of mental health issues. It provides an opportunity to discuss the importance of mental well-being, reduce stigma, and encourage support [...]

How To Store Your Kiln-Dried Logs

By |2022-03-30T11:48:02+01:00March 30th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|

Kiln-dried logs are the crème de la crème of firewood. Although slightly more expensive, you will certainly notice the difference in burn quality and duration. Kiln-dried logs reduce the amount of harmful toxins being realised into the atmosphere compared to unseasoned/seasoned firewood as well as protecting the longevity of your log burner. It is therefore [...]

What are we doing to reduce our environmental impact?

By |2021-11-17T13:25:21+00:00November 17th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|Tags: , , , , |

In the wake of COP26 and with extreme weather events on the increase it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the serious global challenges we face. However, we believe that a lot of difference can be made on an individual level. By each one of us committing to making small but consistent changes, it can [...]

Why are kiln-dried logs better?

By |2021-07-12T10:04:11+01:00June 22nd, 2021|Categories: Hardwood, Kiln Dried Wood, Safety advice, Tips|Tags: , , , , |

Not only are kiln dried logs more efficient and better value, firewood is now legally required to be sold with a moisture content below 20%. Traditionally, logs sold for firewood have been seasoned which means they are left to dry naturally. However, the seasoning process has since been recognised as insufficient as logs were still harbouring [...]

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