Here are some tips and ideas for making the most of your wood-burning stove. It’s that time of year again, summer is gone, and the nights are definitely drawing in. So now is the time to reawaken your fireplace or wood burner to keep that chill at bay.
While ordering your kiln-dried logs, here are some inexpensive inspirations to help create the perfect seasonal atmosphere in your home.
Using natural resources is one of the quickest ways to introduce the new autumn season to your home.
Pinecones can be found in abundance at this time of year. They are great for decorating your home and can also be used with our traditional firelighters to get a lovely blaze going as you start your fire.
Tip! Make sure to leave your pinecones somewhere warm to dry thoroughly. And try adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil before burning.
CITRUS – ORANGE AND LEMON SLICES
Citrus is a fresh fragrance that helps eliminate foul odours, first, slice your fruit then dry them slowly in the oven. These can then be added at the firelighters stage of building your fire.
Tip! Use dried apple slices for a sweeter, fruity scent.
I love the scent of cinnamon; it reminds me of apple pie and mulled wine. To create this pleasing and comforting aroma, you need one or two of these sticks to have the sweetest scent from your fire. Cinnamon comes from a tree’s bark, so it is naturally made for burning.
HERBS FROM THE GARDEN
You may have some sage, rosemary or lavender leaves in your garden. You could gather a few sprigs then allow them to dry naturally. Tied together, these make for a lovely subtle ‘bouquet garni’ for a fragrant fire.
FRAGRANT AND ESSENTIAL OILS
Lastly, if you have a favourite fragrance that can’t be sourced naturally, why not try some fragrant essential oils? Some of my favourites are eucalyptus, cedarwood, frankincense, sandalwood and juniper berry. A few drops added to your firewood before burning is all you need.
What will your home fragrance be this season? Do you have a favourite fragrance? We’d love to hear from you.
Have a great autumn/winter season with Nene Valley Firewood kiln-dried logs.
You will need kiln-dried wood to get the most efficiency from your fire or stove. With a moisture content below 20%, it is the best wood for your needs. Hardwood burns more efficiently than softer woods, so when it is available in the UK, we recommend kiln-dried hardwood as your number one option. This is available in big bags, cubic meters, which we can stack for you, or smaller nets, which can be bought 12, 30 or 65 at a time.