I may be writing this in the bleak midwinter but by the time you read this, you could well be in the throes of warm spring sunshine or even the summer of 2020.
If so, there’s a very good chance you will not want to read about wood fuels, chimineas and keeping warm… unless you have a lot of spare heat logs or all night briquettes left over from winter.
In order to keep your wood fuels perfect for when the cold comes back in, you need to look after it and here at Lekto, we want to make sure that happens.
So, here’s a list of what you need to do now, so that your hardwood logs still burn when winter arrives…
Finding a suitable place to store your wood fuel
Ideally, this needs to be inside, such as a wood shed or garage. If left outside, however, your products should be fine, so long as you have a roof of some kind (possibly over your drive).
If you have only a small amount left from the winter, both our night briquettes and hardwood logs can be used to make very effective decorations inside the home, such as by the fireplace or even around the mantelpiece.
Keeping your wood fuel off the ground
If your storage location is outside, we would strongly suggest you leave them on cement or concrete paving, as soil or dirt (even if it’s dry) can affect both the logs and briquettes.
If possible, place the wood on a storage board. This will keep your logs or briquettes off the ground and, consequently, make it tougher for bacteria and bugs to affect them.
Stacking your wood fuel effectively
By buying Lekto Night Briquettes or Heat Logs, your items will be delivered in cardboard boxes and, inside them, they will be packaged in clear plastic wrapping. This should make them so much easier to store when we have seen the last of winter.
If you have already disposed of the cardboard boxes and plastic packaging, loose all night briquettes can be stacked safely on top of each other, while we recommend your heat logs be stacked in rows, but with each row facing the opposite direction to the one underneath.
Keeping your wood fuel covered
Again, if you are keeping your fire logs outside - we totally get it if there’s not enough space inside your home - you need a cover, such as a tarp, to keep your wood fuel as dry as possible. Of course, throughout the warmer months, this should not really be an issue, but as it turns colder and possibly, damper, you must ensure your heat logs are sufficiently covered. You do not want to go through a long time of keeping wood fuels, only for it to get to the crucial part of the year and for your logs to be soggy or your briquettes to be wet.
Making sure your wood fuel is ready for use
Speaking of the crucial part of the year - and we don’t mean to count away the days of 2020 - but looking ahead to next winter, you want to make sure your wood is dry and therefore, usable. Drier wood will be lighter than any logs or briquettes that may have become damp during the year.
After keeping it for a year, there may be a slight trial and error element to using your wood fuels again. Some may well be as effective as if they were fresh out of the box, while others may not burn as brightly or for as long as desired.
If this is the case, you are more than welcome to buy Heat Logs here
If you require any more Night Briquettes, they can also be purchased here