As the weather warms more and more of us are getting outdoors and enjoying our gardens. If you have a BBQ, Chiminea, Pizza Oven or Fire Pit then you’ll also be using woodfuels such as logs and kindling as well. Here are our top tips to make sure you get the best from these fuels and stay safe at the same time.
Keep The Wood Dry
Wet wood is harder to light, is more likely to spit, and will produce less heat and a shorter burn time than dry wood. All of our woodfuel products are naturally low in moisture so make sure you store them in a cool, dry place before you use them. You’ll then need to keep them away from accidental spills and protected from sudden showers during use. And remember to bring the unused wood back in on a night, the morning dew or a bit of mist and fog can make that wood wet again.
Clean Appliances Regularly
To help your wood logs burn well it is important to clean your appliances regularly to remove the build-up of creosote and ash. Read this blog for some great ideas on what you can do with your fire ash!
Keep Children and Animals Safe
This should be obvious, but it can be easy for attention to lapse after a delicious meal and a couple of drinks. Even when you firewood has gone out, embers and ashes, as well as metal cooking surfaces, will still be hot, so make sure you keep little hands and paws protected.
Make Sure You’re Using The Right Size Logs
Our heat logs will expand as they burn, this is why we recommend splitting them before use. You may also need to cut down the kiln-dried firewood into smaller pieces, and snap the kindling a little to make sure they fit safely into your appliances. The last thing you want is hot wood and embers falling out onto surfaces, seats and feet!
Extinguish Your Fuels Properly
The last thing you should do at night is ensure that your fire pit, stove or BBQ has been properly extinguished. Failure to do so could result in significant damage to your garden or house if a sudden gust of wind blows some hot embers onto flammable surfaces. Dampen down the fire and rake through the embers to make sure all hot spots have been covered.
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