How to tell if your logs are seasoned

An open wood fire is one of the most wonderful things to have in the home – there’s nothing quite like the sight, sound and smell of an open fire. However, it is essential that the wood you’re using should be thoroughly dried first, ideally to a moisture content of less than 20%.  Not only will […]

Intercounty Truck & Van fuels further success for KG Smith & Son with a fifth FUSO Canter

  Solid fuels merchant KG Smith & Son has added a fifth FUSO Canter to the fleet that will be ensuring customers can once again warm their homes this winter. Established in 1947, the UK’s largest independent supplier of house coal offers a broad range of products that includes smokeless alternatives such as natural anthracite, […]

The ultimate guide to wood briquettes

  When it comes to choosing the right fuel for your home fire, there are a number of options available, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. As we become aware of the environmental implications of using some traditional fuels, finding an alternative that burns effectively and efficiently, is environmentally friendly and easy to use […]

Marquee Hire: Top tips for weddings

Many wedding plans have taken a bit of a pounding during the course of the coronavirus pandemic. Some have been postponed until things get back to some kind of normality, while others have gone ahead but have had to be scaled down in terms of extravagance and numbers of guests. And those that have managed […]

The benefits of wood chip mulch

Adding bark or wood chips has been a popular thing to do in gardens up and down the country for a number of years. And while you may be aware of some of the benefits of doing it, there may also be a few you haven’t thought of, and you may well be surprised to […]

How to cook the best BBQ food this summer

Here in the UK, we may not be world leaders in the art of the barbecue, but it doesn’t take much to encourage many of us to head for the patio at the first hint of a warm evening, armed with a bag of charcoal and some lighter fuel.  In many homes, it’s not always […]

Top 5 ideas for using railway sleepers in your garden

Railway sleepers have become increasingly popular in  recent years as a means of bringing some order and style, not to mention some desirable rustic charm, into our gardens. And it’s little wonder, because not only does that weathered wood mean they look great, they’re also incredibly versatile. They have a strength, solidity and durability that makes […]

Coal Merchants: Understanding the New Coal & Firewood Laws

Whether you’re a coal merchant, retailer or customer of traditional house coal, smokeless fuels or firewood, some big changes are on the way.  In order to better protect the environment, the government and Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has implemented new laws placed on the sale of such products from May 2021.  […]

Are Coal Merchants Open During Lockdown?

There are not many industries that haven’t been touched in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Coal merchants are no different, with businesses across the country having to adapt operations to abide by lockdown restrictions.   Here at KG Smith & Sons, our team understands the importance of keeping everyone safe by following the COVID-19 regulations […]

Top 5 uses for Firewood Ash

There’s nothing better after a long day’s work than sitting in front of an open fire and revelling in the warmth that it brings.  The British climate means that we aren’t short of opportunities to do this in the UK, with homes across the country enjoying the benefits fireplaces bring. Once we’re done with the […]