Cut Out the Logs and Use Briquettes – But Why?

You’ll find a lot of people who will tell you that there’s nothing like a real log fire, and we can fully understand and appreciate that sentiment. A real fire is undoubtedly a more satisfying experience than a gas or electric fire, and as long as you’re not cutting down healthy trees to create the […]

How to Light and Refuel Your Stove

Spring may be just round the corner, but that doesn’t mean we can forget about the heating just yet, because we’re bound to have a few more cold nights ahead of us. And even if you’ve turned off your central heating, you may still want to tackle an unexpectedly chilly evening by lighting your wood […]

The advantages of smokeless fuel for homeowners in London

Recent legislation is making smokeless fuel the only choice for those homes in the UK that rely on solid fuels for their open fires, stoves and boilers. The Clean Air Strategy 2019 is the latest move by governments forced to act as a result of urban air pollution caused by the burning of solid fuels, […]

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 […]