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How to create the top-down method for starting a fire

Posted by Taylor Gathercole

For months now we've spoken of this wonderful method called "Top-Down", also known as the upside down fire and we thought it was about time we told you what it is all about and how to do it. 

Instantly you recognise this isn't no conventional way to start a fire, and it is certainly a little backwards looking but we're here to convince you just how amazing it is. 

To begin this method you need to start by placing 2 logs at the bottom as your base (or foundation)... I know I know, you're already thinking, how is this going to work? Just trust me.

This method will work on all fire appliances — Wood-burning stoves, open fire, fire pits, pizza oven and more.

The Top-Down Method for Starting A Fire | Kindwood | Sustainable Firewood

Once you've placed the two big logs at the bottom, if wish, you could place two smaller logs on top of those in the opposite direction, but you could simple go straight to building a jenga tower of kindling. Ideally 6-8 pieces of kindling.

Once you've done this, all you need to do is add a firelighter on top of the jenga tower of kindling. Just like the image below.
Place a Natural Firelighter on top of the Kindling - Kindwood
Now all you need to do is start the ignition process and watch the magic unfold...
Single match to light the Kindwood Natural Firelighter
This is where the magic happens, close the door and open the vents right up for maximum airflow, and you'll notice the kindling begin to catch light.
The Top-Down Method - How To Start a Fire - Kindwood
The science behind this method is quite simple, by having the fire (ignition point) at the highest point of the stove, any gases that are released will rise, and will be ignited due to a high flame. The beauty of this is it'll allow your flue to heat up much quicker, creating better draw and in the most amazing way you will not need to touch the fire for a while other than dampening down the vents around 10-15 minutes in. 
From then on, just add roughly 1 log an hour (if using a wood burning stove) to keep your fire going. Remember you added two logs in straight away, giving you a head start. 
Kindwood - Hessian Sack of Logs - Top-Down Method - Sustainable Firewood
What do you need to do this method?
6-8 Pieces of Kiln Dried Kindling
We'd love to know how you get on with this method? Feel free to comment, email or share on social media your results and opinion! 
Happy burning !!
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For months now we've spoken of this wonderful method called "Top-Down", also known as the upside down fire and we thought it was about time we told you what it is all about and how to do it. 

Instantly you recognise this isn't no conventional way to start a fire, and it is certainly a little backwards looking but we're here to convince you just how amazing it is. 

To begin this method you need to start by placing 2 logs at the bottom as your base (or foundation)... I know I know, you're already thinking, how is this going to work? Just trust me.

This method will work on all fire appliances — Wood-burning stoves, open fire, fire pits, pizza oven and more.

The Top-Down Method for Starting A Fire | Kindwood | Sustainable Firewood

Once you've placed the two big logs at the bottom, if wish, you could place two smaller logs on top of those in the opposite direction, but you could simple go straight to building a jenga tower of kindling. Ideally 6-8 pieces of kindling.

Once you've done this, all you need to do is add a firelighter on top of the jenga tower of kindling. Just like the image below.
Place a Natural Firelighter on top of the Kindling - Kindwood
Now all you need to do is start the ignition process and watch the magic unfold...
Single match to light the Kindwood Natural Firelighter
This is where the magic happens, close the door and open the vents right up for maximum airflow, and you'll notice the kindling begin to catch light.
The Top-Down Method - How To Start a Fire - Kindwood
The science behind this method is quite simple, by having the fire (ignition point) at the highest point of the stove, any gases that are released will rise, and will be ignited due to a high flame. The beauty of this is it'll allow your flue to heat up much quicker, creating better draw and in the most amazing way you will not need to touch the fire for a while other than dampening down the vents around 10-15 minutes in. 
From then on, just add roughly 1 log an hour (if using a wood burning stove) to keep your fire going. Remember you added two logs in straight away, giving you a head start. 
Kindwood - Hessian Sack of Logs - Top-Down Method - Sustainable Firewood
What do you need to do this method?
6-8 Pieces of Kiln Dried Kindling
We'd love to know how you get on with this method? Feel free to comment, email or share on social media your results and opinion! 
Happy burning !!
Read more

We Now Offer FREE Packaging Returns!

Posted by Taylor Gathercole

We’re really pleased to announce that our free packaging returns have started! We’re committed to sustainability at the heart of everything we do; so, please help us, help the planet by returning your packaging to us. 

We designed our range of products the way they are so they could be reused, whether that was by you or us. Now is the chance to send back all those crates and hessian sacks you've been stockpiling.

If you send us back a hessian sack, we can reuse it over 10 times. 

Here are just a few benefits of recycling your Kindwood packaging…
🌎 Cuts climate-changing carbon emissions
🙌 Reduces landfill waste
💰 It’s more cost-effective than waste collection and disposal
🌲 Preserve the world’s natural resources

The little crates will last forever with the right care - All we would do is repair the bad bits.

Learn more here about how you can send back your packaging! 

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We’re really pleased to announce that our free packaging returns have started! We’re committed to sustainability at the heart of everything we do; so, please help us, help the planet by returning your packaging to us. 

We designed our range of products the way they are so they could be reused, whether that was by you or us. Now is the chance to send back all those crates and hessian sacks you've been stockpiling.

If you send us back a hessian sack, we can reuse it over 10 times. 

Here are just a few benefits of recycling your Kindwood packaging…
🌎 Cuts climate-changing carbon emissions
🙌 Reduces landfill waste
💰 It’s more cost-effective than waste collection and disposal
🌲 Preserve the world’s natural resources

The little crates will last forever with the right care - All we would do is repair the bad bits.

Learn more here about how you can send back your packaging! 

Read more

Our Favourite Barbecue & Cooking Brands

Posted by Taylor Gathercole

Wheel out the grill, dust off the wood-fired oven, find the tongs. It's barbecue season. It's all about the bare necessities: vegetables, meat, flame, wood or charcoal, drink and more. 

With us entering the beginning of a great season of outdoor cooking we wanted to share our favourite brands in the world of barbecuing. Everything from fire bowls, fuels, utensils and more. 

It's time to get you some sturdy spun-iron cookware (which will last a lifetime), sacks of firewood (or charcoal) and a big pair of leather gloves (trust me, you'll need them).


Blazaball

We've all been there, trying to light a fire and it's just not working out. Or you place more unlit fuel on top which then starves the existing fire of oxygen... Well, worry no more. The Blazaball is this simple, yet very effective accessory which will get you jumping up and down in joy because your fire just works, especially if you're using charcoal. 

It's easy. Two-piece metal cage. You place one or two natural firelighters inside. It effectively keeps a pocket of oxygen around your ignition source and more air and oxygen means a stronger burn. Ideal.

Buy here

Blazaball & Natural Firelighters

Kadai Fire Bowls

There is nothing better than sitting around a fire bowl in the garden cooking up your dinner, and then not having to move an inch to enjoy the remainder of the evening watching the sunset.

Kadai's original fire bowls are up to 100 years old, all with their own unique character from years of use as cooking bowls in India. 

Buy here

Kadai Fire Bowls — Outdoor Cooking & Outdoor Heating

Netherton Foundry

If you're ever looking for the finest quality of iron cookware, look no further than our friends at Netherton Foundry. From spun iron saucepans and stockpot to skillets, woks and bakeware. They even make outdoor dutch ovens and chapas.

This is a business which is proud to be British and takes the province of their materials very seriously. Supporting local communities and reducing their impact on the environment at the same time. Their products will last you a lifetime. 

Buy here

Netherton Foundry - Copper Stove Top Tagine and Spun Iron Bowl

The Ethical Butcher

Much like us, The Ethical Butcher believes that the way we consume shouldn't cost the earth. They're changing how animals and humans coexist in the food chain and how we view our place in nature. 

Their farmers honour natural systems and farm in ways that increase biodiversity and regenerate the land, therefore improving soil health and combating climate change.

Join the craft meat revolution

Daylesford Organic Food

Over forty years ago Daylesford began to turn their family's farmland over to sustainable, organic farming. What began as a simple passion for real food, later becomes one of the most sustainable organic farms in the UK.

This is a brand which champions zero food waste, progressive farming techniques, clean energy, light packaging, responsible sourcing and much more. 

They believe by shopping organically and eating organically you are choosing to invest in the long-term health of the planet and the wellbeing of yourself and your family.

Shop online or head to one of their Farm Shops

Daylesford Organic Farm Shop

Sea Change Wine

Our favourite range of environmentally conscious wines that directly supports ocean conservation. This range of wine is the perfect complement to any barbecue dish.

Website Coming Soon! | Instagram

Sea Change Wine

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Wheel out the grill, dust off the wood-fired oven, find the tongs. It's barbecue season. It's all about the bare necessities: vegetables, meat, flame, wood or charcoal, drink and more. 

With us entering the beginning of a great season of outdoor cooking we wanted to share our favourite brands in the world of barbecuing. Everything from fire bowls, fuels, utensils and more. 

It's time to get you some sturdy spun-iron cookware (which will last a lifetime), sacks of firewood (or charcoal) and a big pair of leather gloves (trust me, you'll need them).


Blazaball

We've all been there, trying to light a fire and it's just not working out. Or you place more unlit fuel on top which then starves the existing fire of oxygen... Well, worry no more. The Blazaball is this simple, yet very effective accessory which will get you jumping up and down in joy because your fire just works, especially if you're using charcoal. 

It's easy. Two-piece metal cage. You place one or two natural firelighters inside. It effectively keeps a pocket of oxygen around your ignition source and more air and oxygen means a stronger burn. Ideal.

Buy here

Blazaball & Natural Firelighters

Kadai Fire Bowls

There is nothing better than sitting around a fire bowl in the garden cooking up your dinner, and then not having to move an inch to enjoy the remainder of the evening watching the sunset.

Kadai's original fire bowls are up to 100 years old, all with their own unique character from years of use as cooking bowls in India. 

Buy here

Kadai Fire Bowls — Outdoor Cooking & Outdoor Heating

Netherton Foundry

If you're ever looking for the finest quality of iron cookware, look no further than our friends at Netherton Foundry. From spun iron saucepans and stockpot to skillets, woks and bakeware. They even make outdoor dutch ovens and chapas.

This is a business which is proud to be British and takes the province of their materials very seriously. Supporting local communities and reducing their impact on the environment at the same time. Their products will last you a lifetime. 

Buy here

Netherton Foundry - Copper Stove Top Tagine and Spun Iron Bowl

The Ethical Butcher

Much like us, The Ethical Butcher believes that the way we consume shouldn't cost the earth. They're changing how animals and humans coexist in the food chain and how we view our place in nature. 

Their farmers honour natural systems and farm in ways that increase biodiversity and regenerate the land, therefore improving soil health and combating climate change.

Join the craft meat revolution

Daylesford Organic Food

Over forty years ago Daylesford began to turn their family's farmland over to sustainable, organic farming. What began as a simple passion for real food, later becomes one of the most sustainable organic farms in the UK.

This is a brand which champions zero food waste, progressive farming techniques, clean energy, light packaging, responsible sourcing and much more. 

They believe by shopping organically and eating organically you are choosing to invest in the long-term health of the planet and the wellbeing of yourself and your family.

Shop online or head to one of their Farm Shops

Daylesford Organic Farm Shop

Sea Change Wine

Our favourite range of environmentally conscious wines that directly supports ocean conservation. This range of wine is the perfect complement to any barbecue dish.

Website Coming Soon! | Instagram

Sea Change Wine

Read more

7 Barbecue Recipes To Kick-Start National BBQ Week

Posted by Taylor Gathercole

7 Barbecue Recipes To Kick-Start National BBQ Week

This Bank Holiday weekend coincides with the start of National BBQ week, starting on the 25th May to the 31st May and with the forecasted sunshine, so we thought we’d put together some delicious looking and tasting BBQ recipes to bring more sizzle to your life during the lockdown.

Join in across social media sharing your barbecues, and feats using #BarbiForBritain

Let’s begin.


Chilli-butter corn on the cob - Recipes for the barbecue

Chilli-butter Corn On The Cob

Simple, but a winner. This recipe gives corn on the cob a bit of edge with a Harissa-garlic butter.

Ingredients

  • 100g Butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 tbsp runny honey
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 2 fat garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp harissa
  • 6 corn cobs

Method: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/chilli-butter-barbecued-corn

Grilled salmon - Recipes for the barbecue

Grilled Salmon

Salmon is an all-time favourite for grilling. You don’t need fancy marinades or mercurial methods, all that’s needed is quality ingredients and a hot grill. Hint: Choose a salmon fillet with the skin on & remember to oil the fish, not the grill.

Ingredients

  • 100-200g Salmon Fillets (Our favourite: Daylesford Smoked Salmon 200g)
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges

 Method: https://www.foodiecrush.com/best-grilled-salmon/

Prawn and chorizo skewers

Prawn and chorizo skewers

Simple, easy but packed full of flavour.

Ingredients

  • 12-16 raw shell prawns
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 3-4 chorizo sausages, cut into thick slices
  • Lime wedges

Method: https://www.coastmagazine.co.uk/content/bbq-recipe-prawn-and-chorizo-skewers

ras el hanout and honey bbq chicken thighs - Recipes for the barbecue

Ras el hanout and honey BBQ Chicken Thighs

Giving a twist to a traditional bbq meat dish.

Ingredients

  • 8 whole chicken thighs (Our favourite: The Ethical Butcher Chicken Thighs)
  • 2 tbsp ras el hanout
  • 2 tbsp runny honey
  • 1 tbsp sea salt flakes
  • 1 juiced lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic, bashed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp dried chilli flakes

Method: https://www.olivemagazine.com/recipes/meat-and-poultry/ras-el-hanout-and-honey-bbq-chicken-thighs/ 

bbq stuffed peppers

Stuff BBQ Peppers

Something to impress all your friends.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 50g pine nuts
  • 140g long grain rice
  • 2 garlic gloves, chopped
  • 350g vegetable stock cube
  • 1 bunch spring onions sliced thinly
  • 140g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 150g ball mozzarella, chopped
  • 140g gorgonzola
  • Handful each of parsley and basil, chopped
  • 3 red and 3 yellow peppers

Method: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/stuffed-peppers-barbie

seared beef with orange and chilli - Recipes for the barbecue

Seared beef with orange and chilli

Fancy showing off your outdoor cooking skills? This beef dish is the perfect centrepiece.

Ingredients

  • 1½ kg piece of skirt of beef (We also like: Organic Beef Fillet Steak from Daylesford)
  • Zest 2 oranges
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 shallots, Finley chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar

Method: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/seared-beef-orange-chilli

Skillet chocolate chip cookie - Recipes for the barbecue

Skillet chocolate chip cookie

You’ve eaten your main meal, but now it’s time to show how versatile your grilling skills are. Get the skillet out and prepare chocolate chip cookies for the adults and children. Tip: Best served with ice cream!

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1.2 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or chopped up a bar of chocolate 

Method: https://anevaystoves.com/blogs/news/recipe-stove-top-skillet-chocolate-chip-cookie

Our new Natural Firelighters are ideal for getting your charcoal and firewood going, with an odourless and long-burning flame. 

Read more

7 Barbecue Recipes To Kick-Start National BBQ Week

This Bank Holiday weekend coincides with the start of National BBQ week, starting on the 25th May to the 31st May and with the forecasted sunshine, so we thought we’d put together some delicious looking and tasting BBQ recipes to bring more sizzle to your life during the lockdown.

Join in across social media sharing your barbecues, and feats using #BarbiForBritain

Let’s begin.


Chilli-butter corn on the cob - Recipes for the barbecue

Chilli-butter Corn On The Cob

Simple, but a winner. This recipe gives corn on the cob a bit of edge with a Harissa-garlic butter.

Ingredients

  • 100g Butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 tbsp runny honey
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 2 fat garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp harissa
  • 6 corn cobs

Method: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/chilli-butter-barbecued-corn

Grilled salmon - Recipes for the barbecue

Grilled Salmon

Salmon is an all-time favourite for grilling. You don’t need fancy marinades or mercurial methods, all that’s needed is quality ingredients and a hot grill. Hint: Choose a salmon fillet with the skin on & remember to oil the fish, not the grill.

Ingredients

  • 100-200g Salmon Fillets (Our favourite: Daylesford Smoked Salmon 200g)
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges

 Method: https://www.foodiecrush.com/best-grilled-salmon/

Prawn and chorizo skewers

Prawn and chorizo skewers

Simple, easy but packed full of flavour.

Ingredients

  • 12-16 raw shell prawns
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 3-4 chorizo sausages, cut into thick slices
  • Lime wedges

Method: https://www.coastmagazine.co.uk/content/bbq-recipe-prawn-and-chorizo-skewers

ras el hanout and honey bbq chicken thighs - Recipes for the barbecue

Ras el hanout and honey BBQ Chicken Thighs

Giving a twist to a traditional bbq meat dish.

Ingredients

  • 8 whole chicken thighs (Our favourite: The Ethical Butcher Chicken Thighs)
  • 2 tbsp ras el hanout
  • 2 tbsp runny honey
  • 1 tbsp sea salt flakes
  • 1 juiced lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic, bashed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp dried chilli flakes

Method: https://www.olivemagazine.com/recipes/meat-and-poultry/ras-el-hanout-and-honey-bbq-chicken-thighs/ 

bbq stuffed peppers

Stuff BBQ Peppers

Something to impress all your friends.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 50g pine nuts
  • 140g long grain rice
  • 2 garlic gloves, chopped
  • 350g vegetable stock cube
  • 1 bunch spring onions sliced thinly
  • 140g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 150g ball mozzarella, chopped
  • 140g gorgonzola
  • Handful each of parsley and basil, chopped
  • 3 red and 3 yellow peppers

Method: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/stuffed-peppers-barbie

seared beef with orange and chilli - Recipes for the barbecue

Seared beef with orange and chilli

Fancy showing off your outdoor cooking skills? This beef dish is the perfect centrepiece.

Ingredients

  • 1½ kg piece of skirt of beef (We also like: Organic Beef Fillet Steak from Daylesford)
  • Zest 2 oranges
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 shallots, Finley chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar

Method: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/seared-beef-orange-chilli

Skillet chocolate chip cookie - Recipes for the barbecue

Skillet chocolate chip cookie

You’ve eaten your main meal, but now it’s time to show how versatile your grilling skills are. Get the skillet out and prepare chocolate chip cookies for the adults and children. Tip: Best served with ice cream!

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1.2 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or chopped up a bar of chocolate 

Method: https://anevaystoves.com/blogs/news/recipe-stove-top-skillet-chocolate-chip-cookie

Our new Natural Firelighters are ideal for getting your charcoal and firewood going, with an odourless and long-burning flame. 

Read more

If you don’t have a firepit then why not use an old washing machine drum, or build a small wall from unused bricks or stones just like you used to on summer camping holidays? If you’re using the stone technique, then getting it ready couldn’t be easier – here’s a simple guide that’s a sure-fire way to get your fire burning this summer!
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If you don’t have a firepit then why not use an old washing machine drum, or build a small wall from unused bricks or stones just like you used to on summer camping holidays? If you’re using the stone technique, then getting it ready couldn’t be easier – here’s a simple guide that’s a sure-fire way to get your fire burning this summer!
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