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7 Reasons Why You Need An Outdoor Fire Pit

Posted by Taylor Gathercole

Sitting around a fire in general, whether that's indoors or outdoors, isn't just about keeping warm. Fire has many practical, emotional and health benefits too. Here are seven reasons why we believe having an outdoor fire pit this spring and summer is a great idea:

Cooking On Fire | Wood-Fired | Kadai Fire Bowl | Kindwood | Kiln Dried Logs | Kind Comfort

1) Useable all year round

It's not just the summer season when you can enjoy sitting around a fire pit, with a Kadai Fire Bowl, you can enjoy outside living all year round. Spring, autumn and wintertime are also perfect for some outdoor living.

2) You can cook on it! 

When all that relaxing in the warmth makes you wonder what's for dinner, just pop the grill plate over the top and you can cook anything you'd usually cook on a BBQ. Get those smoky aromas from the wood. 

3) Helps relax and unwind

When the sun goes down, there's nothing better than to relax and unwind watching the flames dancing. In fact, a study by ___ claims that the effect of fire helps us become calmer and more sociable and even causes our blood pressure to drop. 

4) They can extend your home

Fire pits are ideal for creating an alfresco lounge space — an extension of your home where you can relax and socialise. Much like indoor fireplaces, fire pits provide the perfect focal point for an outdoor sitting area, and they look fantastic surrounded by outdoors sofas or built-in bench seating topped with cushions.

5) Creates a cosy atmosphere outdoors

Where you're hosting an outdoor party after the summer sun has gone down, or you want to snuggle up with your family and chat into the early hours, a fire put is the ultimate social point and creates an irresistibly ambient glow for a cosy evening outdoors.

6) Fire pits light up the night

Not only does a fire pit provide warmth once the day's sun has gone down, but it can also change the aesthetics of your home and give your garden a wonderful warm glow. The most underused room in the house is often the garden, honestly, it is. But when you have a fire put, there's no excuse that it's too cold when you can next to those flames in the still of the night. 

7) S'mores

It doesn't matter what time of year it is, it is always S'mores time. You can cook them right in your garden over an open flame. 

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Sitting around a fire in general, whether that's indoors or outdoors, isn't just about keeping warm. Fire has many practical, emotional and health benefits too. Here are seven reasons why we believe having an outdoor fire pit this spring and summer is a great idea:

Cooking On Fire | Wood-Fired | Kadai Fire Bowl | Kindwood | Kiln Dried Logs | Kind Comfort

1) Useable all year round

It's not just the summer season when you can enjoy sitting around a fire pit, with a Kadai Fire Bowl, you can enjoy outside living all year round. Spring, autumn and wintertime are also perfect for some outdoor living.

2) You can cook on it! 

When all that relaxing in the warmth makes you wonder what's for dinner, just pop the grill plate over the top and you can cook anything you'd usually cook on a BBQ. Get those smoky aromas from the wood. 

3) Helps relax and unwind

When the sun goes down, there's nothing better than to relax and unwind watching the flames dancing. In fact, a study by ___ claims that the effect of fire helps us become calmer and more sociable and even causes our blood pressure to drop. 

4) They can extend your home

Fire pits are ideal for creating an alfresco lounge space — an extension of your home where you can relax and socialise. Much like indoor fireplaces, fire pits provide the perfect focal point for an outdoor sitting area, and they look fantastic surrounded by outdoors sofas or built-in bench seating topped with cushions.

5) Creates a cosy atmosphere outdoors

Where you're hosting an outdoor party after the summer sun has gone down, or you want to snuggle up with your family and chat into the early hours, a fire put is the ultimate social point and creates an irresistibly ambient glow for a cosy evening outdoors.

6) Fire pits light up the night

Not only does a fire pit provide warmth once the day's sun has gone down, but it can also change the aesthetics of your home and give your garden a wonderful warm glow. The most underused room in the house is often the garden, honestly, it is. But when you have a fire put, there's no excuse that it's too cold when you can next to those flames in the still of the night. 

7) S'mores

It doesn't matter what time of year it is, it is always S'mores time. You can cook them right in your garden over an open flame. 

Read more

20 Uses For Wood Ashes You’ve Probably Never Thought Of

Posted by Taylor Gathercole

If you’re reading this you either have an indoor fireplace or an outdoor fireplace (or somehow ended up with a lot of ash…) Chances are you have an abundance of wood ash.

Before you you do toss it, we wanted to share with you 20 uses for wood ash that can be used on a regular basis.

Wood ash believe it or not is a Fantastic by-product. It’s not waste. Knowing how to use it could you money now and be a lifesaver later.

  1. Slugs and snails are among garden pests that hate ash if you add it around plants.
  2. A layer of ash can be used to protect and preserve food by deterring insects from stored seeds and produce.
  3. A thin layer of ash protects plants from frost in the winter.
  4. Another way to use wood ash in the garden is to help strengthen plants that love calcium. This can include broccoli, garlic, celery, spinach, cabbage and many more.
  5. You can remove stains from clothes using wood ash. Works best when the stain is fresh.
  6. It’s not just good for cleaning stains out of clothing either. You can also use wood ash to clean your furniture stains… Who knew. Make a paste from the ash and water, it really is that simple.
  7. Ever got the fire too hot or needed to put a fire out in a hurry? You can just dump some wood ash right on top of the flame.
  8. Did you know bees serve an important purpose in the ecosystem but ants can get in there and cause a lot of trouble? The wood ash helps the bees but doesn’t harm anything else.
  9. Your headlights are needed for a lot of reasons but in a survival situation, they can also be spotlights. You want to have them clean and clear, and using wood ash to make a paste is a good way to achieve this.
  10. Wood ash is a brilliant soil amendment for overly acidic soil. If you’re able to test the pH level of your soil, do so to make sure you don’t add to much or don’t need to add any at all.
  11. Dust-Bathing Birds such as Chickens love to bathe in order to controls pests, adding ashes to their dust bath helps to kill bugs like mites, fleas.
  12. If you have a glass door on your wood stove, they can become stained with creosote blocking your view of those beautiful flames. Dab a bit of the powdery ash on a damp sponge or cloth and use it to scrub the creosote away. Please wait for your stove to cool down before cleaning the glass.
  13. Must admit we don’t know anyone who actually enjoys cleaning silver, but if you do, you can use wood ash to make the job a little easier. Just mix the white ash with some water to make a thick paste.
  14. Seeds that aren’t properly stored lose their viability and won’t germinate. Saving seeds in a good insulating and moisture absorbing medium is key. Simply add ashes to whatever container you are storing seeds in to cut down moisture and to protect your seeds.
  15. Ash is an effective odour treatment. Simply sprinkle some over smelly areas like the cat box.
  16. When you mix wood ash with water, you get lye, which is a common ingredient in traditional soap-making. Throw in a form of fat and add a lot of boiling and stirring, and you’ve got homemade soap.
  17. Wood ash is great for growing tomatoes! Just sprinkle a half cup in each hole before you plant.
  18. Wood ash has salt in it (quite a lot actually). Therefore, it makes for a natural way to deice your walkways and driveways. Not that we will have much ice or snow in the UK…
  19. If you’re feeling brave and you just have so much wood ash you don’t know what to do with it, maybe wondering creating your own toothpaste? Apparently it can help whiten your teeth.
  20. We said earlier on that Chickens love it for bathing, well it is also good to add into their feed. Ash has a lot of calcium and potassium, which is great for chickens and their eggs.

Hopefully, these tips will help you put your wood ash to good use around your home and garden. Even if you don’t have wood ash, these are great tips to remember for survival situations…

As you can see wood ash is a wonderful item to have on hand because of its versatility. Perhaps it makes for the perfect excuse to get a wood-burning stove or a fire pit? Maybe even build your own. (Let’s not forget the delicious camping recipes!)

Read more

If you’re reading this you either have an indoor fireplace or an outdoor fireplace (or somehow ended up with a lot of ash…) Chances are you have an abundance of wood ash.

Before you you do toss it, we wanted to share with you 20 uses for wood ash that can be used on a regular basis.

Wood ash believe it or not is a Fantastic by-product. It’s not waste. Knowing how to use it could you money now and be a lifesaver later.

  1. Slugs and snails are among garden pests that hate ash if you add it around plants.
  2. A layer of ash can be used to protect and preserve food by deterring insects from stored seeds and produce.
  3. A thin layer of ash protects plants from frost in the winter.
  4. Another way to use wood ash in the garden is to help strengthen plants that love calcium. This can include broccoli, garlic, celery, spinach, cabbage and many more.
  5. You can remove stains from clothes using wood ash. Works best when the stain is fresh.
  6. It’s not just good for cleaning stains out of clothing either. You can also use wood ash to clean your furniture stains… Who knew. Make a paste from the ash and water, it really is that simple.
  7. Ever got the fire too hot or needed to put a fire out in a hurry? You can just dump some wood ash right on top of the flame.
  8. Did you know bees serve an important purpose in the ecosystem but ants can get in there and cause a lot of trouble? The wood ash helps the bees but doesn’t harm anything else.
  9. Your headlights are needed for a lot of reasons but in a survival situation, they can also be spotlights. You want to have them clean and clear, and using wood ash to make a paste is a good way to achieve this.
  10. Wood ash is a brilliant soil amendment for overly acidic soil. If you’re able to test the pH level of your soil, do so to make sure you don’t add to much or don’t need to add any at all.
  11. Dust-Bathing Birds such as Chickens love to bathe in order to controls pests, adding ashes to their dust bath helps to kill bugs like mites, fleas.
  12. If you have a glass door on your wood stove, they can become stained with creosote blocking your view of those beautiful flames. Dab a bit of the powdery ash on a damp sponge or cloth and use it to scrub the creosote away. Please wait for your stove to cool down before cleaning the glass.
  13. Must admit we don’t know anyone who actually enjoys cleaning silver, but if you do, you can use wood ash to make the job a little easier. Just mix the white ash with some water to make a thick paste.
  14. Seeds that aren’t properly stored lose their viability and won’t germinate. Saving seeds in a good insulating and moisture absorbing medium is key. Simply add ashes to whatever container you are storing seeds in to cut down moisture and to protect your seeds.
  15. Ash is an effective odour treatment. Simply sprinkle some over smelly areas like the cat box.
  16. When you mix wood ash with water, you get lye, which is a common ingredient in traditional soap-making. Throw in a form of fat and add a lot of boiling and stirring, and you’ve got homemade soap.
  17. Wood ash is great for growing tomatoes! Just sprinkle a half cup in each hole before you plant.
  18. Wood ash has salt in it (quite a lot actually). Therefore, it makes for a natural way to deice your walkways and driveways. Not that we will have much ice or snow in the UK…
  19. If you’re feeling brave and you just have so much wood ash you don’t know what to do with it, maybe wondering creating your own toothpaste? Apparently it can help whiten your teeth.
  20. We said earlier on that Chickens love it for bathing, well it is also good to add into their feed. Ash has a lot of calcium and potassium, which is great for chickens and their eggs.

Hopefully, these tips will help you put your wood ash to good use around your home and garden. Even if you don’t have wood ash, these are great tips to remember for survival situations…

As you can see wood ash is a wonderful item to have on hand because of its versatility. Perhaps it makes for the perfect excuse to get a wood-burning stove or a fire pit? Maybe even build your own. (Let’s not forget the delicious camping recipes!)

Read more

10 Garden Updates To Do This Spring

Posted by Taylor Gathercole

We are now in the wondrous time of Spring where we begin to spend more time in our gardens, so why not make the most of the Spring weather to make a few updates to your garden. We've put a list of 10 garden updates you could make. 

1 Refresh The Lawn

If you haven't done it already then cut your lawn on the highest setting. If possible use a self-mulching machine so that finely chopped clippings can help feed your lawn rather than fill up brown bins.

You can make lawns more wildlife-friendly by letting the grass grow longer - just mow around the edge for some crisp definition.

Refreshing The Lawn | Reseeding The Grass | The Best Way To Cut The Lawn

2 Get Cosy Under Canvas

Whether it’s a small tepee for children to camp out in or a cavernous party place, tents have gone from purely functional to fabulous.

Tepee for children | Camp out in a cavernous party place | Cosy under canvas

3 Plant For Pollinators

Seeing plants buzzing with bees and butterflies is one of the joys of spring and summer. Purpletop vervain is a long-time wildlife garden favourite with clusters of intense vibrant purple flower and airy manner, but the shorter ‘Lollipop’ cultivar has the same characteristics and provides a more understated choice for the front of borders.

The Best Plants For Bees and Butterflies | Pollinating Plants | Plants For Pollinators

4 Go green

From ditching plastic pots to harvesting valuable water, many of us are now seeking out more environmentally friendly ways to garden. With the rise in alternatives to the dreadful pesticides and fungicides or ditching sprays altogether, consider natural pest control, companion planting and good ol’ fashion weed control — By hand. A quick tip: Avoid compost with PEAT.

Plastic-Free Seedling Pots | Plastic Free Gardening | Green Gardening | Eco-Friendly gardening

5 Make A Fire

Of course, we would suggest this. Why wouldn’t we? It’s not like we supply wood fuel, or is it… It’s time for barbecues to move over, it isnow all about cooking around and on a campfire (or fire pit). Check out the Kadai Fire Bowl made from recycled oil barrels… They look fabulous!

Cooking On Fire | Fire Pits | Kadai Fire Pit | Summer Barbeque | How to make a fire pit | how to light a fire pit | garden fire pit | fire pits uk | outside fire pit | outdoor fire pit

6 Upcycle Unused Clutter Into A Planter

I bet you never thought you could use an old garden boot, or a dented colander did you? Well, find those old boots, dented colanders, glass jars or even cans from all those canned goods you’ve been using lately and make creative (and free) planters. Poke around in your cupboards or closets for items that can hold soil, drill some drain holes, then use them to plant early spring flower seeds such as pansies, violas or nasturtiums.

 Boots for plant pot | Cans for seedlings | reused planters

7 Feed the Birds

Birdwatching brings joy any time of the year, and with many species migrating now, you may get to see one that wouldn’t normally visit your feeders. Mix up a marvel meal, a high-energy seed and peanut butter food, that can be smeared into tree bark or pine cones. Seeing and hearing your happy, little visitors will lift your spirits.

Bird Feeding | Birdwatching | How To Make Bird Feeders | Eco Bird Feed | Sustainable Bird Feeder | DIY Bird Feeder

8 Invest In A Green Roof

Eco roofs are booming increasingly popular as they help increase biodiversity, provide good insulation, improve air quality and control water runoff — They’re also very attractive. There are plenty of products available — You can even retrofit an existing shed and garage if they are able to take the weight.

Green Roof | Eco Roofs | Increase Biodiversity with Green Roofs | Plant Covered Roof

9 Permeable Surfaces

One of the most eco-friendly things a garden can do is decrease rainwater runoff. Consider a permeable surface if you’re doing a hardscape project, and use captured rainwater or greywater in the garden.

Landscaping ideas for surfaces that allow water to seep into the ground to aid filtration and slow the flow into drains and waterways are gaining momentum. From a design perspective, permeable surfaces introduce the satisfying crunch of gravel underfoot and add a softer element to hard surfaces.

Permeable Surfaces | Eco-Friendly things A Garden Can Do | Landscaping Ideas For Surfaces Allow Water To Seep | Water Runoff

10 Sustainable Garden Furniture

Spring is normally the time we take a look at refreshing our garden furniture so why not consider reusing or recycling furniture for the garden? We’ve seen people recycle old sewing machine tables and four chairs from a second-hand shop. Even looking on eBay or gumtree, as well as local junk shops. If you’d prefer to not go through the effort of upcycling, look out for brands which are doing their very best to act sustainably. For example, DuraOcean has created a chair made from recycled ocean plastic waste.

DuraOcean | 100% Recycled Ocean Plastic Waste | Second Shop | Upcycling Furniture

And that's a wrap for our 10 Garden Update ideas. If you have any ideas that you're proud to have done leave and comment and we'll share them on our Instagram @kindwood

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We are now in the wondrous time of Spring where we begin to spend more time in our gardens, so why not make the most of the Spring weather to make a few updates to your garden. We've put a list of 10 garden updates you could make. 

1 Refresh The Lawn

If you haven't done it already then cut your lawn on the highest setting. If possible use a self-mulching machine so that finely chopped clippings can help feed your lawn rather than fill up brown bins.

You can make lawns more wildlife-friendly by letting the grass grow longer - just mow around the edge for some crisp definition.

Refreshing The Lawn | Reseeding The Grass | The Best Way To Cut The Lawn

2 Get Cosy Under Canvas

Whether it’s a small tepee for children to camp out in or a cavernous party place, tents have gone from purely functional to fabulous.

Tepee for children | Camp out in a cavernous party place | Cosy under canvas

3 Plant For Pollinators

Seeing plants buzzing with bees and butterflies is one of the joys of spring and summer. Purpletop vervain is a long-time wildlife garden favourite with clusters of intense vibrant purple flower and airy manner, but the shorter ‘Lollipop’ cultivar has the same characteristics and provides a more understated choice for the front of borders.

The Best Plants For Bees and Butterflies | Pollinating Plants | Plants For Pollinators

4 Go green

From ditching plastic pots to harvesting valuable water, many of us are now seeking out more environmentally friendly ways to garden. With the rise in alternatives to the dreadful pesticides and fungicides or ditching sprays altogether, consider natural pest control, companion planting and good ol’ fashion weed control — By hand. A quick tip: Avoid compost with PEAT.

Plastic-Free Seedling Pots | Plastic Free Gardening | Green Gardening | Eco-Friendly gardening

5 Make A Fire

Of course, we would suggest this. Why wouldn’t we? It’s not like we supply wood fuel, or is it… It’s time for barbecues to move over, it isnow all about cooking around and on a campfire (or fire pit). Check out the Kadai Fire Bowl made from recycled oil barrels… They look fabulous!

Cooking On Fire | Fire Pits | Kadai Fire Pit | Summer Barbeque | How to make a fire pit | how to light a fire pit | garden fire pit | fire pits uk | outside fire pit | outdoor fire pit

6 Upcycle Unused Clutter Into A Planter

I bet you never thought you could use an old garden boot, or a dented colander did you? Well, find those old boots, dented colanders, glass jars or even cans from all those canned goods you’ve been using lately and make creative (and free) planters. Poke around in your cupboards or closets for items that can hold soil, drill some drain holes, then use them to plant early spring flower seeds such as pansies, violas or nasturtiums.

 Boots for plant pot | Cans for seedlings | reused planters

7 Feed the Birds

Birdwatching brings joy any time of the year, and with many species migrating now, you may get to see one that wouldn’t normally visit your feeders. Mix up a marvel meal, a high-energy seed and peanut butter food, that can be smeared into tree bark or pine cones. Seeing and hearing your happy, little visitors will lift your spirits.

Bird Feeding | Birdwatching | How To Make Bird Feeders | Eco Bird Feed | Sustainable Bird Feeder | DIY Bird Feeder

8 Invest In A Green Roof

Eco roofs are booming increasingly popular as they help increase biodiversity, provide good insulation, improve air quality and control water runoff — They’re also very attractive. There are plenty of products available — You can even retrofit an existing shed and garage if they are able to take the weight.

Green Roof | Eco Roofs | Increase Biodiversity with Green Roofs | Plant Covered Roof

9 Permeable Surfaces

One of the most eco-friendly things a garden can do is decrease rainwater runoff. Consider a permeable surface if you’re doing a hardscape project, and use captured rainwater or greywater in the garden.

Landscaping ideas for surfaces that allow water to seep into the ground to aid filtration and slow the flow into drains and waterways are gaining momentum. From a design perspective, permeable surfaces introduce the satisfying crunch of gravel underfoot and add a softer element to hard surfaces.

Permeable Surfaces | Eco-Friendly things A Garden Can Do | Landscaping Ideas For Surfaces Allow Water To Seep | Water Runoff

10 Sustainable Garden Furniture

Spring is normally the time we take a look at refreshing our garden furniture so why not consider reusing or recycling furniture for the garden? We’ve seen people recycle old sewing machine tables and four chairs from a second-hand shop. Even looking on eBay or gumtree, as well as local junk shops. If you’d prefer to not go through the effort of upcycling, look out for brands which are doing their very best to act sustainably. For example, DuraOcean has created a chair made from recycled ocean plastic waste.

DuraOcean | 100% Recycled Ocean Plastic Waste | Second Shop | Upcycling Furniture

And that's a wrap for our 10 Garden Update ideas. If you have any ideas that you're proud to have done leave and comment and we'll share them on our Instagram @kindwood

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Packaging and Transportation made Loud and Clear

Posted by Taylor Gathercole

Those of you who have known us from the start and have gotten to know us well will know that we're all about authenticity and transparency. Those of you who don't know us quite so well, being authentic and transparent about each stage of the journey your wood fuel goes on is incredibly important to us. There's often a lot of confusion around packaging. What packaging can we recycle? What is it made from? Is it good for the planet?⠀

As a Direct-To-Consumer business, we have to use packaging to get the wood fuel to our customers and we have put a lot of thought, time and money into finding the best way to do this. ⠀

We aim to be as ethical as we can and we're willing to improve, adapt and propel forward whilst being authentic and honest with our customers.⠀

Item Packaging

Crates

Both The Big Crate and Little Crate use ex-fruit/vegetable crates from farms and orchards. As a way to encourage reusability, and to discourage single-use plastic we opted for ideas that not only looks good but makes it easy to enjoy the kind comfort experience. 

They're both untreated, which means you're able to use them as kindling, should you wish to not reuse them. 

Hessian Material

We use a hessian material across our entire range whether that is in the form of sacks or as a top cover for the crates. Jute is a long, soft, shiny vegetable fibre that can be spun into coarse, strong threads — They're great for lining the bottom of your crates, reusing for your vegetables or even for Christmas sacks. It is also biodegradable and compostable (it degrades biologically in 1 to 2 years).

Information Label

All our products come with a product/information label attached to them which outlines products features/benefits, made from 150gsm FSC 100% recycled silk paper using non-GM modified vegetable-based inks. These are climate positive certified.

Delivery Packaging

Cardboard Box

Our outer cardboard boxes are recycled cardboard and can be recycled again and printing is minimal with a single colour used to save on ink which is plant-based.

We seal the boxes with a paper-based tape so that you don't need to remove this before recycling the box.

Shrink Wrap

Due to transportation requirements, all palletised orders must be secured in shrink wrap. Rather than opting for the easy route of plastic shrink wrap, we have been fortunate to source a wrap which is crated from Sugar cane, in a 100% renewable factory. It is 100% recyclable. 

Transportation

Small Orders

We decided to use Parcel Force to get our small orders to our customers. They have achieved the ISO14001 standard for all their operational and headquarter sites. They use over 1,100 eco-start delivery vans and are currently trialling electric and hybrid vehicles.

Palletised Orders

We decided to use Jack Richards & Son, who are on the Palletline Network. Which is a network of national hubs which is able to dramatically decrease road miles. More information will be shared as work with our partners to create a further positive impact in distribution.

Cost

Our packaging costs us a lot more, for example, our Hessian Sack of Logs costs us 1001% more than if we were to use nets or plastic bags. We're willing to pay the price if it means we can be kinder to our planet and live life in comfort.⠀

Read more

Those of you who have known us from the start and have gotten to know us well will know that we're all about authenticity and transparency. Those of you who don't know us quite so well, being authentic and transparent about each stage of the journey your wood fuel goes on is incredibly important to us. There's often a lot of confusion around packaging. What packaging can we recycle? What is it made from? Is it good for the planet?⠀

As a Direct-To-Consumer business, we have to use packaging to get the wood fuel to our customers and we have put a lot of thought, time and money into finding the best way to do this. ⠀

We aim to be as ethical as we can and we're willing to improve, adapt and propel forward whilst being authentic and honest with our customers.⠀

Item Packaging

Crates

Both The Big Crate and Little Crate use ex-fruit/vegetable crates from farms and orchards. As a way to encourage reusability, and to discourage single-use plastic we opted for ideas that not only looks good but makes it easy to enjoy the kind comfort experience. 

They're both untreated, which means you're able to use them as kindling, should you wish to not reuse them. 

Hessian Material

We use a hessian material across our entire range whether that is in the form of sacks or as a top cover for the crates. Jute is a long, soft, shiny vegetable fibre that can be spun into coarse, strong threads — They're great for lining the bottom of your crates, reusing for your vegetables or even for Christmas sacks. It is also biodegradable and compostable (it degrades biologically in 1 to 2 years).

Information Label

All our products come with a product/information label attached to them which outlines products features/benefits, made from 150gsm FSC 100% recycled silk paper using non-GM modified vegetable-based inks. These are climate positive certified.

Delivery Packaging

Cardboard Box

Our outer cardboard boxes are recycled cardboard and can be recycled again and printing is minimal with a single colour used to save on ink which is plant-based.

We seal the boxes with a paper-based tape so that you don't need to remove this before recycling the box.

Shrink Wrap

Due to transportation requirements, all palletised orders must be secured in shrink wrap. Rather than opting for the easy route of plastic shrink wrap, we have been fortunate to source a wrap which is crated from Sugar cane, in a 100% renewable factory. It is 100% recyclable. 

Transportation

Small Orders

We decided to use Parcel Force to get our small orders to our customers. They have achieved the ISO14001 standard for all their operational and headquarter sites. They use over 1,100 eco-start delivery vans and are currently trialling electric and hybrid vehicles.

Palletised Orders

We decided to use Jack Richards & Son, who are on the Palletline Network. Which is a network of national hubs which is able to dramatically decrease road miles. More information will be shared as work with our partners to create a further positive impact in distribution.

Cost

Our packaging costs us a lot more, for example, our Hessian Sack of Logs costs us 1001% more than if we were to use nets or plastic bags. We're willing to pay the price if it means we can be kinder to our planet and live life in comfort.⠀

Read more

Waving Goodbye To Wet Wood and House Coal

Posted by Taylor Gathercole

It is with great pleasure we hear about the latest announcement from DEFRA who have stated they will phasing out both house coal and wet wood to cut pollution.

"Sales of two of the most polluting fuels, wet wood and house coal, will be phased out from 2021 to 2023, to give householders and suppliers time to move to cleaner alternatives such as dry wood and manufactured solid fuels." [1] 

An excellent step in the right direction towards regulating the solid fuel industry, and making it more accessible for consumers to ensure they're purchasing the safest and least polluting fuel for their home fires.

From the beginning, we implemented a sustainability strategy, which would fit the government's plans moving forward, and ultimately begin to raise the standard of solid fuel that is currently being produced.

This is why we make sure all our wood fuel is 20% or below moisture content, comes from ASNW or SSSI Woodlands within an 80-mile radius of production yard, using modern-day sustainable practices, processed using 100% renewable energy and kiln-dried using captured waste heat from an on-site biogas plant.

By moving towards the use of cleaner fuels such as dry wood (20% or below moisture content) we can all play a part in improving the health of millions of people, lessen the risk of house fires and improve the impacts on our environment.

Facts: 

  • Sales of all bagged traditional house will be phased out by February 2021
  • Sales of all loose coal direct to customers via approved coal merchants will end by February 2023
  • Sales of wet wood in units of under two cubic metres will be restricted from February 2021
  • Wet wood solid in larger volumes (more than 2 cubic metres) will need to show how to dry it before burning from this date
  • Manufacturers of solid fuels will also need to show they have a very low sulphur content and only emit a small amount of smoke

For the record, this is not a ban on wood-burning stoves or even open fires. This is the government finally putting regulations in place to make sure we're burning clean solid fuel. Something we believe should have happened many years ago.

We hope moving forward that Wood Sure, Ready To Burn Certification becomes mandatory for all solid fuel suppliers.  

Here are 5 steps for a cleaner greener burn:

1) Make sure you know where the wood is coming from and the supplier's practices to reduce CO2 in the distribution and processing.

2) Ensure your wood fuel is sustainably harvested so that woodland is maintained as a carbon store and renewable resource.

3) Dry, season and store your wood properly or buy seasoned timber that is ‘Ready to Burn’ to drastically reduce emissions of particulates during burning.

4) Use an efficient wood burner, ideally one that is 2022 ECO-DESIGN READY. These have enhanced efficiency and many are permitted for use in smoke control areas.

5) Service and clean your flue and burner regularly to maintain efficiency.

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/21/house-coal-and-wet-wood-to-be-phased-out-by-2023-to-cut-pollution?fbclid=IwAR2tDQEpwkUbigO-kLiL9eUiy4Y-SdY1sI-Z-aYalICZGud1KrkFfOOqHt4

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It is with great pleasure we hear about the latest announcement from DEFRA who have stated they will phasing out both house coal and wet wood to cut pollution.

"Sales of two of the most polluting fuels, wet wood and house coal, will be phased out from 2021 to 2023, to give householders and suppliers time to move to cleaner alternatives such as dry wood and manufactured solid fuels." [1] 

An excellent step in the right direction towards regulating the solid fuel industry, and making it more accessible for consumers to ensure they're purchasing the safest and least polluting fuel for their home fires.

From the beginning, we implemented a sustainability strategy, which would fit the government's plans moving forward, and ultimately begin to raise the standard of solid fuel that is currently being produced.

This is why we make sure all our wood fuel is 20% or below moisture content, comes from ASNW or SSSI Woodlands within an 80-mile radius of production yard, using modern-day sustainable practices, processed using 100% renewable energy and kiln-dried using captured waste heat from an on-site biogas plant.

By moving towards the use of cleaner fuels such as dry wood (20% or below moisture content) we can all play a part in improving the health of millions of people, lessen the risk of house fires and improve the impacts on our environment.

Facts: 

  • Sales of all bagged traditional house will be phased out by February 2021
  • Sales of all loose coal direct to customers via approved coal merchants will end by February 2023
  • Sales of wet wood in units of under two cubic metres will be restricted from February 2021
  • Wet wood solid in larger volumes (more than 2 cubic metres) will need to show how to dry it before burning from this date
  • Manufacturers of solid fuels will also need to show they have a very low sulphur content and only emit a small amount of smoke

For the record, this is not a ban on wood-burning stoves or even open fires. This is the government finally putting regulations in place to make sure we're burning clean solid fuel. Something we believe should have happened many years ago.

We hope moving forward that Wood Sure, Ready To Burn Certification becomes mandatory for all solid fuel suppliers.  

Here are 5 steps for a cleaner greener burn:

1) Make sure you know where the wood is coming from and the supplier's practices to reduce CO2 in the distribution and processing.

2) Ensure your wood fuel is sustainably harvested so that woodland is maintained as a carbon store and renewable resource.

3) Dry, season and store your wood properly or buy seasoned timber that is ‘Ready to Burn’ to drastically reduce emissions of particulates during burning.

4) Use an efficient wood burner, ideally one that is 2022 ECO-DESIGN READY. These have enhanced efficiency and many are permitted for use in smoke control areas.

5) Service and clean your flue and burner regularly to maintain efficiency.

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/21/house-coal-and-wet-wood-to-be-phased-out-by-2023-to-cut-pollution?fbclid=IwAR2tDQEpwkUbigO-kLiL9eUiy4Y-SdY1sI-Z-aYalICZGud1KrkFfOOqHt4

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