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  • Inventive Musings

    I do all my best musings when I’m walking my dog; I say walk – I haven’t walked Reckless for several months now. With all the wet weather we’ve been having, we go for a slip, splosh, a wade or a waddle and I must confess to being thoroughly fed up with it. It was… Read More

  • Our great British firewood goes well with another traditional staple

    Certainly Wood are proud to be a provider of British firewood, grown on British soil and dried and seasoned to the HETAS industry standard – an industry standard we helped to develop. Over the last decade this Herefordshire family business has gone from strength to strength due to the quality of our product, kiln dried… Read More

  • The importance of reducing emissions

    On reading the latest edition of the HETAS technical bulletin I notice a strong focus not only on compliance for fitting stoves and the regulations involved with this, but also covering such topics as ventilation strategy, combustible wall construction and ‘air tightness’. All seems pretty complex stuff for fitting a stove but all pretty crucial… Read More

  • Caribbean Fruit & Vegetable Kebabs

    Prep: 5 minutes Cook: 8 minutes Ingredients 1 tbsp. ground ginger 2 tbsp. brown sugar 1 squeezed orange 1 small-liquidized pineapple 1 liquidized passion fruit 1 squeezed lime 2 cloves chopped garlic 1 tbsp. Soy sauce Large strawberries Fresh pineapple chunks Tomato halves Sliced Corn on the Cob Whole mushrooms Red Onion quartered Sliced Courgette… Read More

  • Cooking on Wood: Roasted Chestnuts

    Prep: 1 minute Cook: about 5 minutes Ingredients Chestnuts Method Give the chestnuts a good rinse to wash off any remaining dirt. This will help soften the shells for alter on and reduce the charring on the surface as they roast. Cut a little X in the shell of the chestnut to let out the… Read More

  • A Guide to Wood Burning

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  • Old Clem’s Night

    Everyone’s familiar with Guy Fawkes night and all its surrounding traditions. However, there’s another fire-related saints’ day in November that’s often overlooked. Saint Clement’s Day was celebrated on 23rd November - a welcome excuse for another knees-up between Halloween and Christmas. It commemorated Pope Clement 1 – the patron saint of metalworkers and blacksmiths. Clement… Read More

  • The health of Britain's trees

    Part 1 You may have read one of my earlier blogs about Ash Dieback –Chalara fraxinea which first came to light in late 2014 at a very low level, but I am saddened to read that it is now spreading rapidly across the UK. It is now in the West Midlands, an area in which… Read More

  • Fan The Flames This Halloween

    The origins of Halloween can be traced back nearly 2000 years to Celtic Ireland. It began life as a festival known as Samhain – the halfway point between summer and the darker winter months that lay ahead and was one of four Celtic fire festivals held throughout the year. Costumes October 31st was also seen… Read More

  • Fire Festivals Around The World

    Here are some fire festivals taking place regularly around the world. Up Helly Aa – Lerwick, Scotland – Europe’s biggest fire festival with a Viking theme that takes place in early January. It has only been cancelled three times since it began in the 1880s – Queen Victoria’s death & the two world wars. http://www.uphellyaa.org… Read More