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Firepits – The New BBQ

Firepits seem to have become the new BBQ in the past few years and with good reason. They look great and, as well as being able to cook on them, they are the perfect way to keep warm in the cooler summer evenings. There’s such a great choice out there, how do you know which…

Mantelpiece Make-over For Christmas

Stockings hang from it and crooners croon by it – where would we be without our mantelpiece at Christmas? Making it look festively fancy is one of the highlights of decorating your home in December. So, we’ve found some of the best ideas out there to share with you lovely people. First things first, and…

The Fragrance of The Moment

Feu du Bois, Pinion, Palo Santo & Oudh are just some of the must-have fragrances that have exploded in popularity in recent years. One thing they all have in common is the fact they are wood-based scents, often with an added smoky aroma. So why is the smell of wood smoke such a timeless fragrance…

Wood Piles and Other Things

It’s said that wood keeps you warm three times – chopping it, stacking it and burning it. Whilst Certainly Wood takes care of the first two on the list, how and where you stack your wood is down to you. Some people have turned it into an art form, but for those of us without…

Choosing A Stove

As winter approaches, we’re often contacted by people wanting advice on stoves, keen to establish how safe they are. Either they’re thinking about buying one for the first time or they’ve inherited a stove with the house they’ve bought. If a stove meets legal requirements, is properly installed by a registered engineer and maintained regularly,…

The Hearth of Christmas

Santa comes down it, we hang our stockings by it and we burn the Yule Log in it – so why is the fireplace at the heart of our homes when it comes to so many of our wonderful Christmas traditions? Certainly Wood takes a look at all the seemingly-crazy things we do to celebrate the…

Blowing His Stack – The Chimneys of Gaudi

With a few notable exceptions, most chimneys are added to a building as a necessity, rather than as a feature, especially when it comes to the sometimes mundane contemporary buildings thrown up in haste these days. The same cannot be said of the buildings of Spanish art-deco architect Antoni Gaudi, whose Willy Wonka-esque preoccupation with…

Chimney Fire Safety Week

Last week was Chimney Fire Safety Week, which might seem odd timing as we’re experience some of the hottest days on record. Nevertheless, now is a good time to think about getting ready for autumn and winter. Here at Certainly Wood, we think safety is the number one consideration before enjoying all the benefits having…

Queen of Hearths

Fires & Fireplaces magazine is like the bible for our industry and its editor, Erica Royle, could certainly cite all things hearth related as her specialist subject, were she to appear on Mastermind. But we decided to find out a little more about the real Erica.   How long have you been editor of Fires & Fireplaces?…

The Old House, Hereford

In the heart of pedestrian Hereford at the end of Market Place Square within an area known as High Town, is a rickety old half-timbered Jacobean building. It looks as if it’s been left there by accident, standing on its own as it does amongst the hustle and bustle of retail life. Built in 1621,…

Chim Chimney

A quick Google of Mary Poppins accompanied by the word chimney and you’ll soon discover there is an inherent link between the Disney favourite and fireplaces. We’ve counted at least 15 chimney sweeping companies called Mary Poppins in the UK and throughout both the book and the film, there are numerous magical references to fireplaces…

Famous Fireplaces

Eastnor Castle, a 19th century mock or revival castle, lies in Herefordshire at the foot of the stunning Malvern Hills, surrounded by a beautiful deer park, an arboretum and a lake. It certainly has a fairytale appeal. As well as a fascinating and award-winning visitor attraction, Eastnor is used for everything from weddings through to a location for…

dogs fireside

Dogs & Real Fires – 2

We love dogs. We love a log fire. So we totally love dogs in front of log fires! Thanks so much to Alex Bennet and Helen Hall for sending in shots of Boo and Enzo in the places they love. Keep sending your pics of pets and we’ll keep posting them.            

Famous Fireplaces

Traditionally, the hearth has always been at the heart of any home when fireplaces were the focus of family life. In each issue of Woodlore, we’re going to take a peek at some of the world’s most famous fireplaces – both real and imaginary. In this first issue, we’ve decided to find out more about…