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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…

It’s National BBQ Week!

Although the weather has been typically British over the Bank Holiday weekend, people have been braving the elements to celebrate National BBQ Week, which runs until 3rdJune.   BBQing is now the top leisure activity for Brits during the summer months and, inevitably, the air will be filled by that distinctive smell of paraffin-based firelighters…

Holly & Ivy

Given our woodland connections, we’re always fascinated to find out how traditions involving plants and greenery came about. Last year we looked at mistletoe, so this year we’ve turned our attention to holly and ivy as well as some other festive flora. As with most traditions, using holly and ivy to decorate homes came about…

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…

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…

How To Hygge Your Hearth

Hygge was all the Nordic rage last year and the media went mad for it. In reality, the concept boils down to making your home cosy and comfortable for you and anyone who drops by. It goes without saying that a kiln-dried log fire is a must, but what else is essential to this Danish…

Herefordshire’s Own Hampton Court

Everyone knows Henry VIII’s famous palace and garden that sits in splendour by the River Thames near London. However, few people are aware that there’s an equally as splendid Hampton Court Castle hidden away in the heart of Herefordshire that’s even older than it’s better-known namesake.    A Grade 1listed building just outside Leominster, Herefordshire’s…

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 Aga Saga

Despite hailing from Sweden, the Aga has become as much a symbol of rural England as thatched cottages and cream teas. We’re delighted that the company added wood-burning stoves to its repertoire several years ago too. So we decided to look back at its many decades of success. Swedish chemist, Gustaf Dalen, lost his sight…

BBQs, Bits & Pieces

  It’s all in the detail, so they say. That’s why we’ve decided to take a look at what’s on offer out there in the way of BBQs and accessories that offer a little bit more. From our own delightfully-vintage looking Faltovn, to cutlery designed in the 60s that still looks contemporary today, we’ve reviewed…

Recipes from Feli’s Bar & Restaurant

We’ve been going BBQ bonkers down at Certainly Wood HQ lately, courtesy of the recent burst of knock-out weather we’ve had. However, our culinary skills extend to a few sausages and burgers most of the time. But what do proper chefs cook on the BBQ? Over the Malvern Hills and not far away (well, in…

Pot Luck with Herbs

Container gardening provides instant results and is often a lot easier to manage. It’s also a great way to grow herbs – how lovely to have fresh herbs on hand when cooking on the BBQ? We’ve put together a guide to help you decide which ones to grow and how to pair them with your…

The Morris Men

Take a stroll through the heart of Hereford and you’ll no doubt pass a glorious black-and-white building that would look very much at home on the set of a BBC period drama. The Tudor building is home to Philip Morris and Son, a wonderfully eclectic emporium that is run by John Jones and his brother…

Making the most of your woodpile

It’s a busy time of year at Certainly Wood with everyone stocking up on kiln-dried logs in time for Christmas. We often get asked the best way to store logs once we’ve delivered them, so here are some of our top tips. Log store A log store is the perfect way to keep your logs…

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…

Cooking with Wood

There’s something exciting about cooking and eating food outside. Perhaps it channels our inner caveman? Nowadays there’s all sorts of ways to cook outside, but we still think you can’t beat cooking on wood. No matter what your budget or the size of your outside space – be it a London roof terrace, a suburban…

Creating A Stress-Free Garden

A special thanks to Wyevale Garden Centres for contributing this article. While the garden is a great place to cultivate beautifully coloured flowers and lush, healthy fruit and vegetables, the best way to spend the summer months is in the sun with your feet up. A stress-free garden is a place that you can retreat…