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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…

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…

Winter Woodland Break

The countdown to Christmas has begun with all the big stores competing for the cutest, heartstring-twanging, most festive advertising campaign of 2017. A jaunt to a European city to take in a Christmas market is one way of escaping the seasonal UK kerfuffle. Alternatively, you could retreat to a cabin in the woods and take…

The Gun Powder, Treason & Plot

If you’ve been watching Gun Powder, the BBC’s serialisation about Guy Fawkes, his cronies and their attempt to blow up Parliament, the background to Bonfire Night will be that much clearer. But how did the tradition of burning effigies of the ill-fated Catholic come to pass and why don’t we do it these days? It…

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…

Beyond Camping

There’s camping and then there’s glamping and then there are experiences that go beyond definition. We’ve taken a look at some extraordinary places to stay all over the world that are certainly worth including on anyone’s bucket list. Longitude 131° – Australia Featuring breath-taking views of Ayers Rock, this sumptuous resort is the ultimate outdoor…

Fire-walking

Fire-walking has seen a resurgence in recent years, both as a team-building exercise and as a sponsorship opportunity for charities. Did you know that the lower the water content of embers, the easier it is to walk on them, which means our kiln-dried logs would feel like a walk in the park? Fire-walking dates back…

You’re Wood-Fired

In the ever-competitive world of fine dining, restaurants are always looking for the next big thing. In recent years, and inspired by Ekstedt in Stockholm, many chefs have returned to primal cooking over wood fires to attract the crowds. The trend has gone global and, with a vested interest in anything wood fire related, we…

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…

Our Favourite Places to Camp

To us, camping isn’t camping unless you’re able to sit around a fire at night idly dreaming of not very much at all. But nowadays, not every camp site in the UK will allow you to build a fire. So, we’ve taken a look at ten of our favourite places to camp (and some even…

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…

BBQ Beyond Britain

As soon as the sun shines in the UK, the air is filled with the smell of sizzling sausages as everyone rushes to make the most of the good weather with a BBQ. In comparison to many countries around the world, we’re barbecue beginners. Of course, everyone knows that the Aussies are big barby fans…

Hay Festival

Running from the 25th May to 4th June, the Hay Festival is one of the biggest book events in the UK. The main festival takes place in Hay-on-Wye, a mere 15 miles down the road from Certainly Wood HQ, but we were surprised to learn that the organisation behind it has also created more than…

Eight Great Camping Gadgets

Certainly Wood’s logs and Flamers are part of the must-have kit for any glamping trip in the UK (how else would you toast your marshmallows?). We thought we’d take a look at some other great gear out there from trendy tents to coffee cups.   Life-size Campervan Tent Always had a bit of a hankering…