Sparks, wood for fireplaces and tree types!

New Forest Timber

Trees, trees, glorious trees!




Which tree is best for burning eh? Beech, Oak, Ash..  Pine, Yew, Fir..




Hard wood is probably the best!

Soft wood such as; Pine or Fir tends to burn quickly and if still wet, can cause sparks – this being particularly dangerous, for those houses with thatched roofs!

In reality, timber should be seasoned too, if it is to be used for burning in a wood stove / fireplace, although, seasoning the wood can be a resonably time-consuming process, as the wood needs to be properly dried before burning..


The drying game 😉


The most common method for acheiving this, is for example; given the timber was felled and cut-to-size in the previous winter or the present spring, then the wood, would need to be sun-dried ’til the autumn!

It is usual that the wood is taken into one’s house, a few weeks prior to burning, thus taking the drying process to the final level and therefore making it dry enough and safe enough, for your stove!

Bringing the wood into the house a few weeks before burning, means that the excess moisture, evaporates due to the wood being in a warm house – this process will help limit the sparks given off when burning it!


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It is actually quite interesting how different types of wood, this being either soft wood or hard wood, can affect the look of a flame! For example; Soft wood such as, Pine or Fir, can produce a high wavey flame, whereas hard woods such as, Oak or Ash, more commonly display a lower-type flame!




What wood / timber is best for burning, in stoves / fireplaces?


Well.. That ole chestnut 😉


A matter of choice really.. As with most things in life!

I prefer hard wood, as it tends to burn for longer – I don’t mind the low flames and my use is for heating my home!


High flames typically found when burning soft woods such as; Pine, could be required for some applications, although it doesn’t generally burn for as long as hardwood, so for my specific use, well..


There is only one choice!


Until the next time.. 😉

Published in: on May 26, 2008 at 12:58 pm  Comments (1)  
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Pay a high price for a fireplace, or pay an even higher price!

Hi Peeps,


We recently had a customer come into our showroom to purchase a fireplace.


Nothing unusual..


We spent some time with her, as she required us to go through a number of package deals and non-package deals to see which one was most appropriate for her needs.


After looking at the fireplaces, we moved onto stone – this particular lady was interested in tumbled travertine.


It’s interesting how Travertine is becoming more and more popular with our customers, especially those Travertine stones with gold colours within..


The golden blend does tend to up the price; but still, as with all stones, there can be less expensive options too..


As a designer of stone fireplaces, I like most forms of Travertine! There are many variations to choose from… For example; Travertine is naturally a holey stone.  Travertine can be left in its natural form – it can also be filled and honed, or, as previously mentioned, it can be tumbled..


Some of the travertine stones have clear golden patches, whereas others have none or almost no gold at all!


Heck it’s a matter of choice I suppose..





The Lady..


Having chosen the fireplace and the stone she wanted, (of course, with the kind assistance of one of our skilled sales team), she left the store and bought the fireplace from one of our online competitors! (A competitor who does not have a tangible showroom and customer service facility and probably, the years of experience I will hasten to add)


I know all of this, because the Lady, after purchasing it from our competitor, came back to us to fix the problems with their installation.


The rest is history really.. The Lady ended up paying way more than she would have paid, not to us specifically, but for the whole job!


My advice in this case, is that if you get advice from one fireplace showroom, don’t expect the same level of service from another company in the same industry, just because they are in the same line of work – everyone is different after all!


Ciao for now, Buck!


Published in: on May 19, 2008 at 11:27 am  Comments (2)  
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Ring doves found near Dobbs Weir..

Good-day to you all!


I have been promising a post on thatched roofs – unfortunately, this is still in the promising stage. (lol)


It’s been real hectic here at By the Fireside.. We have taken on a number of commercial contracts and my time has been limited to say the least, but hey this is never a bad thing..


Please do keep your eyes on our posts, as this article should arrive sooner rather than later 😉


Yesterday was cool, we found a couple of ring doves out back, near our stone factory..


(I was polishing a fireplace hearth, it was actually my colleague who spotted the nest – he had popped outside for a ciggy.. I gave ‘em up New Years Eve!)


We’re quite lucky with our location.  Being situated on the Herts / Essex borders near to Dobbs Weir, the immense countryside provides us a wealth of wildlife! Really, it’s no surprise to find these beautiful birds nesting.. But, it is a blessing!


I have been lucky enough to see deer, badgers and squirrels – at the end of last week we all chilled down at the local and watched a squirrel carry half a coconut away that someone had dropped. It was only the shell, with a skimming of the white stuff left within, but hey to that squirrel, it was like the taste of paradise..


To be continued..

Published in: on May 14, 2008 at 9:38 am  Comments (1)  
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