Fire Safety Tips for the Festive Season

Getting your home nice and cosy for Christmas with an open fire is always a treat, but it’s always important to make sure that it’s safe. Our kiln-dried logs, typically Ash or Beech, help to create a consistent flame and longer burn time, meaning you can keep warmer for loner. Once you’ve your fire going, be sure to follow these tips to make sure you’re safe this season.

  • It goes without saying, but try to keep easily flammable materials away from open flames (this means stockings too!).
  • Try not to use too much paper to build your fire, as sometimes it can contribute towards chimney fires.
  • Always ensure there’s plenty of ventilation in the room you are using, as well as escape routes should the fire get out of control.
  • Try to keep a glass or metal screen in front to the fireplace opening to prevent sparks from jumping out onto carpets or rugs.
  • Burning charcoal indoors can give off carbon monoxide, use some of our premium smokeless coal instead.
  • Before you head to bed, make sure that the fire is out. Never close your damper or leave the room unattended with hot ashes or embers still in the fireplace.
  • Always make sure that your smoke alarms are working in every room of the house.
  • If you find that you have frozen water pipes, never try to thaw them with an open flame. Instead, try to use hot water.
  • Have your chimney inspected annually and cleaned.

For more information about fire safety at home, please visit the following sites:

Fire Safety Guidance
The Fire Service

Our kiln-dried logs and naturally seasoned hardwood logs are always available for collection or delivery from the farm in Shalford. We also provide kindling, coal and log stores – contact us to place your order today!

What’s the best wood for indoor fires?

There are a number types of wood that can be burned for your home-installed log burner. We list a few here to describe the characteristics of these types of timber, when being burned.

Apple Wood

Apple wood is quite often a popular choice for log burners. It doesn’t create a blazing flame and provides a slow consistent burn.


Ash is considered by many that it is one of the best timbers to burn, and there is good reason to think it. With excellent heat production, consistent flame and slow burn, you can easily see why. Not only that it can be burned almost immediately, whereas most timbers need to be seasoned. That said, it performs even better if it has been dried out.


Cedar is a not a bad choice, it ticks the boxes when it comes to a consistent and long heat, but it is prone to spitting. Be sure that if you’re burning this type of timber that you use a spit guard.


Cherry is a good choice if you need a slow burning timber, that doesn’t produce a lot of deposits in the flue but you have to ensure that the cherry wood you’re using has been seasoned well.


Hawthorn is a good solid timber that carries the classic log burner traits, such as slow burn and decent heat output. It is even said that Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread!


Rowan is another classic with the burning characteristics that you will desire; slow burn and strong consistent heat.


It burns hot with a flame and doesn’t spit. We personally consider it as good as Ash.


You can rely on yew to produce a very strong heat and burn slowly, and it also gives off a pleasant smell. Be careful if sawing this wood and always wear a mask, it is known that this wood can also be poisonous.