“ Mixed wood, such as various species of pine, fir and spruce. Cut to fit both traditional and modern fireplaces. „
Recently I went on holiday to Wales with my family for a little mini-break after a bout of illness. As the weather has turned cold and the cottage we were staying in had real fires we stocked up on a few supplies. One item that my Mum picked up was these 'Big K real firewood logs', which she paid around £8 for in a black netting sack containing about 8kg of firewood logs. Having a real fire during the Winter months while on holiday is something that I absolutely love and we like to sit around the fire chatting, drinking, relaxing and generally just enjoying each others company without a television or other distractions. I believe my Mum picked these up from a small local petrol station forecourt enroute and they were something of an impulse purchase for her, along with firelights, coal, kindling and a load of other items - many of which weren't necessary!
This firewood comes in a black bag, with netting in places, allowing for a quick glance through the bag to see how much wood is left at any one time. I cut the top off our bag in order to prevent my husband trying to rip it open and possibly hurting his hand in the process because of the netting. The packaging is strong and functional but it is definitely not watertight, so you wouldn't want to store these on the floor in a damp shed as they would absorb moisture and may be more difficult to burn once needed.
The logs within this bag are a mixture of fir, pine, spruce and other woods with not much other information provided on the packaging, which doesn't concern me at all really. The wood used is provided with the help of the Forest Stewardship Council so at least it is coming from a sustainable, renewable and environmentally friendly source. These logs have been dried out to help ensure an even burning and these logs are suitable for wood-burning stoves, fire pits, pizza ovens, open fires and more. We used these logs in an open fire only with great results. These logs are not a uniform size, but I didn't expect them to be, and it was clear to see that there are different woods within the bag. Our fires were mainly light using firelighters and kindling to get them started and then these logs were used in order to keep our fires burning throughout the evening until just an hour or two before we wanted to go to sleep for the night.
Typically we would add just two of these logs to the already burning fire and these would last around an hour or so before more logs needed to be added. As we had already lit our fires using kindling and firelighters these logs were very simple to use and we had no trouble with them burning at all, despite them feeling a little damp at times. There was a large amount of heat released from these logs, much more than we were expecting when we saw that they were fairly small. There was a nice flame produced from these logs, which aesthetically looks nice and also helps to add to the ambience of being on a relaxing cottage holiday. The burn was clean and even throughout the week that we used these logs and there was minimal smoke released from these too, which was fantastic.
My initial thought when I opened these logs was that they were too small and that they would not burn as well as I want logs too, I was wrong about that. With low smoke, an even burn and high heat output these logs are absolutely fantastic. They made a nice gentle crackle here and there, as expected, which was pleasing and we had a lovely holiday exploring parts of Wales by day and relaxing in front of the fire by night. I initially thought that 8kg of wood for around £8 was expensive but we used ours for the five days we were there, with coal being used at times, and kindling and firelighters, and we left the last leftovers for the next people who were staying in the cottage, incase they were not as prepared as we were (thanks Mum!). I would definitely purchase these myself in the future and I was really pleased that my Mum had bought these on her way to meet us, especially as it was very cold at night over the 5 days we were away. I am rating these logs 5/5 as I feel that they done their job perfectly and did not let us down or refuse to burn at all, despite being a little damp towards the bottom of the bag.
We spent Christmas at a cottage in the Lakes and it was very cosy. It had a real fire and the owner of the cottage left us some logs to keep us going (for about 10 minutes) and then we were told if we wanted more we had to buy them from him at a bloody ridiculous price. I wasn't having any of that so off we traipsed to a garden centre which we found by visiting Tourist Information and this is how we found these great Big K Real Firewood Logs.
These were being sold off cheaply as they had become damp as the owner of the garden centre had decided to store them all outside (in the sleet and snow) and the wet had penetrated through the bags. My dear other half thought they would be a waste of money and impossible to burn, but I was determined I wasn't going to be ripped off by the greedy owner of our cottage and I lugged a few bags of these logs into he back of our car and took them back to the cottage. We stored them inside and I ripped open the bags and let the air get to the wood.
The logs were a mixture of different sizes but all of them were just about the right size for the fire we had. They looked like they were wood from various trees, including spruce, fir and pine trees. The bags were made of netting / polythene and although none of the wood had 'escaped' it was pretty obvious the bad weather had managed to penetrate through the bags.
I put two to three logs into he grate and I have to admit it was a bit of a pain trying to get the things to set alight and there was much swearing and general muttering from me as I sat in front of the fire for about twenty minutes trying to get a log to light (and keep alight). Once it did though, it was fantastic. The logs burnt through for about an hour each at a time and gave off a massive amount of heat - which was just as well, as the cottage was freezing cold.
I left the logs in the house for the duration of our holiday so they dried out properly and each time I lit the fire I could tell it was getting easier to light the logs.
The bags only cost me coppers and I felt a darn sight happier paying the garden centre bloke than I would have done paying our greedy cottage owner. Overall we were very pleased with the se logs and I would definitely buy them again.
They made the cottage warm and welcome and added great atmosphere.
I'd really recommend them - even damp ones!
It's snowing outside, but we're all snug inside watching the snow drifting down through the front bay window. The central heating is on, but on it's own it wasn't quite doing the job this morning so I lit the fire. Sure that the fire would be raging long into the evening I've given my usual lazy ways (Instant Lighting Firelogs) the push and gone for traditional wood in the form of Big K Real Firewood Logs.
I picked these logs up from my local garden centre in preparation for Christmas, but still had a few bags left over. Good job, as I really don't want to trek out in this weather.
The wood comes in polythene net bags and is the product of mixed wood, such as various species of pine, fir and spruce. Each log is fairly small so that it can be used in both modern and traditional fireplaces. Mine is fairly modern, so large logs would not fit safely in the grate.
In the past I have found these logs difficult to burn, particularly if they have been stored outside by the garden centre. The logs I'm burning at the moment have been inside for about 5 weeks so are definitely damp free, but I use an instant firelighting cube and a bed of torn up newspaper and tissue paper just to ensure the logs will light. They take about 10 minutes to catch properly and another ten to really get going and then each log burns for about 45-60 minutes. I generally put two on the grate at a time.
Although a real wood fire is harder work to get going than just using an instant light firelog, it is much more picturesque and there is the added benefit of the sound of crackling firewood. It is also cheaper than buying manufactured logs, but not as cheap as buying wood in bulk from a log supplier.
The soft woods in these logs do not burn very hot or for very long. For a longer, hotter fire, it is preferable to add hard woods such as Ash. However, as I generally light the fire in addition to the central heating in the day or to avoid overheating the house at night when the kids are asleep, soft wood is ideally suited for my needs.
Now, if only it had snowed at Christmas!
A bit more infor from the manufacturers website:
Avoids build up of tar deposits in the fireplace and chimney
Comprehensive safety/usage instructions provided in each net pack
FSC option available on request (I'm guessing this has something to do with forestry)