Here are some tips and ideas for making the most of your wood burning stove. It’s that time of year again, summer is gone and the nights are definitely drawing in. Now is the time to reawaken your fireplace or wood burner to keep that chill at bay.

While you’re ordering your kiln-dried logs here are some inexpensive inspirations to help you create the perfect seasonal atmosphere in your home.

One of the quickest ways to introduce the new autumn season to your home is to use natural resources.

PINECONES

Pinecones can be found in abundance at this time of year. They are not only great for decorating your home, naturally, they also can be used with our traditional firelighters to get a lovely blaze going as you start your fire.

Tip! Make sure to leave your pinecones somewhere warm to dry thoroughly. And try adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil before burning.

CITRUS – ORANGE AND LEMON SLICES

Citrus is a fresh fragrance that help eliminate bad odours, first, slice your fruit and dry them slowly in the oven. These can be added to the firelighters stage of building your fire.

Tip! Use dried apple slices for a sweeter, fruity scent.

CINNAMON STICKS

I love the scent of cinnamon, it reminds me of apple pie and mulled wine. To create this pleasing and comforting aroma you just need one… or maybe two of these sticks to have the sweetest scent coming from your fire. Cinnamon comes from the bark of a tree, so it naturally is made for burning.

HERBS FROM THE GARDEN

You may have some sage, rosemary or lavender leaves in your garden. You could gather a few sprigs and allow them to dry naturally. Tied together these make for a lovely subtle ‘bouquet garni’ for a fragrant fire.

FRAGRANT AND ESSENTIAL OILS

Lastly, if you have a favourite fragrance that can’t be sourced naturally, why not try some fragrant oils or essential oils? Some of my favourites are eucalyptus, cedarwood, frankincense, sandalwood and juniper berry. A few drops added to your firewood before burning is all you need.

What will your home fragrance be this season? Do you have a favourite fragrance, we’d love to hear from you.

Have a great autumn/winter season with Nene Valley Firewood kiln dried logs.

WHICH LOGS?

To get the most efficiency from your fire or stove you will need kiln dried wood. The most efficient is kiln-dried wood with a moisture content of below 20%. Hardwood burns more efficiently than softer woods, so when it is available in the UK we would recommend kiln-dried hardwood as your number one option. This is available in big bags, cubic meters which can be stacked in your home, or smaller nets, which can be bought 10 at a time for just £60.