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.
One of the quickest ways to introduce the new autumn season to your home is to use natural resources.
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.
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, sandlewood 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 and naturally seasoned wood logs.