Picture this: it's Christmas evening, it's freezing cold outside and snow has just started to fall (we aren't the only ones dreaming of a white Christmas, surely?). Whether you are opening Christmas presents, watching a classic Christmas movie, eating your favourite Christmas treats, playing Christmas games or simply having that all-important post-Christmas dinner snooze, there's nothing quite like doing it all in front of a roaring fire with your loved ones by your side.
A home fire not only heats your home but it really adds to the cosy aesthetic that many of us associate with winter and Christmas time. If you are anything like us, you will agree that decorating your fireplace has become just as important as decorating the Christmas tree! Whether you like to hang stockings across the mantelpiece or prefer to adorn it with a Christmas garland, fairy lights or flickering candles, it's important to ensure you are decorating safely to avoid your set-up being a fire hazard. We recommended using fire retardant garlands and decorations, as well as using non-flammable materials to attach them securely. Keeping a fire extinguisher nearby is also a good idea.
Ensuring that you have your favourite fireside accessories within arms reach is a must during the coming months. There's nothing quite like cosying up under a blanket on the sofa with a cup of tea and a good book in front of your fire. For some, the winter months aren't just about staying in - there is something about being outside amongst friends in the crisp cold weather with the fire going, wrapped up in scarfs, hats and gloves, enjoying a mulled wine (or two!). If you are keen to use your outdoor fire more during the festive period, whether that is toasting marshmallows around an open fire pit with family or impressing guests with some new recipes on your wood-fired oven we realise that every kind of fire needs accessories! Take a look at our recent blog which features our top 5 gifts and fireside accessories this Christmas.
As you are likely to be using your fire more regularly in the coming months, it is important to ensure that you are maintaining and cleaning your fire regularly to ensure safe use. The first thing to consider if you haven't done so already is to get your chimney swept! Find out why it is important by reading our blog here. If you have a log burner, it's good practice to ensure that your stove is cleaned properly before starting each new fire. Most importantly, good fire safety begins with the use of high-quality logs. Our Hotties Heat Logs have a low moisture content of around 5%, they do not expand or crumble and give a consistent heat output and maximum burn. They can be used with log burners, open fires and other appliances and have low ash residue and no soot, which helps to ensure that your appliance is kept clean, making them a great choice. For outdoor fires and cooking, why not try our Pizzaz Pizza Logs?
If you haven’t stocked up on your wood fuels for the winter already, now is a great time to get an order in with us to ensure that you are fully stocked up over the festive season. Shop now for a very merry and warm Christmas!