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What Is Kindling and What Is It Used For?

Kindling is the wood which is used to start a fire, but it isn’t the only thing which is used. In order to start a fire, and keep it successfully going, you will need:

  • Tinder
  • Kindling
  • Fuel = Wood

When starting the  fire, the first thing needed is the tinder. This is going to get your fire started as it is easily combustible due to the materials all being shavings or shreds.

Types of tinder you can use for your fire may include leaves, shredded bark, dry grass, or birch bark. All of these materials should be around the same length as your hand and there needs to be enough material to fill your cupped hands.

Whilst you require tinder to get your fire started, the fire won’t stay lit for very long without the use of kindling. You may get the fire started with tinder, but without using kindling, you can expect to see your fire sizzle out as the reason for kindling is to keep the fire going once you get it started.

Lastly, you need fuel for your fire which will help to get it going and continue to burn. Fuel consists of wood which has been allowed to dry out and lose all moisture. If you are using moist wood which has been freshly chopped, excessive smoke will be released, and you may struggle to keep it lit.

Whilst you may be thinking about campfires when we are discussing the three requirements to successfully start a fire, the log fires in your home also require kindling. However, the kindling process can differ from outdoors to indoors.

When we are starting our log fires at home, we will often use specific kindling wood. This wood has been specially stored and cared for to ensure it is dry enough and has not been treated with any chemicals.

Kindling wood often includes of small pieces of dried wood, and this will help to keep your home warm and toasty with the fire going.


What Do You Store Kindling In?

The biggest factor which you must remember when you are storing your kindling logs is to keep them dry!

Any moisture which comes into contact with your kindling logs will affect the way they burn in your fire. Also avoid storing them near any open flames as they may catch fire.

Storing your kindling logs can be kept quite simple once you are aware of the red flags you need to avoid. Whether this is the containers they should be stored in or the location, this should all be taken into consideration.

One thing to avoid at all costs when it comes to storing them is plastic bags. Like we have already mentioned, they cannot become damp or allow any moisture to come into contact with them. If you store them in a plastic bag, which is not breathable, moisture will accumulate and ruin your logs. This also goes for any container which has an airtight lid.

Metal buckets, wooden boxes, or net bags are perfect storage alternatives which you can use to help keep them secure and dry.

Whilst you are able to store them outdoors, this does require a purposely built kindling shed which will ensure that the logs are protected from the elements as well as preventing any dampness entering.

Storing your logs in one of our net bags can be a perfect alternatively for home log fires.

These nets are 42x60cm and can keep your logs secure whilst indoors.


What Are Mesh Bags Useful For?

Whilst there are many uses for a mesh bag in your daily life, laundry bags are the most common reason and most useful.

We have all been there, when we have needed to wash a delicate item or something which is sentimental, and we are worried if it will survive the washing cycle. By using a mesh laundry bag, these worries can be eliminated knowing that your item should be much safer.

Keeping on the subject of laundry, using these bags will help you to keep all your socks together and avoid any going missing or ending up with the infuriating odd sock combo. The list is endless with all the possibilities a mesh bag can help you with. 

But this is not the only use a mesh bag has. You may have noticed that our oranges from the supermarket will often arrive in a red mesh bag. This bag is made from polypropylene and allows the fruit to breathe and remain fresh throughout.

However, we don’t use our mesh bags for these reasons above, we in fact use them to store our kindling logs or fruit and vegetables. These bags are very versatile and can be useful in many different ways.

A great feature about our mesh bags is the breathability and durability whilst they are storing or transporting the produce. Kindling logs must be able to breathe and can often split your standard plastic bag if they are stored in one.

Therefore, we store all our logs in our specially designed net bags which ensures us that they stay dry and secure.


Are Mesh Bags Environmentally Friendly?

Machine washable and reusable, converting to these bags can make a substantial positive impact to our climate change and global warming.

However, it is important to remember that the cotton mesh bags may not be able to hold as much weight or bulkier items as opposed to a polypropylene mesh bag.

Either way, using a mesh bag is going to help you with whichever task you require it for, whether that be grocery shopping, laundry, or storing your kindling logs. Not only are you helping yourself, but you are also starting to help others around you by making a change. 


Are Log Bags Recyclable?

We are happy to announce that a log mesh bag is recyclable once it can’t serve its purpose anymore. This is due to them being made by polypropylene.

Not only is this material strong and durable to allow you to gain multiple uses out of them, but as previously mentioned they are also recyclable either by yourself or a specific company who deals with this procedure.

It is important to remember that these bags cannot be recycled in your own recycling bin like you would with your milk bottles or cereal boxes.  These bags need to be collected by a recognised bulk bag recycling centre.

Before you throw away your log mesh bags, think if there is anything where they can come in handy around your home or elsewhere. If you are going to use your log mesh bag, ensure you have thoroughly cleaned and removed any wood splinters.


Is Mesh Better Than Plastic?

There can be a multitude of different benefits which come with using mesh bags as opposed to plastic bags. One of the largest benefits is the reduced number of plastics which ends up in the ocean.

Every year it is estimated that 14 million tonnes of plastic pollutes our oceans. Whilst we are unable to make water bottles, cutlery, and other items out of mesh netting, we can make our carrier bags out of this material.

On top of this annually around 1 trillion plastic bags are used across the globe and 10% of these bags may well end up in our ocean. Not only will they end up in our ocean and damage the ocean, heavily affecting sea life, but the production of bags can also supply a plethora of side effects.

Our mesh bags will take a considerably less amount of time to biodegrade and will not pollute our landfills on the same level as plastic is doing. Using mesh bags can help to start making a positive change to global warming and you can help!

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