How to keep warm in the garden this winter
We asked Louise Wright of the Woodee how to stay warm when outdoors.
how do you light a fire? make a tepee out of kindling over a heaped bed of dry tinder. light the tinder and slowly add more kindling and logs in the same shape, as this allows air to circulate. ash is the best wood to burn, but it needs to be very dry.
any tips for a fire pit or mini bonfire in the garden? site away from buildings and overhanging trees. a fire pit can be situated on most surfaces but avoid wooden decking; a bonfire requires a cleared area – bare earth is best. make a slight dip in the base so that the fire rolls inwards on itself. Consider wildlife and build a bonfire just before lighting it so nothing hides inside.
any tips on preparing wood? First, cut the timber into logs. Then store under cover and off the ground, for at least a year. To make your own tinder, save prunings. dead, dry leaves and flower stems, such as lavender and nettles, make good tinder. hawthorn, birch, juniper and pine cones are great kindling.
What’s your favourite meal to cook on a fire pit? Bonfire potatoes and a ‘throw it all in’ stew. Finish it off with baked apples and i’m warmed to the tips of my toes! The Woodee, 01981 550524, thewoodee. com.