You’ve invested in a wood burning stove to make your home cosy for the season ahead, and now you’re looking for the perfect seasonal accompaniments to get you through those rather nippy winter months. Read ahead to discover our recipe of the month, a delicious seasonal drink idea and some advice on which firewood will offer the most warmth for your home.
All the tips you’ll need to ensure warm living this winter!
Whether you’re gathering firewood yourself or purchasing it from a shop, you want to make sure it will provide optimal heat output, whilst being good for the environment. The best wood we would recommend is either ash or beech, as they both provide a steady flame and strong heat output. Other woods such as alder can burn quickly, meaning you’ll end up with a larger than necessary wood bill! Remember to look out for the ‘Woodsure Ready to Burn’ label, so you know that the wood has been left to season for the correct length of time.
If you prefer to gather your own wood, remember that it needs to be left to season for 12-18 months. Damp wood doesn’t burn efficiently and has a much lower heat output as a result. Investing in a log store and making sure you cut the wood into smaller sizes is a great way to ensure it dries well. Wood that is dry and ready to be used in your wood burner should have visible cracks like the log on the right:
For more tips on seasoning and storing firewood, take a look at our handy blog post.
December Recipe: Parsnip Soup with Mini Crab Beignets
There’s nothing better than curling up in front of your wood burner with a hearty winter meal after a long day in the office. We like to indulge in rich and wholesome seasonal foods that are perfect for this time of year. For December; kale, lamb, parsnip, crab, pomegranate and mussels are all at their best, amongst plenty of other tasty delights.
Here’s a great winter warmer recipe that’s guaranteed to take the chill of those nippy evenings - parsnip soup with mini crab beignets:
Recipe courtesy of BBC Good Food.
If you’re looking for something non-alcoholic and delicious to indulge in this winter, you can’t go wrong with hot spiced apple juice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Serve with cinnamon sticks and orange slices, and you’ve got the perfect festive treat that the whole family can enjoy.
Recipe from The Spruce.
We’d love to hear your hints and tips for staying warm this winter. Tweet us @HunterStovesGrp or leave a comment on our Facebook page @HunterStovesGroup. And don’t forget to share your warm living photos across social media, using #HunterWinterWarmers.
And if you’re looking for ways to make your home winter-ready, why not check out our eight top tips on how to get that cosy feeling this season.