Log burners and open fires have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the past few years. Andy Taylor explains how you can have a continuous supply of dry, well seasoned, wood by investing in a log store.
Robert Hall investigates how manufacturers like Swallow Greenhouses are beginning to invest in Thermowood (Thermally Modified Wood) and analyses what this might mean for the UK garden buildings market.
It was on Monday the 27th October 2014 that I got an email out of the blue from Howard Roberts at Swallow Greenhouses GB saying
"We are introducing Thermally modified buildings. Called Thermowood. This product is excellent..."
So with great excitement, I called him to find out more about this product and what it will mean to the UK greenhouse and garden buildings market.
Swallow are one of the leading independent garden building companies in the UK, specialising in the manufacture and installation of quality timber greenhouses, which are delivered and installed in the United Kingdom.
View the range of Swallow Thermally Modified Greenhouses at GardenSite.co.uk.
Howard described how thermally modified wood is wood that has been modified by a process of wood being heated (baked) to 250 degrees in a special oven with the doors closed and the air pumped out. According to Howard the process kills the proteins and resins and shrinks the capillaries. Howard then used the analogy of a piece of bread and a toaster, to describe how the wood is changed to become stronger, just like a piece of toast after it has been toasted.
According to Howard, thermowood:
In the UK it is currently used for cladding large commercial buildings and commercial decking but Swallow Greenhouses are the first company to put it into the UK domestic greehouse market. It will be interesting to see if any other UK garden building manufactuers adopt this type of wood, I will keep you updated.
Here in Birmingham, the weather has been as changeable as ever, very warm just before Easter followed by a cold spell only last week. During May the threat of further frost will largely pass and, with spring well under way, Robert Hall is in no doubt that this is going to be a busy month in the garden.
The weather forecast is for a sizzling summer and David Coton is already looking forward to preparing delicious barbecued food for his family and friends. Barbecues have become incredibly popular over recent years and here is David's guide on what to look out for when choosing one of these summer essentials.
Sheds of any kind are ubiquitous in the British garden and, due to their popularity, there are plenty to choose from. David Coton explores the basic considerations that need to be taken into account before purchasing one.
Robert Hall, senior partner at GardenSite.co.uk has been elected to sit on the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) Judging Panel for 2017. The news was announced on 31st March 2017 on the GIMA website.