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How To Stay Safe This Summer?

With the temperatures increasing across the Uk after we saw the hottest day so far reach 30 degrees, it’s safe to say how do we stay safe this summer?

Here are some general tips for the summer but you just need common sense!

  1. Use suncream, even if you want that glorious golden tan, no one wants to risk looking like a lobster!
  2. DON’T leave your pets in the unattended in your car! If you do I will come to rescue your dog! If you don’t believe how dangerous it can be for dogs check out this video. This should be all the warning you need!
  3. Be wary of open bodies of water. Yes, they do look inviting especially on a hot day, however, they can be deadly as you could be easily swept away by the undercurrent.
  4. Drink lots of liquids! And no not just beer, although that is tempting!
  5. To stay cool, get a hot water bottle and fill it then put in your freezer, once frozen place in your bed to keep It cool before you get in!

Fire pit safety

 

father's dayAnother way you can stay safe is by paying attention to your fire pit. Fire pit accidents are among the nearly 6,000 grill fires each year, sometimes these spread to become an outdoor fire.

  1. Do not place fire pit directly onto wooden decking or grass. Choose a nonflammable level surface to the place the fire pit on.
  2. If your fire pit is free standing make sure it has sturdy legs!
  3. Keep the fire pit 10-20 feet away from fences, buildings and other flammable Debris
  4. Don’t forget to use Firemizer in your fire pit!
  5. Do not light the fire with lighter fluid, gasoline or Alcohol instead use a firelighter for instance Firebuilder.

Stay safe this summer and enjoy the hot weather!

Top Tips For A BBQ

As the temperature increases, it’s the perfect occasion to have a BBQ. Although us Brits can have a BBQ in whatever weather!

To help with your BBQ adventure here are some tips!

bbqClean

Wash hands and surfaces often. Make sure to clean your grill properly as when cooking seafood this can stick to previously cooked food on the surface.

Preheat

Place Firemizer in the bed of the BBQ place coals over the top. Light the coals at least 30mins before you plan to cook. Do not put food on the grill until the fire dies down to glowing coals.

Cook

Cook to proper temperatures to avoid undercooked food. Use a food thermometer to get your food to cooking temperature.

Rest

Remove meat from the grill and allow it to rest for the specified amount of time. Its temperature remains constant or continues to rise which destroys harmful germs.

Serve

Hot food should be held at 140 F or warmer. Perishable food should not be left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature. 

bbqGrilling Meats
  1. Beef = if you are using ground beef cook at 71°C Fahrenheit, steaks cook at 62°C. Use direct heat for chops, steaks and hammers. Use indirect heat for roasts and larger cuts of beef.
  2. Chicken = when using chicken breast and legs cook at 73°C. For think pieces of meat cook over direct heat, larger pieces should be cooked over indirect heat.
  3. Pork = sausages should be cooked at 73°C while pork chops should be cooked at 62°C. Start cooking sausages on high heat so the outside is nice and charred then move to a cover part of the grill to finish off.
  4. Seafood = when cooking salmon or shrimp cook at 62°C. Oil the grill well to reduce sticking. 

The Firemizer Alphabet

We all had to learn the alphabet at some point so here is another one for you! The Firemizer alphabet! stick around as you might just find out some rather interesting things.

The ABC’s Of Firemizer

AXEA is for Axe. Did you know axe throwing is becoming a popular sport!

B is for Bonfire. When starting a bonfire make sure you check that no wildlife, especially hedgehog are among the logs!

C is for Coal. Have you seen our blog post all about burning coal? check it out here.

dirtD is for Dirt. Did you know that wood ash a perfect for sprinkling across your garden to ward away those creepy crawlies?

E is for Extinguisher

F is for Fire

 

G is for Gloves. When using Firemizer we advise you were gloves as the metal fibres can be sharp.

H is for Hydrant

I is for Ignite

J is for Jalapeno

K is for Ketchup. The perfect condiment for a hot dog or burger.

L is for Log

M is for Money. Save money with Firemizer

 

N is for Night

O is for Open Fire

P is for Pizza. Firemizer can be used in a pizza oven. Who can say no to pizza!

Q is for Quality 

 

R is for Retardant. This is used to slow or stop the spread of fire, this is commonly used for forest fires.

S is for Smoke

T is for Time. Firemizer will last up to 500 burn hours giving you a longer lasting fire.

U is for Unseasoned Wood. To make sure you’re burning as efficient as possible only use seasoned wood.

V is for Viper. The bite of a viper is said to feeling like a burning sensation.

W is for Water

X is for Xylopolist. This is a fancy word for a timber merchant. Find out more words here.

Y is for yakitori. This is a popular BBQ dish in Japan.

Z is for Zeus. One of his sons Hephaestus is the Greek God of fire.

How To Increase Office Productivity

With the hot summer days, it can be hard to concentrate when office productivity decreases and Firemizer team are no different.

Here are some tips to help increase your office productivity!

office

 

  1. Tidy desk tidy mind! Before starting a big or small project it is important to have a tidy desk and this can help organise not only your work but also your mind.
  2. Take more breaks!
  3. Manage distraction! Create a system to help manage those pesky distracting emails. If possible, only check emails at certain times in the day and stick to it or allow lots of time to check emails or manage distraction.
  4. It’s Bring your dog to work day! Everyone knows a dog can lift a mood and what better excuse to bring a four-legged friend to work.
  5. Remember 80/20 rule. Also known as the Pareto Principle states that for many events roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. So 20% of tasks yield 80% of results.

 

We all sometimes need a cuppa to get through a Monday morning. But did you know that coffee has some added benefits?

  1. It can lower the risk of heart failure stroke and coronary heart disease. In a study, Every cup consumed reduced each condition by 8%, 7% and 5%.
  2. It is a good source of antioxidants more than green tea and cocoa. Studies have shown that people get more antioxidants from coffee than from fruits and vegetables.
  3. It may help against cognitive decline
  4. Used coffee beans can be made into coffee logs which work perfectly with Firemizer!

 

 

References

www.health.com/nutrition/top-13-evidence-based-health-benifits-of-coffee#section2

https://time.com/5022060/coffee-health-benefits-heart/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Ways To Spend Father’s Day!

When does a joke become a dad joke? when it becomes apparent!

 

You can’t go through father’s day without a dad joke and they’ll be plenty more where that came from!

father's day Did you know that father’s day was created by an American woman who wanted to honour her father. He was a soldier and raised six children as a single parent.

Additionally, in China, father’s day used to be celebrated on August 8th but has moved to the third Sunday in June. This change was due to a linguistic one as the Chinese for eight is ba and their word for father is ba-ba. Therefore the eighth day of the eighth month sounds similar to papa.

Father’s Day was assigned as an official holiday by Nixon in 1972 and the most popularly purchased gift for Father’s Day is neckties.

What’s brown and sticky? A Stick!

 

father's day If you are stumped for what to do this Sunday, have no fear as we have 3 ways to spend father’s day!

  1. Camping. The weather isn’t perfect for camping. However, you could stay in a nice log cabin or wooden pod for the weekend. This is a perfect outdoor getaway. since most cabins would come with fire you can get nice a cosy. If you are braving the weather check out our blog on how to prepare for a camping trip.
  2. Build a tree house or indoor den. The tree house may take more time but an indoor den is perfect and it’s not just for little kids, there are loads of gadgets to step up your den making game, for instance, a phone projector perfect for watching movies!
  3. Cook or bake. Why not make their favourite meal? or cook together, a perfect way to spend the afternoon and you get to eat it too!

However, you spend your father’s day we hope its a good one!

 A ghost walks into a bar. the bar lady says sorry we don’t serve spirits!

How Can You Help Our Oceans?

How can you save our oceans?

As tomorrow is World ocean day it is important to know how we can help create a healthy ocean. Since the sea temperature is rising causing coral bleaching and plastic pollution is worse than ever causing marine animals to suffer, we need to do our bit for the environment.

Eat fish seasonally

You don’t have to give up eating fish altogether however to help with overfishing and help certain species avoid extinction, check when certain fish are in season. The marine conservation society has a sustainability guide, green rated [1 to 2] most sustainable to red rate least sustainable [4 to 5].

How can you help our oceansFor instance;

Alaska pollock – 1,2,3,4,5
Mackerel – 2
Atlantic Cod – 1,2,3,4,5
King Prawns -1,2,3,4,5
Brown Crab – 2,3,4
Albacore Tuna – 1,2,3,4
Humpback Salmon – 1,2
European Lobster – 2,3,4
Atlantic Squid – 3
Swordfish – 2,3,4,5
Pacific Halibut – 2
Oysters native, farmed – 1

Overfishing

You might have heard people say to be more sustainable cut-down meat and eat fish instead. However, if you aren’t eating sustainable fish this could be more damaging for our oceans. Catching fish isn’t inherently bad for the ocean but when boats catch fish faster than they can replenish this results in overfishing.

Another problem is the Bycatch. Which is the capture of unwanted sea life when fishing for other species. This is a serious marine threat as many unwanted species die, for instance, sea turtles. Many people who make a living through fishing are working to improve how they Catch the fish and conserve the ocean’s resources. To find out more visit the WWF.

How can you help our oceansHow to BBQ fish

If you do plan on cooking fish this summer here are some tips! Why not use Firemizer to get your BBQ to cooking temperature 20% faster!

1. Prepare the BBQ and clean
To make sure the fish doesn’t stick to the grill make sure you clean the BBQ as the fish will stick to anything you last cooked on it. Oil the grate as this will lubricate the BBQ so the fish won’t stick. Wipe until the grate is glossy.

2. Heat the grill high heat
You want the BBQ to be very hot as this will stop the fish from sticking. If you are using charcoal wait until the charcoal turns grey which indicates it nice and hot

3. Choosing the right fish
salmon, tuna, halibut and swordfish are some of the best to BBQ as these aren’t too flaky and shouldn’t fall apart. You want to use a steak like textured fish as they will hold up to high heat.

4. Prep the fish and cooking
Using any oils and cooking spices to your preferred taste. Place the fillets on the skin side down as this will help the fish hold together. It takes roughly around 3 to 5 minutes per side to cook.

5. Flip the fish and plate up
Use a metal spatula to flip the fish. Once cooked place on a plate and the fish should easily flake when poked with a fork and will be opaque all the way through.

It’s not all doom and gloom

How can you help our oceansSometimes it is hard to see how the small things you do will make a difference so here are some positives;

  • Deliveroo signed the ‘no shark fin’ pledge. This commits to removing ant shark-related products form restaurant menus on the platform.
  • Indonesia pledges $1 billion to clean up the ocean
  • In 2017 new Delhi banned all disposable plastic including plastic bags, cups and cutlery.
  • Sea turtles are making a huge comeback, increasing their populations by 980% thanks to the endangered species act.
  • The billion oyster project uses oyster shells to clean the polluted New York harbour. Oysters are natural purifiers and can cleanse 50 gallons of water per day. The group has restored 30 million oysters to the local waters but that is only a fraction of what was once there.

 

Five Wood Stove Myths That You Shouldn’t Believe

Fact or Fiction? Every product seems to have myths attached to it and wood burning stoves are not exempt from this. As Wood burning stoves have been a part of homes for hundreds of years there are many myths.

Here are five wood stove myths that you shouldn’t believe!

chiminea Stove flue doesn’t need to be swept

If you are using Firemizer in your stove even though it reduces soot in the chimney we still recommend you get your flue swept at least once or twice a year. The best times to have your chimney swept are just before the start of the heating season and after your stove has not been used over a prolonged period. The second time should be after the peak of the main heating season. As well as this, cracks could appear, or animals may nest in the chimney it is better to be safe than sorry as most chimney fires happen when the stove hasn’t been in use for a while. Check out our blog on cleaning your stove!

Stoves are bad for the environment

With the current climate change, emergency people are worried their stove could be harming the environment. However, this may have been true many years ago but as stoves burn off 90% of the fuel meaning this high efficiency leaves very little to up the chimney. In addition, burning wood is carbon neutral as it only releases the same amount of carbon dioxide as it took in.

Stoves burn the best when they glow orange

This is false, if you see a stove with patches of its glowing orange from the heat this is known as over firing. this will damage the stove. It can weaken the body of the stove and burn fuel at a faster rate.

Stoves are banned from cities in the UK

Many UK cities are smoke controlled areas where you can only burn a DEFRA approved stove. DEFRA stand for the department for environment, food and rural affairs, they have set a high standard for stoves to ensure a clean burn. Stoves with a low particle emission and very high efficiency are approved to burn in smoke-controlled areas. If you have an older stove using Firemizer is proven to increase efficiency and reduce particulate emissions by 72%.

coalI can burn anything on my stove

If you have a wood burning stove, you should ideally only burn wood. This should be well seasoned with less than 20% moisture content. Treated wood, for instance, wood that has been painted, creosoted and railway sleepers must not be burnt in your stove. These will release harmful pollutants into the atmosphere and could harm your stove.

If you have a multi-fuel stove, you can burn seasoned wood and smokeless fuels. Make sure that your smokeless fuel has less than 20% petroleum content with your fuel merchant before buying. A high pet coke content will overheat the internal components of your stove and will cause premature damage.

Modern stoves are not really designed to be an incinerator, so it is best to recycle your rubbish rather than burn it on the stove. Paper and newspapers can be used to start lighting the fire but never put any plastic on the fire.

 

What Are the Different Types of BBQ Around The World?

BBQ season will be in full swing in a few weeks and to give you some different types of BBQ inspiration here’s a look at how BBQ is interpreted around the world!

Japan

Firstly Yakitori. This type of BBQ style is a popular street food. The bamboo skewers are loaded up with chicken grilled over white charcoal. This burns longer at a lower temperature and doesn’t produce smoke. Yakitori is also a general term for grilled skewered meat but typically refers to either chicken or chicken innards.

South Africa

The South African braai centres on cooking meat, contributed potluck-style, with a wood-burning braai stand, or grill. Popular components include skewered lamb, sosatie, and boerewors, a South African sausage.

India 

A tandoor is s a cylindrical clay oven with a heat source that’s either wood or charcoal. It’s something of a cross between a traditional BBQ and a convection oven that gets hot, up to 900°F. The results are juicy skewered meats that are baked in their own smoke creating a smoky flavour. Bread like naan and cheese or fish marinated in yoghurt in a dry spice mixture are cooked in tandoors.

Indonesia

Ikan Bakar is a method of cooking fish over a bed of charcoals. The techniques vary throughout the islands but the fish is often butterflied, marinated in a spice mixture and placed between two grates or wrapped in banana leaves that go directly on the grill. The sauce often includes shallots, coriander, garlic, tamarind, turmeric and chillies, and can range from spicy-sweet to fiery.

Mongolia

Khorkhog is an ultraportable cooking method. Lamb or goat is put into a metal or sometimes a wooden bucket. Water is then poured into the bucket along with hot stones which create steam. This cooks the meat into something similar to a dry stew.  Alternatively, carrots and potatoes can be added into the bucket. As well as the bucket is sometimes heated from the outside.

Pacific islands

Earth ovens are among the most ancient ways to cook. While most of the world has moved on from using them, they’re still used commonly throughout the Pacific islands. While the cooking methods differ from island to island, cultures throughout the Melanesian and Polynesian Islands. The rest of the Pacific, still bury their meat in a pit in the earth. For this type of BBQ, the meat is generally marinated, finished with a savoury glaze and topped with tropical fruit.

New Zealand

Barbecues are a popular activity in New Zealand. Foods cooked include beef, lamb, pork, fresh fish, crayfish, shellfish, and vegetables. Additionally, sausages are a popular element of barbecues. A New Zealand barbecue is a mix of American, British, Australian, South African and Pacific Island styles. New Zealand’s Maori have the hangi, a type of earth oven, used for cooking on special occasions.

Korean Barbecue

This type of BBQ is a popular method of grilling typically beef, pork or chicken. Dishes are prepared on gas or charcoal grills built into the dining table. There’s no Korean barbecue dish better known than Bulgogi. This is served alongside fresh vegetables, made from thinly sliced beef sirloin and is marinated with sesame, scallions, soy sauce.

United States

Lastly America, there are Four major barbecue styles in the United States that are commonly known. North Carolina and Memphis that represent the oldest styles. Kansas City and Texas, which use beef as well as pork. The U.S. has a range of contemporary suburban barbecue equipment and styles. For instance, these consist of baking, grilling (charbroiling, grid ironing, or griddling), braising (by putting a broth-filled pot on top of a charbroil-grill or gridiron-grill), or smoking various meats.

 

What are the UK’s most endangered animals?

The Uk’s wildlife is declining. 1 out of 10 wildlife species are at risk of extinction. In 2016 the number of critically endangered animals reached 165. The UK is now considered one of the most nature depleted countries in the world.

To learn more about UK’s wildlife check out the Wildlife trust!

These are some of Britain’s endangered animals and some you may not know!

butterfly Tortoiseshell butterfly

Butterflies have been in decline in recent years. However, the small tortoiseshell butterfly was once one of the UK’s most common butterfly species but in 2013 it was reported that there had been a decline of 70% in the past 10 years.

Hedgehog

These cute creatures have seen a dramatic decline in the last 70 years. There were an estimated 36 million hedgehogs in the UK at one point. However, they currently stand at a population of one million. You can help these much-loved animals by being mindful when creating a bonfire [make sure to use Firemizer and Firebuilder] as hedgehogs love to hide in piles of wood. As well as this when raking leaves, check the area first for any hedgehogs hiding in leave mounds.

Scottish wildcat

Already extinct in England and Wales due to habitat loss as well as being interbred with domestic cats they are losing their genetic identity. There’s only 200 left in Scotland and conservationist are planning to release captive European wildcats to try and save the species.

Red squirrel

They have been in decline since the early 20th century and it is estimated they have dwindled to an estimated population of only 140,000. Compared to the American grey squirrel at 2.5 million, pushing the red squirrel out of most areas. Red squirrels are most commonly found in the far north of England and Scotland.

Turtle dove

Since 1970 the turtle dove has declined around 70% since the ’70s and now are on the global red list for endangered species. Scattered around southern and eastern England locations is where you could find them. Farmers were likely to blame for their decline however many are working with the RSPB to create feeding habitats for them. As well as this many turtle doves are shot by hunters in the south of Europe further reducing their numbers.

dormouseHazel dormouse

These dormice have been around for than 10,000 years, they’ve been in the UK since the last ice age. Over the last 25 years, the population has decreased by 75%. However, there have been efforts to repopulate these animals. Breeding pairs were taken to a location in Warwickshire in hopes of introducing them into the wild.

 

 

 

How To Prepare For Your Camping Trip

How to prepare for camping

How To prepare for a camping trip

Before you embark on your camping adventure it’s wise to check out this page from the Woodland Trust all about where you can camp.

Packing

Make sure to pack only essentials, sleeping bag, non-perishable foods, stove, first aid kit, sleeping bag and tent! For making a fire don’t forget to pack Firemizer and Firebuilder, they’ll keep you warm during the night for longer!

Food

When cooking try using the traditional campfire instead of a camping stove. You can use Firemizer in the campfire which will get your fire to cooking temperature much quicker.

Top camping foods
  • S’mores
  • Hot dogs
  • Burgers
  • Fish
S’more ingredients
  1. Cracker, if no crackers use cookies
  2. Chocolate or try chocolate spread, jam, white chocolate
  3. Marshmallows (there’s no alternative get some marshmallows!)
  4. Cracker
  5. Bonus fillings – raisins, caramel sauce, and fruit.
Wildlife
  • Keep bugs away by throwing sage into the campfire.
  • Use lavender or cinnamon essential oil on skin.
  • Sit away from standing water and wear insect repellent treated clothing.
  • Build a fire.
How to build a campfire?

What you’ll need;

dry wood, a handful of tinder, fire ring, matches and a clear area of vegetation.

  1. Place Firemizer underneath tinder bundle and use Firebuilder on top to help light the fire. Place the wood in the form of a tepee around the tinder.
  2. Leave an opening in your tepee so the fire gets the air it needs and will blow flames onto the kindling.
  3. The flame should rise to the kindles and spread throughout the wood bundle.
  4. Add wood to the structure as it starts to fall. Add tinder to maintain the fire.
  5. To extinguish sprinkle water on the fire to put out embers.

Firebuilder is waterproof and is perfect in wet or humid conditions.

 

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