The BZ Blog
This blog brings you creative TIPS, TOOLS, STORIES, FACTS and ‘interesting FUN’.
BURNING FIREWOOD for HEAT, FOOD and FUN has never been so exciting.
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EVERY WOODFIRE NEEDS KINDLING AND THE PERFECT TOOL TO MAKE IT HAS ARRIVED. I bought this tool because I believed it would split perfect-sized wood strips for starting and maintaining all my woodfires. It does. But also, my days of trudging along the forest floors, bending over to collect and…Read More
(YOU’LL BE SURPRISED WHAT KEEPS THEM AWAY) They can smell you from 25 meters. Their zig zag flying prowess is hard to keep track of. With tiny, barely visible frames, they hover, beady eyes fixated on exposed human skin. They’re relentless – they can’t wait to land, bite, and drink…Read More
INCLUDES CREATIVE TIPS FOR BUILDING YOUR OWN RACK Quick and easy, solid and sturdy – it all came together using odds and ends from my workshop. What came of it was no work of art – but it sure holds a lot of firewood. Sometimes the easiest and most simplistic…Read More
IT ALL STARTED WITH A DREAM…BY A FIRE. That late night blaze inspired the idea that became a reality. My mind went crazy with thoughts. I envisioned it by my side…next to the fire…alongside all my fires. The enthusiasm took over and with my thinking cap on, the rest was…Read More
I WAS IN SEARCH OF AN OUTDOOR FIREPIT THAT HAD IT ALL; One that could safely hold a modest amount of firewood…enough to kick out some serious heat for warmth on cool evenings outside my home – a firepit capable of grilling food, outdoors over an open fire. Appearance was…Read More
GET THE MOST FROM YOUR FIREWOOD SUPPLY. Choosing to add specific wood types at various stages of a fire can make a world of difference, improving the efficiency of every burn. Quicker startups with less smoke – hot embers for consistent open fire cooking – and fires that burn longer…Read More
BACK PAIN FROM SPLITTING FIREWOOD? Here’s What I do… It’s inevitable. If you cut, split, stack or burn firewood, you will eventually use your back muscles. There’s no getting around it. Physical activity will always play a part in your wood burning experience. Felling the tree – saw cutting small,…Read More
10 MUST-HAVE TOOLS AND GADGETS For many years the wood stove burned hot, providing heat for warmth, food and security. It was my primary choice for heating the home. I enjoyed the comfortable temperature, the savings on my energy bill and I welcomed the benefits of exercise. But most important,…Read More
CHANGE IS IN THE AIR, whether it’s SPRING OR FALL Both seasons boast mild temperatures and provide vibrant colors to our forests and neighborhood landscapes. It’s also a great time of year to add some spice to your front lawn or back yard. Giving your property a makeover is easier…Read More
PROTECT YOUR FIREWOOD SUPPLY USING THIS QUICK AND EFFICIENT METHOD FOR SHIELDING THE ELEMENTS. Here’s another way to keep your wood supply dry. Below, see how I used bungee cords, stakes and a tarp to protect (and season) a woodpile. Don’t forget to checkout my ‘personal tips’ list too. You…Read More
This article also includes cool tips for using floatables in the water. For your next outdoor adventure involving your favorite lake, creek or body of water, check this out…Relax in the water without floating away! (I admit it’s not my best outdoor tip, but it does solve a problem) ?…Read More
AS THE JAWS TAKE HOLD AND GRAB THICK BRUSH, tree limbs and large branches, the chain saw cuts through the wood. This handy tool is appropriately named The Alligator. If the landscape at your home or business is cluttered with trees and shrubs, you need to know how this Alligator…Read More
10 Activities for Having Fun During these unprecedented times there’s so much worry: our health, family and friends…our future. As we continue to stay at home as much as possible, why not use the time to improve our physical and mental well-being? KEEP YOUR SANITY! Try engaging yourself in some…Read More
If you burn wood for heat or food, you need to respect your wood supply. Whether firewood is delivered to your homestead, or if you’ve taken on the task of cutting and splitting yourself, the wood needs to be stored properly for it to burn efficiently. It’s not just wood.…Read More
This fire-starting method will work for all wood burners using a woodstove, fireplace, outdoor firepit or campfire. Where ever you enjoy the flames, get them up and running without a hassle. But why start the fire so quickly? What are the benefits? Is it safe? What sensible reason could any…Read More