Garden Firepit? Get Your Logs And Coal

The range of household fuels that we offer here at Staffordshire Skip Hire isn’t just to warm the inside of your home in the midst of Winter. They are perfect for your fire pit in the garden this summer too.

The Firepit

When it comes to loading up our firepits this summer, there are a few things to consider before you just start burning everything you can find.
Every firepit is slightly different, some will be more durable, and will be able to withstand hotter fires that burn for longer, whereas others will have been designed to purely just burn logs and nothing else.
Many manufacturers will have this information on either packaging that comes with your fire pit or their own website. Always check this before your first use to ensure you are not harming your new fire pit.
If you do not have the appropriate information, please keep to just burning logs as these will burn at a lower temperature.
There are two main differences when it comes to firepits. Some have enclosed bases and others have open bases. Providing that the firepit can withstand the heat, both can be filled with coal as a base, however, an open base will allow the air to get under the coal and burn more effectively.
Using coal as a base means that your firepit will burn at a higher temperature and for longer. It will generally mean that you can start your fire early afternoon and continue to enjoy its effects into the evening (you may need to throw a few extra logs on in the meantime!).

Lighting Your Fire

As with your indoor fire, when it comes to lighting your firepit, you will want to use the best quality materials, which will increase the length of time the fire will burn and reduce the amount of smoke that it emits. For best results, use dry smokeless coals and where possible, kiln dried logs will also give you the best fire. Aim to build a small pyramid of kindling within your logs to get the best start. If you don’t have any firestarters, you can use knotted newspapers to give you the same start.

Fuel From Staffordshire Skip Hire

Here at Staffordshire Skip Hire, we have taken measures to ensure that we now only stock approved fuels following the introduction of new legislation from the UK government on the sale of wet logs and coal. This means that we can supply you with ready to go kiln dried logs and smokeless coals for your fire pit.
So whether you are opting for just a log fire, or a coal base, our products are of the highest quality. Allowing you to enjoy your fire, while falling within new government regulations.

For more information on the household fuels that we offer from Staffordshire Skip Hire, please contact a member of the team today who will be happy to discuss this with you. If you need to clear your garden out before you light your fire read our blog on Garden Clearance.

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Preparing For A Skip

You might think that hiring a skip is as easy as giving us a call, and your skip will arrive. However, there are a number of considerations that you will need to make before the arrival of your skip. Some considerations will be to make it easier for you, some are legal requirements and others will be for us to deliver and collect.

Where Will Your Skip Live?

Whether you are having your skip for as little as a day, or if it is there long term, or until the end of your project, you will need to consider where your skip will sit during its stay. Usual locations for a skip include your driveway, your front garden or even the road.
While you may have a lovely location picked out for you skip that is completely clear and even, you will also need to consider whether our skip lorry will be able to access the area. Narrow streets with multiple parked cars can prove to be somewhat of an issue when it comes to navigating our lorries to your home.
Aside from on-road obstacles, please also be aware of any low trees, narrow bridges and even low hanging cables.
If you are concerned about access to your home please contact a member of the team and discuss this with us and we will help where we can.

Do You Need A Permit?

If space on your property is an issue, or the skip is needed for waste from work on the front of your house, you might find that you need to have your skip left on the road. This will mean that you require a permit for it to be legal. You will need to check this with your local council. Check out our blog on permits for more information.

Should I Notify Neighbours?

Depending on the work that you are undertaking, a gentle notification can be seen as a polite gesture with or without the addition of a skip.
When it comes to notifying them of the skip, you may want to make them aware if it has the potential to impact them in any way. For example, if you share a driveway space, sometimes doors will be opened across the property line, making them aware may allow them to make other arrangements. Similarly, if your skip will be on the road as this may impact them on the approach or departure from their home.

Hiring The Skip

When it comes to the hiring of the skip, making sure that you have chosen the right size skip is a big consideration. Remember that hiring a skip that is too big will be more economical for you than one that is too small then requiring a second skip. If you are unsure what size skip you require, you can always contact our team to discuss your waste and we will be happy to advise your further.

For more information on preparing for the arrival of your skip, please contact a member of our friendly team today who are on hand to help. Check back to our blogs regularly for more ideas and information.


Revamp Your Garden With Ease With Machine Hire

Whether you have moved into a new home, or you have just simply neglected your garden, summer is a great time to get the revamp underway.
Looking out across your wilderness, you might be thinking would it be easier to just call someone in to do all the groundwork for you, but thanks to Staffordshire Skip Hire you can now hire your own machinery to help you get the job done!

Digger Hire

Hearing the words digger hire might have you thinking that the machines won’t actually fit into your garden. We are pleased to say that we also have mini and micro diggers in the fleet, making it far easier to get the machines into your residential garden!
Hiring a digger can make larger garden clearances a much easier process than digging everything out by hand. We also have a range of attachments available for our diggers that will enable you to make easy work of a selection of tasks. Discuss with our team how you will be using the digger and we can make recommendations to any additions you may find useful (and maybe even some hints and tips to see you through).

Mini diggers are great for a wide range of garden jobs, but they shine through for certain tasks such as:

  • Breaking down small constructions
  • Digging holes and trenches
  • Excavating ponds
  • Levelling out landscapes
  • Removing tree stumps
  • Repairing sewage lines
  • Installing a pool or hot tub
  • Ploughing snow in preparation for other work

Skip Hire

It might be great fun getting behind the controls of a mini digger for the day, but have you considered where you will be putting all the unwanted ground that you will be digging up? Hiring a skip after the initial dig will have you working twice as hard to move your waste. Consider hiring a skip at the same time as your machinery to make the removal of waste one simple step.
When it comes to deciding on the size of skip you require, we always recommend over-estimating. It’ll be much kinder on your pocket to hire a skip that is too large than to need a second skip. You will also be surprised at how quickly a skip fills up, especially with garden waste. Check out our blog on Garden Clearance for more information.

If you are unsure which machinery is best for your job, please contact a member of our expert team today who will be happy to assist you and make recommendations where possible. Check back to our blogs for a range of other ideas on how the Staffordshire Skip Hire team can assist you with your home and garden renovations.