Why would I need an extractor fan with my BBQ?

Advantages of the extractor fan;


The Finman BBQ Hut works as advertised without the NEED for a extractor fan. That much is true, But, the benefits of the fan make it a MUST OWN product.


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Pros and Cons


. The constant flow air will make life a whole lot easier when lighting your fire pit.

. The six settings give you more control than ever before and put you in the drivers eat when cooking.

. No more excessive chemicals or intrusive fire starters required. Let the fan do the work for you.

. Lingering odours are repelled upon continued use of the fan

. Acts as fail safe for any dangers faced regarding carbon monoxide – the fan will protect you when in use. ( Still recommend a detector to measure levels to stay on the safe side)

. Gives you the ability to burn REAL dried logs on the grill.

. Kindling, logs, selective timber products, instant burn fire logs, hardwoods like Oak or soft woods like Pine, but be warned that softwoods can spit, they burn fact and they burn hot.

. NEVER BURN, driftwood, pallets, pressure treated wood or magazines.




. The need for a constant energy supply;

. The Finman Extractor fan is low input device that only requires a small amount of electricity to run, only needing the equivalent energy of a standard 60 watt lightbulb. But, it must have a constant flow and must have connection to a supply when using the hut, which can be a challenge  when dealing with outdoor buildings.


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. If you are unable to connect electricity to your snug for whatever reason then your options for power are somewhat limited. Batteries are inefficient as they wouldn’t be powerful enough to perform the task and wouldn’t be able to last for any length for them to be worth while.

. Solar power may be possible solution but that could be an issue for most in the UK as, quite frankly, we don’t get enough direct sunlight to produce enough energy to facilitate the needs. For that, we would recommend you connect to the mains.

Its really mains power supply or bust.


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Set Your Summer Free With Outdoor Hacks That Keep Life Simple



With more than half the British population planning to stay in the UK this summer, gardens and summer houses everywhere will be playing host to barbecues, paddling pools and good old fashioned family fun for everyone.  To make the most of your summer, there are a few essentials which can be done upfront, so you can get on with having a good time. From cleaning the BBQ so it’s ready at a moment’s notice, to setting up the garden so it takes care of itself, a little work now can make for a much more relaxing summer all round.

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If June’s record-breaking hot weather encouraged your plants (and weeds) to flourish, there are a few things you can do to quickly take back control of your garden.  Cut back any plants or trees that are getting too close to the edges of your log cabin, shed or summer house; around 1-2 feet is the advised clearance.  You will also need to support and train any enthusiastic climbers such as clematis or honeysuckle. Since they can become quite heavy, use strong twine or string to tie effective and robust knots that will keep them under control.  It’s also a good opportunity to use lawn feed to remove any brown patches and get your grass looking lush and green again.

All creatures great and small

In this hot weather, spare a thought for the small creatures such as birds, bees and hedgehogs in your garden.  A bird feeding station and a small dish of water can go a long way to help.  If, on the other hand, you want to provide a less friendly welcome to plant-eating slugs and snails, coffee grounds and crushed eggshells are a natural way to ward them off, since they don’t enjoy the rough texture.  


Finally, beat the Back-to-School September blues by getting ahead of the game with your brushwork.  Now’s a good time to repaint your fence, summerhouse or cabin with weatherproof staining, as it will dry quickly and be protected for the autumn weather.  It’s also worth clearing your gutters of any leaves (a long-handled brush is ideal) so that the autumn leaf-drop doesn’t cause any problems.

As the summer holidays begin, don’t miss out with an unruly garden.  A little effort now will free up your summer and leave you feeling rested when September rolls around.  The wait is over for the Great British Summer; enjoy.

By Karoline Gore ([email protected])

Why we must re-plant to save the future.





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For every log cabin we produce, we plant a tree in its place.

This is an essential practice. This is our real job. We take from the eco system but we must return the same effort. It is what will allow the next generation to be able to continue the process.

This is what makes us carbon neutral.

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“Providing it is sourced from sustainably managed forests, wood absorbs as much CO2 during tree growth as the timber product emits at the end of its life.” – (https://www.greenregister.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?id=493 )

It is for this reason (among many others), we use Spruce timber in our outdoor buildings. Using this system allows us, to have a sustainable supply of timber, from which we can use, and reuse indefinitely. Without, exposing the planet to anymore dangerous emissions that our tress protect us from.

We all have a personal responsibility in maintaining the ecosystem. You cannot disrupt the eternal yin and yang of our climate. You cannot take without being able to give. We all have to do our bit.



Water problems with your Log Cabin


Wood and water don’t mix well unless you’re in a boat, and even then the wood needs to be protected! So what are the Causes, Implications and Preventive steps?

Causes of moisture

  • Moisture from Concrete

Concrete slabs with more than 12% moisture content at the time of log cabin insulation can easily cause the floorboards to rot or warp. Joists laid on concrete can absorb moisture from the concrete, and that moisture seeps into the wood flooring and the walls. Water left standing and moisture that seeps into the wood can also lead to wood stains, mould or rot.

  • Moisture from Outside

Unprotected timber walls, doors and windows can allow moisture to penetrate the wood. If the base for your log cabin is bigger than the cabin base, the rain can run underneath. This is because rainwater can drip onto the base from the roof overhang, or water will run down the wall onto the base.

Water problems with your Log Cabin

Implications of Moisture

Over time, prolonged condensation causes mould in various places around the log cabin. Mould grows on organic materials, for example, wood, all it then needs to thrive is oxygen and moisture.

If there are excessive amounts of moisture there is the possibility of Wet Rot setting in. Wet rot is basically the timber decaying naturally in the presence of high levels of moisture. It may be that water is collecting on the timber. The problem may just be damaged paint finish on the timber allowing the actual wood to absorb excessive moisture. Damage is normally limited to the timber although the original structural problem may also cause other areas to be affected by damp (such as plaster or just decorations).

What to look for:

Check vulnerable areas of timber, such as window and door frames, for signs of rot. The bottom of frames is more susceptible to rot where water can collect or the wall/floor is suffering from damp. If the paint finish is damaged, this can increase the risk of wet rot. However, although the paint may look sound, the timber underneath may be rotting from the back. Timber suffering from wet rot will feel spongy (even through a coat of paint) and look darker than the surrounding timber. When dry, the timber will easily crack and crumble into fine particles. Timber in the roof can also be at risk especially where there is roof damage allowing rainwater to run onto the roof timbers.

If water is allowed to run under the area beneath the log cabin and pool, it can cause various issues.

  1. Sitting water will attack the floor bearers
  2. Water can evaporate and rise causing extra moisture to enter your log cabin
  3. If there is a plastic sheet or linoleum flooring moisture can accumulate in the air-tight gap, attacking your floorboards.

Excess moisture inside your log cabin will evaporate into the air and increase the levels of humidity indoors if your log cabin (or even areas of the log cabin such as the gap beneath a plastic/linoleum flooring) is poorly ventilated the humid air has nowhere to go. It will linger and end up as condensation on windows, walls, ceilings, lino etc.

Prevention of Moisture

  1.  Ensure that all external timber frames are adequately painted to protect the timber from frontal ingress of water. This includes painting the bottoms of the doors the stop.
  2. Make sure that any soil and other debris is cleared away from around the bottom of the log cabin.
  3. Make sure the base is the same size as the concrete pad.
  4. Place a damp proof membrane skirt around the base frame of the log cabin
  5. Raised concrete pad above ground level, with stones or earth around to allow water to soak away