After you’ve raked, mowed or blown your leaves into one pile, you’ll then need to decide what to do with them; either burn them in a bonfire or send them away for recycle with your garden waste.
If you don’t live a smoke-free zone (and have understanding neighbours) and decide to burn them in a bonfire, we’ve got a revolutionary gadget that will make the task far easier than you might think.
The Grenadier Electric Firelighter gets any solid fuel fire going quickly and efficiently. Simply load up the leaves into an incinerator, place the Grenadier near the base of the incinerator and switch on using the removable safety key. You won’t be chasing charred newspaper round the garden and you won’t be left with smoke in your eyes either!
Garden bonfires can be great fun, especially during a cold autumnal day. The smell of burning leaves can be so distinct and memorable and November is the ideal month because it is often dry and crisp enough. If you have a lot to burn, we recommend burning it in a metal incinerator to keep the fire under control.
Wet leaves produce a lot more smoke than dry leaves when set alight so it’s best to wait for them to dry up a bit before burning.
Burning garden waste lawfully
If you are planning to burn your garden waste, it’s important to know the bylaws:
- Make sure your area is not in a smoke-free zone by checking with your local council.
- Make sure that the smoke from your bonfire doesn’t blow across a road and so cause danger to the traffic on it.
- Don’t burn anything that could cause pollution or harm to public health. That rules out burning anything like plastic, rubber, old engine oil, and anything else that might produce poisonous fumes.
- It’s common courtesy to speak to your neighbours first before smoke starts blowing into their garden.
Even if your area legally permits bonfire smoke, it’s always best to wait for a clear day with little or no wind and remember that fires tend to get out of control quickly, especially with an unexpected burst of wind, so it should never be left unattended.