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Standard Delivery is 3-5 days.

The cutoff time for Next Working Day orders is 12pm Monday to Thursday.

Please note, next day delivery is only available to addresses in Mainland England and Wales.  Addresses in Scotland will take an additional 24 hours and next day delivery to Northern Ireland may incur a surcharge

Pimp Kindling
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Pimp Kindling

Locally sourced birch firelighters

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Pimp Kindling
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    Estimated Delivery 2-5 days

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    Made in the UK

  • Description

    Pimp kindling is a traditional craft product which was transported to London in Victorian times to help the rapidly expanding number of city dwellers light their coal fires.  The pimps were made of hazel and birch twigs which were a by-product of woodland coppicing in the Home Counties.

    The art of pimp making is now being revived by local woodsman Mark Cottrell, who learned the craft from his father 30 years ago.  Mark uses his carthorse to drag the timber from the woodland and then fills the traditional pimp clamp with around 30 sticks that are off-cuts from his besom brooms.  The bundle is then squeezed and bound with recycled wire or string. 

    The enduring appeal of pimp kindling is not only as a firelighter but also as a fireside ornament.  Stacked next to an open fire or woodburner it can look too good to use!

    The kindling is typically 15cm in length and each bundle contains at least 30 sticks.

  • Delivery

    We offer two types of delivery:

    • Standard Delivery via post is £5.95. For orders over £100 standard delivery is free of charge.
    • Next Working Day For an additional £4.00, your order will be delivered the next working day.

    For Delivery to the Scottish Highlands, UK islands or international addresses, please see our full delivery details.

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  • Meet the Producer

    Mark Cottrell

    Mark Cottrell

    Birch besom maker for generations

    Traditional besom brooms have been Mark's family business for generations. His father taught him how to make a birch besom and Mark continues today with the same technique.

    The brush heads are made from silver birch, which Mark clears from a local Christmas tree plantation. In exchange for keeping the plantation free from birch, Mark is rewarded with a plentiful supply of sustainable besom material.

    The handles are made from hazel, also cut from a local plantation. Hazels need regular coppicing to retain their shape and the straight shoots quickly grow back making them ideal for bean poles and broom handles.

    In addition to besoms Mark makes other sustainable garden products like his oak boot jacks which are popular with wellie-wearing locals.

    When he is not making his besoms and bootjacks, Mark likes to renovate old farm machinery. He can often be seen at country shows in the south east of England with his vintage tractor and potato sorting machine. He's hopeful of renovating this threshing machine next, once he can work out how to transport it!

Description
Delivery
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Meet the Producer

Description

Pimp kindling is a traditional craft product which was transported to London in Victorian times to help the rapidly expanding number of city dwellers light their coal fires.  The pimps were made of hazel and birch twigs which were a by-product of woodland coppicing in the Home Counties.

The art of pimp making is now being revived by local woodsman Mark Cottrell, who learned the craft from his father 30 years ago.  Mark uses his carthorse to drag the timber from the woodland and then fills the traditional pimp clamp with around 30 sticks that are off-cuts from his besom brooms.  The bundle is then squeezed and bound with recycled wire or string. 

The enduring appeal of pimp kindling is not only as a firelighter but also as a fireside ornament.  Stacked next to an open fire or woodburner it can look too good to use!

The kindling is typically 15cm in length and each bundle contains at least 30 sticks.

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Delivery

We offer two types of delivery:

  • Standard Delivery via post is £5.95. For orders over £100 standard delivery is free of charge.
  • Next Working Day For an additional £4.00, your order will be delivered the next working day.

For Delivery to the Scottish Highlands, UK islands or international addresses, please see our full delivery details.

Reviews

Write Your Own Review

How do you rate this product? *

1 star 2 stars 3 stars 4 stars 5 stars

Meet the Producer

Mark Cottrell

Mark Cottrell

Birch besom maker for generations

Traditional besom brooms have been Mark's family business for generations. His father taught him how to make a birch besom and Mark continues today with the same technique.

The brush heads are made from silver birch, which Mark clears from a local Christmas tree plantation. In exchange for keeping the plantation free from birch, Mark is rewarded with a plentiful supply of sustainable besom material.

The handles are made from hazel, also cut from a local plantation. Hazels need regular coppicing to retain their shape and the straight shoots quickly grow back making them ideal for bean poles and broom handles.

In addition to besoms Mark makes other sustainable garden products like his oak boot jacks which are popular with wellie-wearing locals.

When he is not making his besoms and bootjacks, Mark likes to renovate old farm machinery. He can often be seen at country shows in the south east of England with his vintage tractor and potato sorting machine. He's hopeful of renovating this threshing machine next, once he can work out how to transport it!

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