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  2. Big J

    Profit

    Agreed. I brought 18t of fairly dry, windblown ash back home for my domestic supply. It produced 45 cube of logs, but took about 15 hours in total to cut and stack (large logs). It'll probably save us 4 tanks of oil, which is £2400 (4 x 1200l), but I could have sold the firewood at roadside for about £1200. Add to that the £200 haulage, my time for cutting and splitting (which went faster as I had the forwarder to speed things up) and then the approximately 15 minutes per day of bringing wood into the house and stocking the fire over the winter and it really doesn't make any sense.
  3. benedmonds

    Profit

    ...But if you worked out what that would sell for you could pay for a lot of gas and insulation... Financially firewood does not often make sense for either the producer or the user.. We process wood from arb waste as an extra to fill days and to give guys a way of topping up their income from working saturdays. We don't do much and charge £85 a bulk bag. I have a log burner and use 5 ir 6 bags a year because it's nice.. I am sure if I sold the logs it would easily pay for the additional gas I used if I did not use logs.. Logs are a luxury product that cost alot to produce either in time or machines. Unfortunately production can be low skilled, there are people who are willing to work for peanuts and others who do it as a hobby.
  4. Big J

    Chalara fraxinea - Generic thread

    I can't see the prices dropping. Even with the deluge of ash that'll come to market, demand will always hugely outstrip supply.
  5. Woodworks

    Chalara fraxinea - Generic thread

    It's already happening Dan bar the dropping price. Over the last year, most of what we able to get is ash. Prior to this ash has been as rare as hens teeth. Think you have to conclude many woodland owners are not waiting around to see their crops die.
  6. Dan Maynard

    Chalara fraxinea - Generic thread

    I'm waiting for the dieback thread to coalesce with the biomass/firewood thread - surely in a few years there is going to be tons of ash felled all over the country which could drive the wholesale price down again?
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  8. Conor Wright

    Hammer mill

    Loma make decent hammer mill, I had the baby one for a while. The k50 is a good machine. They don't fetch huge money. Saelen seem popular second hand in France especially.
  9. steve collins

    572 husky or 500i stihl

    I have a 462 and its coming up to a year in June in the woods, i was asked recently by a dealer if i wanted a 500i? my response was for them to tally up how much the 462 has cost me in spares. I have had 2 chain brake handles, 3 shroud covers, rear handle cover and recently bent the front handle!! If you want a 70+cc saw that will last and is not made from cheap plastic and a front handle made from tin foil( it is ridiculously light/ thin) then try any other brand!!
  10. Woodlover

    Trapped nerve any one ?

    One positive thing maybe is they let you out of Hospital?...Did you have a scan and get the results? When I have been to hospital with similar symptoms other than the voice bit they mri scanned me, put me on a ward until a neurologist was available and then sent me home as I did not need immediate attention (which is f-ing brilliant in world of neurology from my experiences), and I did get better with pain meds and taking it easy.
  11. the village idiot

    Chalara fraxinea - Generic thread

    Certainly. No problem.
  12. forestboy1978

    Trapped nerve any one ?

    Nothing useful to add I'm afraid. Sounds bloody terrible though. Maybe try acupuncture.
  13. David Humphries

    Chalara fraxinea - Generic thread

    If you do see Pete this week, could you share this image with him, I spoke briefly with him about how the foresters in the Basque cover their fresh (pollard) cuts with moss matts. He said he hadn't heard of it before and seemed quite intrigued.
  14. Big J

    Chalara fraxinea - Generic thread

    The two mainly ash woodlands that we thinned over winter are now severely infected. Approximately a third of the trees are showing little sign of life. I can imagine that with at least one of them that we will be back again this winter.
  15. David Humphries

    Chalara fraxinea - Generic thread

    Yeah Pete was there sharing his vast experience helping with the guided walk and supporting the current incumbent.
  16. the village idiot

    Chalara fraxinea - Generic thread

    You may well have met Pete Fordham there. He is a regular volunteer at the Wood I manage. He's coming on Monday so I'll give him a thorough grilling.
  17. forestboy1978

    Show us your fencing!!

    Haha, just read this. So very true. I'll list my peeves - Customer wants to schedule a half day job when you're booked for 2 months in advance. Refuses to leave it flexible even if you will update them a few days in advance as time approaches to see if it's feasible. Quote it for flexible, adding 50% mark up for fixed date - No toilet Put a paint kettle in the van or pee in the chip box if it's pointed away from public eyes - Want 5 quote variations Ask budget or decline Quote £1500 and they say it's a bit much they would consider getting it done if can get below £1000 Tell them where to go Wisteria growing through the fence line If it dies it dies or double the quote Altering quote after the fact cos neighbour refuses to pay their half - Decline or cancel Unresolved boundary issues Run away Post positions have to be near a TPO'd Oak Run away Fence repairs cos they're too cheap to replace Tell them where to go or quote high and buy all manner of sundries to keep as stock if you don't need them The list is endless...
  18. David Humphries

    Chalara fraxinea - Generic thread

    shame, you missed a good one, though a little over subscribed (62 attendees i think) We were there looking at other issues like deer impact/management, doormice populations and end product so didn't actually focus on ADB for too long. I don't remember specific replacement species being mentioned (may have missed it as I have a tendency to wonder off) but as you'll know species diversity is quite key to woodland management and associated biodiversity so rather than move toward a monoculture of hazel there will be the opportunity to replace ash with something else, lime, willow, field maple, alder......other
  19. gary112

    Trapped nerve any one ?

    Odd one about your voice,I lost my leg in accident and I get phantom pains and there's nothing you can do to stop it,and I often have 2or3nights not sleeping because of it but can go 6mths with nothing it's strange
  20. the village idiot

    Chalara fraxinea - Generic thread

    Blast! I was going to go to that but completely forgot about it. Are they definitely planning to plant to replace the lost Ash?
  21. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Making the news today....

    That sounds rough! I really wasn’t aware of the scale and sensitivity of the situation until quite recently!
  22. Stubby

    Trapped nerve any one ?

    Oh . I am sorry to hear that Gary . I am 66 and it is a first for me . Also I forgot to say it seems to have affected my vocal chords . I have partially lost my voice although I have no pain in my throat . Odd .
  23. gary112

    Trapped nerve any one ?

    Feel for ya stubby I've had a nerve problem for nearly 28yrs now and it's evil,it really does feel like electric shocks and unfortunately for my problem painkillers do nothing
  24. Lazurus

    Any one using a hushpower shotgun

    Well took it out yesterday and very impressed with the sound suppression, will have a look at the ports and tidy up as required. When I purchased it the RFD said due to the trade embargo with Russia there are no Baikals coming into the country, mine was one of only 6 in the uk, some dealers were doubling the price - I like Baikals as they are made like tanks, and possibly from tanks and are ideal as a rough shoot gun. Anyways main thing is I can hit with it had a couple out to 50 yards so cant be too bad.
  25. Stubby

    Trapped nerve any one ?

    Got to about 11:00 am and the pain going down my arm was bonkers . Missus took me to A+E . By now it had spread to both arms and shoulders , backs of hands . given Oramorph , Neproxen and Paracetamol . Lost all movement in left hand and numb down both arms . No sleep , just walking the house . Eventually the horrendous pain subsided movement returned to hand and I am left with sharp electric like shocks down arms into back of hands and across shoulders , hips , bum cheeks and down one leg if I make any " extreem " movements . E.G. putting on a T shirt sets it off . It lasts for a few seconds . It a bastard .
  26. Billhook

    Profit

    I would definitely be in the middle section. It is more about indirect profit by saving on oil and gas heating. It is a bit like playing music with the band, it just about pays for the petrol and guitar strings but it is a labour of love. I have to deal with the fallen timber in our woods anyway and we have the teleporter and barns and saws for the farm. I bought a Palax Combi many years ago which has paid for itself many times over. We put the wood into one ton boxes which probably hold less than three quarters of a ton of Ash logs. We use about thirty to forty every Winter and it saves a lot of gas money. More importantly because the work has been done I feel I can be generous with the heat and the house is as warm as toast through the Winter whereas I would be turning the gas down and messing about with thermostats. without the wood heat. My wife and I love the rituals of firelighting and stove tending which we have made as easy as possible I loved the earlier comment by Big J of "Selling the unprofitable to the ungrateful" which certainly sums up the attitude around here, hence I have stopped doing that. I love the whole process from tree to fire and it is not only healthy exercise but a way of life for us, so the profit is not only about the money we saved
  27. David Humphries

    Chalara fraxinea - Generic thread

    Fascinating day with the Ancient Tree Forum, Suffolk Wildlife Trust & Small Woods Association at Bradfield Woods yesterday. There for talks on Suffolk's woodland history and pollarding/coppicing and then a guided walk learning about the challenges of managing an 800 year old coppice woodland. Significant concerns at lack of resilience to ash die back. The guys that work the wood think that ash will take a 90% hit in the next 10 years. Will be interesting to see which species gets planted to replace the ash and supplement the hazel in Bradfield over the next couple of decades.
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