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  1. Posch S - 360 Blade sharpening

    That seems par for the course here also. Have you thought about upgrading to a S - 360 Turbo, you've had the 350 for a time now?
  2. Posch S - 360 Blade sharpening

    Never lost a tooth - too carefull for that, but there are 96 teeth / 900mm blade.
  3. Posch S - 360 Blade sharpening

    After processing 500m3 of hard / softwood the blade is seriously dull. There never ever seems to be chips out of blades, TCT cutters just loose there originally razor sharp edge and corners. We have 3 blades so can easily rotate usage. I am thinking it should be changed after 400m3. I am interested to hear what others with TCT blade processors find and what they get charged for sharpening.
  4. How are your stocks holding up?

    Do you by any chance know of / use alternative suppliers from time to time to minimise the risk of having all your eggs in one basket? - a bit like KFC have !
  5. How are your stocks holding up?

    Are you struggling to get timber due to weather, shooting season restrictions and landowners not wanting forwarders etc. on their land?
  6. How are your stocks holding up?

    Started processing for 2018 last month - problems with surface mould issues processing very early in the year if you are not careful with the horrendous weather we have been having.
  7. Naturally drying cordwood down to 20% March to Nov???

    That's exactly what I expected - ties in with us. Thanks
  8. Naturally drying cordwood down to 20% March to Nov???

    GDH I recall you keep your Larch/Douglas for 12 months before chipping - what average do you get that down to if you don't mind me asking?
  9. Best way to split large volumes of logs with a digger

    Crosscut using grip tallon or rotator on excavator - onto pallets - take loaded pallets to fast cycle time splitter with huge table - slid from pallet to table - split into crates. Monsters lift onto table with grab. We have tried pretty much everything else and this is the best it gets.
  10. Drying Firewood when RHI payments stop.

    You signed up in good faith but the powers that be know that they are 100% in the driving seat. Any Barrister who agreed to consider legal action against a major league player will be looking for at least 5k deposited from your account into their's before they lift a finger, so that avenue will only ever lead you to a cliff edge. It will be harsh on you if they are able to side-step what appeared to be signed and sealed. In your position I would certainly be disecting those T&C's, just so you know exactly where you stand.
  11. Drying Firewood when RHI payments stop.

    Here is the full article for those of you who are interested: Waste and some wood drying dropped from RHI 30 January 2018 by Luke Walsh , Be the First to Comment UK: Government now "urgently" needs to pass delayed RHI legislation, say trade associations The UK government has published a long-awaited response to its consultation into overhauling the non-domestic renewable heat incentive (RHI). The response says the government will take away funding for drying of certain wood-fuels and of waste. The response, published yesterday, comes from the consultation originally launched in December 2016. But the work was put on hold, following last year’s General Election, prompting the biogas and biomass sectors to both say delays were hitting businesses. According to the response, there are "few benefits" to allowing waste to be dried by RHI supported installations and it will no longer support this practice. The government said it also wanted to avoid applicants claiming they are not drying waste but cleaning or processing it. The government will also remove wood-fuel drying as an eligible heat use other than where the renewable heat installation is replacing a fossil fuel heat source. A transition period will be included to allow a wood-fuel drying plant that are in development to be accredited, according to the reponse. But the response also stated the government was "content" to retain the drying of "other, non-woody" biomass as an eligible heat use. The majority of these change will apply to new and to existing RHI-supported facilities, which add capacity on or after the date the reforms come into effect. This is currently "anticipated" to be spring 2018, according to the reponse. Two respondents to the consultation also said wood-fuel production was subject to the economic rule of supply and demand and sector will only grow where there is demand for the product. However, a number of respondents also expressed concern that as long as RHI payments are made to participants drying wood-fuel, the market will grow to "beyond the point of demand," according to the reponse. Around 80% of respondents also agreed there should be "some tightening" of evidence requirements. A number of suggestions proposed including a requirement for applicants to submit a business case to Ofgem and also that Ofgem develop a set of minimum industry standards for different drying processes. But other respondents expressed concerns introducing an "economic justification test" could "inadvertently lead" to legitimate projects being refused accreditation. According to trade body the Renewable Energy Association (REA) the response will "strengthen industry safeguards", but it still needs to "ensure innovative companies aren’t punished". REA and Wood Heat Association policy analyst, Frank Aaskov, said: "We welcome the principle of limiting eligible heat uses to ensure the scheme is used responsibly. The central goal of the RHI is to drive down emissions from the heating sector in a cost effective manner, and we must not be lost sight of that. The RHI is a complex scheme and the new rules will need to be tested and be open to change to ensure innovative companies aren’t being punished." Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association chief executive, Charlotte Morton, was "pleased" that not all drying practices would be be removed as eligible heat uses. She added: "This avoids the imposition of a blanket rule which, in our view, would have been a knee-jerk overreaction to what are important issues around drying practices. "The evidence and case studies of fossil-fuel replacement that ADBA submitted to the consultation will have been instrumental in shaping the approach that is being taken forward, and we are grateful to our members in the AD industry for their input into our response." Morton also said the government now "urgently" needs to pass the delayed RHI legislation that will guarantee higher tariff levels for renewable heat generation and restore confidence to the AD industry, allowing it to make a vital contribution to a range of policy goals." The government also asked for evidence on removing aquaculture as an eligible heat use. Around 22% of respondents supported this position. However, "strong evidence" for removing it was not provided, according to the response. It was also revealed last year, by Dr Oliver Quast head of market intelligence at the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) that "biomass projects exploited a loophole by adding a small amount of power, to gain the [better] CHP tariff" under the RHI.
  12. Drying Firewood when RHI payments stop.

    Agreed it's difficult to guage the quality of a boiler just from the marketing and there are few people with varying brands on the forums. price is generally a very good indicator of quality. Did you originally avoid a Hertz chip boiler like Duffryn due to the very high initial costing and having to get a contractor in to chip combined with stacking soft roundwood up outside for 12 mths + and the huge space for chip required to make the contractor cost effective. Looks like you split at 20 " then dry ready to feed the ECO - straighforward low cost.
  13. Drying Firewood when RHI payments stop.

  14. Drying Firewood when RHI payments stop.

    Those ECO Angus are nice compact units, whereas the GF is a lumbering inefficient beast. Unfortunately not everyone realises until they have shelled out their hard earnt cash.
  15. Drying Firewood when RHI payments stop.

    So it appears that some serious producers like gdh and Ash plan to continue drying after their 20 year term expires. Long before this happens they probably know their boilers will fail due to internal corrosion, but I expect they except that overhead. The cost of a large scale naturally air dried operation is prohibitive, even though a Kiln Drying installation with the infrastructure is well over 50K using a gasification log boiler, nearer 100K using chip. The single most financially deciding factor is not having to buy stock in advance.


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