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  1. Wood chunks come into their own for use in wood boilers (especially top loaders) and wood fired pizza ovens - a niche market but, as postage is prohibitive, one that anyone with a branch logger can provide to local customers. The willow below was cut and chunked this this week. I am hoping that someone invents a practical (ie profitable without grants) small scale charcoal process as this would be the perfect feed stock.
  2. Growing firewood

    I agree but I will leave it to see if it is a continuing problem. At the moment it seems to be confined to stools on the periphery but, as they are falling into wind, I think it is more to do with weight than weather. In any case the Euc is outperforming the hybrid willow in terms of speed of growth but it remains to be seen how it coppices.
  3. Growing firewood

    A quick update after an interesting development with the hybrid willow. To recap, we have a trial plot of hybrid willow to see if we can grow nice sized firewood logs on established stools rather than harvest them for biomass woodchip or wood chunks. A few stools are 'failing' with nothing more than the weight of the branches. On a brighter note, the pollarded ash is doing well. The picture is 1.5 years of regrowth on the trees pictured on page 1 with the hens. A bit of a write up can be found on http://www.rustical.co.uk/woodstuff/growing-firewood-2017-update/
  4. Cordless Stihl v Makita v Other

    Do you share the batteries with other units? would you stick with Husky if you had to buy again? Ta.
  5. Recommendations and thoughts appreciated for a battery saw for coppice work (4" - 8" poles in the main) and occasional hedgerow maintenance. I can't think that the batteries would be used for anything else so the full set up of charger, batteries and saw would be just for this task. Stihl, Makita or Something else? Top handle or rear handle?
  6. sick pay who pays

    There are two ways to fix the gender pay gap at the BBC. They have chosen to run round giving pay rises to women. Anyone with their own business would have reduced the pay of the men. Public money is a wonderful thing.
  7. Chard...

    Not a fan... but the hens love it so it is worth growing it just for them.
  8. Bog Oak

    The stuff we have around here (a regular 'crop' is dug out of really top quality moss land after being hit with a plough as the land shrinks or the drainer. The oak is like rock, sparks fly (even after a long bout of pressure washing) and chains don't last long at all. It will be inetersting to see how you get on with yours.
  9. Why did my alder die?

    Voles do seem to like alder, I have them singling out the alder trees at very much the growth stage in the photos. However, they are attacked from the base which is often fully eaten away. I cant see it being voles if there is two foot of green stem before the die back.
  10. Website domain names help

    Technically it is possible, very easy and cheap. However it will not add anything to your google ranking. If anything it will detract from it. The only real way to benefit from multiple domains is to establish separate websites (with different content tailored to a different focus) such that you get two bites at the cherry.
  11. New wood burner

    Nice stove and an even nicer gas bill from here on in. Adding to the need of an install cert. I noticed a new way to increase Landlord Building Insurance; the type of heating now needs specifying and having a wood stove now puts up the price.
  12. Bargain Branch logger?

    Did anyone ever find a way to grade out the twigs and small stuff?
  13. Wood fired (pizza) oven building?

    It was a 1.2m model and I think cost £600 but I had to collect it from where they were dropping the rest of the arctic load at a UK distributor which was a bit of a pain. I think there are a few more getting in on the act so you can get a similar on delivered for the same money on ebay now. This isn't the same manufacturer but it is very very similar to mine (my chimney is in the centre) [ame= ] [/ame] Unless you keep it on a stack of pallets, it isn't portable. They are very very heavy. My guess would be the wrong side of 600kg
  14. Wood fired (pizza) oven building?

    Neapolitan is sooo last year. Pizza t'Wigan is all the rage.
  15. Wood fired (pizza) oven building?

    For years and years I promised myself I would build one and . I collected half a pallet of materials and had watched every youtube construction video there was.... but never actually did anything. A year ago I decided life was passing me by so I imported a pre built one from Portugal. Never looked back. They are brilliant not just for pizza parties but for slow roast vegies and meat. I still would have liked to have built it myself but life is too short! My outstanding challenge is to build a base for it (a year later and it is still sat on pallets). Which leads nicely into my top tip.... The place where I had always intended siting the oven did not work. Even the slightest winds seemed to make it play up. It only had to be moved 6ft before it worked perfectly. Fine when a pump truck can move it, not so fine if you have spent many hours building a cob one in the wrong place. Our first homemade wood fired pizza – Rustical is a blog page of our first not-so-round pizza For those of you with branch loggers - a pizza oven is THE best use of wood chunks. They flare off quickly and provide a bank of red hot 'coals' which can be moved about easily to bring the oven quickly and evenly back to temp in between pizzas. Last tip: Build one or buy one but don't spend another year thinking about it.


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