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Chris Gagen

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About Chris Gagen

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    Senior Member, User formerly known as hullsmillfarm
  • Birthday April 4

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    North Essex
  • Occupation
    Farmer and firewood producer
  1. Bone Oak Gates

    I like that a lot! Very nice!
  2. Firewood launcher

    [ame] [/ame] If it works for bales then why not logs?? Not sure I'd like to be in the way of a log launcher tho!
  3. How hard is it to learn to weld?

    I recently attempted a fairly ambitious project for a person of my skills with welding. Have played with arc welder but never really had great success, decided that practice was the order of the day. By the end of building this false floor I was very happy with my efforts, all I had to do was persevere. My biggest bit of advice assuming you have a half decent welder is to take your time preparing the joints and if possible use new metal as you'll have a lot less prep to do! Second advice with arc is play with the power level, a little either way can make all the difference. Keep an eye on the angle you're holding the rod to the work also, different joints require different positions. Was really pleased to see the slag curling up of its own accord in the fourth pic!! sign of a good weld.
  4. Choock, Choock, Choock, Choock chicken....

    ah ok, I've often wondered about how to treat a carving as its not often a piece is 100% dry, I've always worried that trapping the moisture in with a finish would cause some sort of issue, possibly just my worrying too much?!
  5. Choock, Choock, Choock, Choock chicken....

    Thanks for the info, so was the wood totally dry/seasoned then?
  6. Choock, Choock, Choock, Choock chicken....

    That's really lovely Woodcrafter, what is it finished in?
  7. Fuelwood rotabagga for kindling + sleeve kit

    I tried the rotabagga and quickly returned it. I found that the the way it holds the bag means that the bag ends up looking very slack/part filled. I'm currently searching for a method of bag holder and a mechanical means of settling the contents whilst filling. I find that different people will fill the bags and it can lead to inconsistent looking bags. Feels a little OCD sometimes but I'm after a full net that wont settle after filling and look half empty once handled a couple of times. Have also done many nets of inline packed kindling before but switched to loose fill as I find there is much less perfectly good kindling being rejected just because it was slightly shorter or ugly shaped from the point of view of trying to pack neatly inline.
  8. Kindlett machine blanks

    That's a conclusion I came to also JustMe, figured I'd throw it out there to get other views in case I'd missed something though.
  9. Kindlett machine blanks

    Thanks Steve and Matt. I use the 47 x 40 and 65 x 40 nets I reckon on getting about 75 large nets and 110 small nets from one of the large bags. I realise I made a mistake with quoting £170 in previous post, it's actually more like £205.
  10. Apf - who's going

    My lovely lady and I are coming along this year, just in the process of organizing a name tag generously offered from ELG. Would be great to put some faces to names, I've been rather absent from the forum for a couple of years now but finally getting back on the horse and it feels good to be back! Hope to meet lots of Arbtalkers, we'll be there on the Saturday, please stop us and say hi!!
  11. Kindlett machine blanks

    Just looking for some feedback from other kindling producers as to whether it's worth selling 'ready to feed into kindlett' blanks. All cut from dry joinery waste, smallest section 3" x 1" upto 12" x 2" as an average. Stored undercover in vented log bags, "cubic meter bags" but actually 1.4cbm. 3 bags fills a nissan cabstar with extension sides to overflowing. Pricing is another matter entirely, one bag yields £170 worth of netted kindling at my wholesale price. Thoughts please folks...
  12. Pallet of kindling wanted

    PM sent.
  13. Mf690 or case 856xl?

    Expect the sunroof to leak btw...
  14. Mf690 or case 856xl?

    Had an 856xl for the last 18 years, doesn't owe us a penny and didn't grumble when towing 12 ton trailer filled with crushed concrete, hauled 250+ tons home with our "best international". It's still our go to tractor from a 4 strong "fleet":001_cool:
  15. Birch sap wine

    Brace and bit with a spile made from copper pipe (I've since read that copper can be toxic to trees?) Plugged the hole with hazel


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