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  1. NIssan Navara D40 Mk 1 Snugtop

    I've just taken the Snugtop off my Navara D40 (2005 Mk1) and its in decent nick. Currently on Ebay if you fancy it. No reserve, so its definitely going to sell. nissan navara d40 Mark 1 snug top | eBay
  2. nissan navara double cab

    I've not had it mapped or anything. That's what the mpg computer says and I don't think its wrong. It tells me I can do about 500 miles on a full tank and unless I go berserk its about right. I've got a pathfinder as well and that's doing about 27mpg. The navara is the oldest and maybe its a euro 5 engine not a euro 6 like the pathfinder is? It seems to me that the emissions criteria makes the engines less efficient at burning fuel, ie it uses more fuel but gets less mpg as well! Bloody mad.
  3. nissan navara double cab

    Agree it is 1m3 less the wheel arches. I get up to 6 barrow bags in mine, and Ive got a truckman top on it as well! Bags are 48x48x97 and we get 3 or 4 on their sides and two upright on the open tailgate! So that equates to about 1.4m bagged up. If I was to take the truckman top off, which I might do, then I'd easily get all 6 standing upright in there. Cracking vehicle. I've got one of the first ones sold, on a 05 plate with 142,000 on it now, all done by me. Had a heavy duty clutch put on under warranty and that's about it. I'll drive it til it dies then get another one. Currently getting 37 mpg!
  4. BSL Fees. How does it affect you?

    Income received from RHI subsidy is "outside the scope" of VAT and therefore the VAT element is zero. So, if you receive say £1,000 from RHI subsidy, it is receipts of £1,000 with No VAT. If she has been accounting for it as a gross income of £1,000 and declaring that it is effectively £833.34 + 20% VAT (£166.66) then you have been overpaying your VAT and you can reclaim that.
  5. BSL Fees. How does it affect you?

    I'm happy to supply my kiln dried logs as a BSL accredited product. I expected there to be a greater demand for it, but, at least where I am, there appears to be negligible requirement. I'm not fussed about the fees they represent a very small %age of overhead costs as effectively I'm paying £120 per annum to advertise my products on the BSL.
  6. BSL Volume Calculation

    That's how I calculate mine! I take the monthly increase in the RHI reading, say 24,000 kw, and use a benchmark of 4500kw per tonne of seasoned wood, which as I recall, I got from the forestry commission or similar info? So that equates to 5.34 tonnes of wood consumed.
  7. BSL Fees. How does it affect you?

    The original advice I was given to complete the quarterly returns, was that I simply told them what tonnage/m3 we consumed ourselves to power our RHI boiler and what tonnage/m3 of kiln dried we sold in the same period. As I didn't have to pay any fees etc, it was just a matter of calculating the figures and entering them in the form, it made no odds to me if it was BSL or non BSL, and they said the total we produced. Once it became a charge per tonnage/m3 I had a more vested interest in whether it was BSL/non BSL.
  8. BSL Fees. How does it affect you?

    Answered in about 6 minutes......
  9. BSL Fees. How does it affect you?

    I rang the BSL Helpline today as I have been intending to query something with them for a while, since they started the suggestion of charges. Firstly, I'm a producer/trader as I use my own seasoned logs in my own RHI biomass boiler. I only sell kiln dried, I don't sell seasoned at all. I'm a Small/Micro company, which means my annual fees will be £120 per annum. We haven't got to the tonnage sold start date yet, but in the last Sept/Oct/Nov period, I've sold just over 120m3 of kiln dried logs. I'm based in Bedfordshire and almost all of my customers have woodburning stoves. Now, it was bugging me that in the three years that I have been selling kiln dried, and I was accredited and on the BSL right from the start, I have only ever been asked for the BSL numbers to be on the invoice, because the purchaser was claiming Domestic RHI, ONCE. That customer bought a few loads from us, but he wanted greater bulk and cheaper price, so I haven't had an order from him this year. So, essentially, 99.9% of my customers have no interest in the BSL number, they just want kiln dried firewood for their woodburning stove. They don't claim DRHI. So I asked the BSL helpdesk, how I should be calculating the tonnage/m3 supplied, in terms of is it every scrap of firewood I sell, or do I only calculate to tonnage/m3 sold to people requiring the BSL number. Amazingly, I got the answer I wanted! If I sell my kiln dried firewood to customers who need a BSL accredited number, I have to declare that. If I sell my kiln dried firewood to the general public for use in their non RHI woodburners/open fires, I don't need to declare that and I don't pay any tonnage/m3 fees on that element. So, I'll have to pay the £120 a year registration fee so I can use my own seasoned in my own RHI boiler, but I'm unlikely to have any further charges for tonnage/m3.
  10. Just an idea......

    I can't see how it would work to be honest. I have my own kiln (40' shipping container) with a RHI Boiler to heat it. If someone brings me 40m3 (which is roughly what I get in the kiln (20 x 2m3 cages on wheels) somehow, the supplied wood has to be loaded into the cages (which is done when we process/split our own stuff). Then the cages have to be loaded by machine into the kiln. They are dried over a period of 7/10 days, so I've got a fuel cost of the boiler for that period. Once dried, I've got to unload the kiln with a machine, then empty the cages into bags. The amount of manual labour involved is far to high, so the cost to me ,before I add a profit margin on doing the work, would mean that the person who supplied the firewood to be dried in the first place, would have such a high cost just on my element, before they add the transport to and from my site, then the transport to their customer! 40m3 at a time is just too small scale to get any economies of scale. The imported kiln dried is being done on a massive scale, with substantially lower labour costs and substantially lower timber costs. In addition, the only time that I have spare capacity in my kiln, where I am drying wood faster than I'm selling it, is through the summer, so the person wanting the timber dried would have to be doing all of this out of season and paying for it to hold it in stock for later. In short, the transport, handling, fuel and labour costs on a small scale don't make it viable. If you took the suggestion to put the boiler/kiln onto a flatbed, and take it to the wood source rather than bring the wood to the kiln, either you have to offload the boiler and kiln at the destination, which then means it needs to be plumbed together and electric power attached, which is not a 5 minute job, or you try and manufacture the boiler/kiln to be permanently on the flatbed, so it is a complete and ready mobile unit. Now the kiln and boiler is about 1.2m off the ground and needs to be loaded unloaded and the boiler fuelled. Apart from that, I can easily see this working!!! LOL
  11. Homebase "Seasoned" hardwood

    I've never said you do. It's just the way I do it as it makes business sense to me. However, big brands like Homebase selling the same "seasoned" Log taints the whole seasoned log industry. There is an expectation that they have applied due process and got a reasonable product. So if their stuff is wet then some people will taint all seasoned wood with that same brush.
  12. Who needs kiln dried...

    Nope. I have a 40' shipping container/kiln attached to a dragon boiler and 10,000 litre accumulator tank. Yes it is on RHI. We light the boiler once a day and forget about it. The boiler heats the accumulator and the kiln draws the heat from the accumulator and can run 24/7 if we light the boiler every day. We run it Mon-Fri. I have local 6/8 tree surgeons who bring me their chip and arb waste logs daily. I have 5 greenkeepers from my main business, a golf club, who instead of washing machinery all winter now run a firewood business instead as well as keeping the course in shape during the winter period. We run a Gandini Forestcut 48 processor, split logs into steel cages that are 1.2m x 1m x 1.9m high and on wheels so we can push them around in the kiln and we get about 40m3 into every kiln. So we process and dry every single log we sell. Our logs are BSL accredited. The carbon footprint is tiny, as the logs we sell probably travel less than 30 miles in their entire lives. The RHI boiler burns all the stuff that is hard to split, so the entire tree gets used up. I looked at doing firewood about 6/8 years ago and concluded that the space required to store the seasoning wood, and the time that it would take to get it down to a consistent level so that I had a consistent, decent quality product was not worth the effort for the return. Splitting stuff today, drying it for 7-10 days and selling it in the weeks after, that is a decent business model. I don't have any additional staff costs as I was already paying the greenstaff anyway. I just get a better use of their quiet time and produce additional revenue as a result. I am the recommended log supplier for 6 different stove suppliers who love our wood, so every time they install a stove they give their customer my card. All that takes groundwork to establish and just as much hard work to maintain.
  13. Who needs kiln dried...

    Skyhuck is correct. My customer base is almost entirely people who have stoves but have little or no space to store wood, or no inclination to do so. I sell kiln dried wood in barrow bags, I deliver them, not to their door, but to their "store" whether that be their garage, shed or a forklift truck pallet and a tarp cover in the garden. I don't drop it on the drive and leave them to clear it up. I also have no interest in spending this year splitting logs and stacking them and keeping them for 18 months. I don't have any interest in doing the same again next year and still not getting any money for what I did last year!! Getting paid in two years time for the work I do today is, in my opinion, a bloody bad hobby!! Each to their own. I know my market. I sell in relatively small volume (although my customers are used to buying nets from garages so they think my bags are huge) and I provide an exceptional service, prompt delivery and right to the place they want it.
  14. Homebase "Seasoned" hardwood

    Just delivered a couple of bags of our Kiln Dried Logs to a customer. Last week, he bought a net of Seasoned Hardwood Logs from Homebase as he was running low. The two logs he tried burning used up most of his kindling and the rest of the logs I delivered to him before, to not burn entirely through. He gave me one to put a moisture meter on. It weighs an absolute ton!! unbelievable!!
  15. EU Imported firewood into the UK

    That's surely a huge contradiction in principles then? Happy to "run a business based on numbers that count by importing from eastern Europe so a lorry/ship travelling 1000's of miles is ok but criticising a RHI funded kiln using local wood because the numbers do count is not acceptable? That's having your cake and eating it!


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