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  1. Hi Commando, how bad are they, can they not be repaired and reused, i would have them if they could.
  2. yes i do dwell in the woods, cottage and workshops in the middle of 23 acres, once ancient wood cut down and replanted with Douglas 50 years ago, owned by FC then i purchased 10 years ago. Restoring it slowly, when you have to earn a living it takes time. Big J did a lot of thinning / clear fell earlier in the year.
  3. Why don't you sell your timber to the firewood guy's unprocessed and let them do all the hard work ? Most end users won't know a quality log and won't know it came from you ! Great thread by the way !
  4. We looked into how our woods could generate some money, had a chap i know walk around to come up with some idea's, we have around 23 acres of mostly softwood. Airsoft : luckily we are on a slope which is ideal for this. Divide into zones with a different scenario for each zone. Can't be near rights of way, roads or neighbours. Archery Clubs : local Archery clubs maybe looking for somewhere to spend the day with targets. Airgun clubs : Same as above. If you have spent £100's on an Airgun you will want somewhere to use it, silent so won't upset the local's. Scout groups : maybe looking for somewhere to set up camp for a day and night, for a small fee. Their maybe insurance costs, and permission from local council. In the end we opted for big J's idea and he came and took out half the softwood.
  5. I am the landowner ! Its my back garden and play area! And the team is doing a grand job. The site was FC owned until i purchased it 10 years ago and was regularly thinned and looked after. The stand was planted 58 years ago on ancient woodland site. The soil is thin over a bed of stone so ground is not being churned up. As i eat my breakfast the guys are cutting and the tractor is at work, a bit noisy but nearly finished. The site is being left tidy with very little compaction. Sun shining since they started, so every one is happy. One other contractor gave me a price using a harvester but with our calculations could get more out of it with J.
  6. For painted windows look into using Linseed Oil paint, modern paints are really useless. Google it and do your research. Kiln dried Sapele will move around a lot so beware, iv'e been back to doors and windows 3 times where they have expanded and stuck in the frames.
  7. MST Auctions Dunkeswell East Devon. Some interesting stuff Woodmizer Mill, Hakkie Pilke processer, Kindlet machine, Timber Trailer, 15T winch and Loads of stock.
  8. On the survey, the where you live section their is no east Devon listed in fact nothing near to me !
  9. I remove all the expensive stuff from my van at night, all thats left inside is general carpenters stuff value around £50 and leave it unlocked. I would rather have them open up and take that than have to fork out hundreds to have doors replaced. I used to have the workshop alarmed but after several 2 in the morning false alarms i disarmed it, living where i do in the middle of a wood and 1/2 a mile from road or neighbour i thought going out to investigate was crazy, what would i do if i came face to face with a thief who would not think twice about putting me in hospital.
  10. Hi BigJ all sorted with extraction. Thanks Slack, keeping saw logs for myself.
  11. As title just trying to find out what to charge for this load of 40 cube of softwood roadside. 3/4 Spruce / 1/4 Douglas all 3M lengths. East Devon with good access to A30. Have a buyer lined up for this load but lots more to come out, if anyone interested let me know.
  12. Yes agree not that helpful, science is what you need to convince the customer. The problem is that a lot of people don't burn hot enough and that is what causes the problems with tar in the flue. The only way to tell if you are burning correctly is with a flue thermometer, I will explain this when delivering logs to a new customer. The number of times i have been working in a customers house and the woodburner is slumbering all day and night, and again having to tell them how this is bad practice.
  13. Another thing Big J when you do get started contact John Greenshields he runs the Blackdownhills Woodlands Association look him up on his website. He knows most of the woodland owners around the area and a good contact for you.
  14. Hi Big j. I could give you plenty of work with mobile milling, shame your not bringing your mill down with you, but not with extraction as a mate does all of mine, if that changes i will defo get in touch, Honiton area so close.

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