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  1. As per title, i told a customer i would do the job but been to busy. Its a really scrappy / patchy hedge about 7ft tall, mostly elm with bare 1 inch stems and top regrowth from machine flailing. I don't think it will last another year without being layed, and looks bad as it is.
  2. Emmsy, That Creosote smell is truly horrendous, makes your eyes sting, i will tell you how i know. In our unused end room we have a stove which is only lit when the weather is really cold, its lined and on an external wall. When lit the misses would let it slumber all the bloody time (the rows we had over this), anyway hours after it was lit the room was filled with toxic fumes and the only thing to do was to let it out and try again another day. When i took the time to investigate i found that slumbering it for years their was a deposit of creosote sticking to the liner that brushing would not remove, and the mix of condensation during no burn times and being on an outside wall would build up and when lit would soften the creosote this liquid would run down the inside of the flue and run out of a hole where the pipes join then run down the outside of the flue and build up on the top surface of the stove, the heat would then cook it and make the smell. You need to call in the sweep to do a camera inspection of the inside of the liner to check all is ok. Inspect the outside of the flue yourself to see if their is any sign of gunge escaping. We cured ours by opening all the windows and burn it hot for a few days. And urika she now runs all our stoves hot and never slumbers, we run two. Maybe the previous owner slumbered the stove and never burnt off the condensation that can build up if a flue is not used for a period of time, especially of an external wall. Do some research on Google as their is stuff on their about condensation in flues.
  3. The smell you are getting, is it a Tary / Creasote type smell that stinks the room out so you have to open a window ? I know all about those !
  4. As title, i brought this a year ago off a chap who replaced it with a pellet boiler, with the intension of using it, but i cannot see myself using it now so moving it on. So before i put it on ebay i thought i would see if anyone on here would be interested. I would be looking for offers around £2,500. East Devon near to Honiton.
  5. Having a thin out of my book collection and have the following for sale that maybe of interest to some on here. British Trust For Conservation handbooks :- Fencing, Hedging, Dry Stone Walling, Trees And Aftercare, Woodlands, Waterways and Wetlands. To go as a set Price with £6 postage £20 Green Woodwork by Mike Abbot, Paperback £8 Tree Surgery by P Bridgeman, Hardback £7 Woodland Crafts in Britain by Edlin, Hardback £8 The Complete Book Of British Berries by David Lang, large Hardback £9 Tales of Old Woodlanders by Valerie Porter, large Hardback £9 The Forgotten Arts by John Seymour, large Hardback £9 The Secret Life of an Oakwood by Stephen Dalton, large Hardback full of amazing photo's £9 Mushroom Magic by Michael Jordon, Hardback £7 The Encyclopedia of Mushrooms by Colin Dickenson Large Hardback 280 pages £10 My Wilderness In Bloom by Phil Drabble, Hardback, the story of how he took over a neglected woodland and restored it, £7 All prices include postage, can combine postage, Paypal please.
  6. Heres the saw horse i made and use can be wheeled around to where the wood is. Not a good idea to use one made of metal !
  7. Hi Commando, how bad are they, can they not be repaired and reused, i would have them if they could.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 !
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. MST Auctions Dunkeswell East Devon. Some interesting stuff Woodmizer Mill, Hakkie Pilke processer, Kindlet machine, Timber Trailer, 15T winch and Loads of stock.
  14. On the survey, the where you live section their is no east Devon listed in fact nothing near to me !

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