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    Whats your multione loader doing today ?

    A video of the cone splitter working wouldn't be amiss
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    choosing a replacement wood burner

    Don't know what ecobirn standards are but the rereleased it with clean burn technology it's called an f602cb. Do shout if you want to sell your old 602. After one just now. Ta I've removed the Jotul 602 now and enquired about spare parts, they are available but as it needs a back and two internal baffles at £98 and 2 x £35 I doubt it's economic. The thing is although the clean burn secondary air unit is available the dealer won't give me a price as it would need rebuilding and certifying by HETAS. As it bolts together it would not be a big job to fabricate these simple original parts from a cast manhole cover and angle grinder. Some of the bolt heads are too corroded so will need heating with an oxy-acetylene torch or bolt heat induction device. I shall not use it again in its standard form because it's not something that is easy to leave burning cleanly, whereas the modern stuff can be lit, got hot enough to burn cleanly and left to burn out without smoking. I'm very impressed with Alycidon's suggestion of a Morso S11, it actually puts more heat into the room despite being rated 4kW. It is far better than the stovax stockton especially as the handle desn't get too hot. I also like the spring loaded door. The small ash tray needs emptying daily and I will have to resaw many of my logs as the firebox is half as wide as the Jotul is long.
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    Woodcock .

    Another brace turned up this morning so I'll try just skinning and removing breast and legs. Does anyone attempt to remove shot first? In the early seventies I was on a very low wage and the boss paid for cartridges for shooting rabbit, we ate so much of rabbit meat then that now I cannot stand the taste, at this rate pheasant may go the same way.
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    Woodcock .

    I don't mind admitting that offends my moral sensibilities, it's not that killing upsets me, sometimes it has to be done and that goes for any animal, but the waste... In the past I roasted them but found them too dry. Now I'm keen to try any recipes while the birds are free. I don't want to over do it as the lead business is a bit worrying but I don't mind freezing the meat for later. I want to get away from plucking them , so maybe a method of skinning them and then only using the breast muscles and legs makes more sense. Last brace I hung for a week, plucked and gutted then fried the birds whole and separately then into the slow cooker with half a jalepino chilli , fried onion, carrots and diced tomatoes.
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    Gerie spice and Kylie on the same sofa

    Surrey, he was a good bloke when he worked for me after the windblow, he and his lovely wife and baby boy lived in a caravan on site.
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    Woodcock .

    +1 The strange thing is I'm getting offered braces of pheasant gratis because the local shoot don't want them. A casserole is lasting a week for two on alternate days.
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    Gerie spice and Kylie on the same sofa

    Finally someone I knew , they say we're only 6 links away from everyone on the planet don't they?
  8. openspaceman

    Surrey Wildlife Trust to fell thousands of Ash trees

    Yes but as time goes by the tolerant gene will be shared and will become dominat because the non tolerant saplings will succumb before reaching maturity and producing seed. I thought a lot of that was because ash was largely planted and the favoured plants with a good phenotype were susceptible.
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    Surrey Wildlife Trust to fell thousands of Ash trees

    I'm not sure of the science of the time-scale a natural resistance will build up but yes I think you are right vast majority of the current population will be susceptible Again from, experience with beech after the 1987 windblow, I agree, If the crown of a mature tree shows signs of dieback it has no resistance to all intents and purposes, so a prudent woodland owner will probably take the decision to harvest before there is sufficient secondary infection to lessen the value. Although I did comment on what may be driving SWT's decision I'm not against it and see no reason not to fell at ground level and maximise return on timber. I just hope they have a fair agreement such that the harvesting costs allow a decent return on sales, even if internal. I am sanguine about their firewood operation and in fact advocated it 30 years ago. What I am not so sure about is their competence to run it efficiently. When SCC decided to contract out clearance in the sheepleas after the 1987 storm the contractors made an unnecessary mess and IMO excavating and burying stumps was damaging and pointless. So having recently witnessed the untidy finish of their recent machine harvesting on common land adjacent to the M25 (which is no big worry as it will be mostly under the new J10) I'm a bit worried about the damage to soil structure and public amenity.
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    Any bright ideas?

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    Surrey Wildlife Trust to fell thousands of Ash trees

    I was thinking just that on both points. Was the bloke in the article the successful applicant for the firewood manager role that was advertised last year?
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    compatible saws on a double power head mill

    I had this with 2 084s and for some reason one stopped, as we were near the end I carried on but it could result in a seize if the throttle isn't held open on the dead saw.
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    Meetings with remarkable trees, the Arbtalk version

    There's an avenue of redwoods (wellingtonia) at Bearwood college, google picture: That appear to have suckers. Furnish is down to the ground as they have always been open grown. The Forester, Jim now probably long gone, thought they had been transplanted as semi mature feathered trees and the lower branches had taken root, possibly because they were pegged to the ground instead of being staked.
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    Bizarre cabstar problem

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    Small stove recommendation

    Plus it means that the excess air cools the fire which will increase Products of Incomplete Combustion


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