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  1. Ashes_Firewood

    Larger processor for making smaller logs?

    I guess it's not an option to have a 12 way splitter made to fit the farmi? Would it struggle to push the wood through a 12 way?
  2. Ashes_Firewood

    What sawbench???

    I've got the Balfor SC700 PTO powered that can cut up to 12". I've cut a lot of wood with it and it's been brilliant. I saw on facebook they've recently brought a whole new range of saw benches out. They do some that cut larger diameters now but to be honest it can be hard enough work lifting a 12" diameter log on so I wouldn't want a larger cutting diameter than I've got at the moment.
  3. Ashes_Firewood

    small scale processing

    I do more logs than that with a Balfor circular saw bench and log splitter and I can't justify buying a processor to do it with. As much as I'd love one! A saw bench cuts so much faster than a chainsaw as well as being more comfortable to use.
  4. Ashes_Firewood

    Thinking of investing in ibcs

    I prefer the metal ones for longevity. I've got some that are a mixture of plastic and metal bases too. The big flat parts are metal and the blocks are made from plastic. Easy to snap the plastic blocks when putting the forks in though so still prefer the all metal ones!
  5. What wood are you burning? I find I get a bit of hazing if I burn softwood but not much at all with hardwood. I give it a clean every couple of weeks once it's built up a bit and it goes back to looking like new again.
  6. Ashes_Firewood

    what logs have you been chopping today!

    Bet your sheep loved that!
  7. Ashes_Firewood

    Green mould on my kiln dried crates !?

    If they were dry they shouldn't get mouldy?
  8. I'm not really mixing it that much, put a bit of birch in with it now and then but that's it. I find the grate bars are exposed in the middle when burning softwood whereas hardwood leaves a layer of ash over the top of everything.
  9. Most if not all hardwoods, not that fussy as long as it's well seasoned! Ash, Hazel, Hawthorn, Alder, Silver Birch are mainly what I have. I do burn softwood from time to time but always find myself looking forward to getting back to hardwood. Just seems to burn nicer and for longer. With softwood a lot of ash seems to fall through the grate so I have to empty the ash pan out at least twice as often as I do when burning hardwood. Burning some kind of conifer at the moment and it's really weird stuff, be glad to get to the end of it.
  10. Ashes_Firewood

    Thinking of investing in ibcs

    I only go 3 when they're stacked inside an open fronted shed that's got a good concrete floor. Can't go higher as that's as high as the tractor can reach. Can't see why you couldn't go 5 high with a telehandler on a good surface inside. Hardest part at that height would be seeing that you've got the base lined up properly with the IBC below that it's going to sit on
  11. Ashes_Firewood

    Thinking of investing in ibcs

    They're loads better than bags for seasoning and handling. I can stack them 3 high to save space, higher if you had a telehandler. I wouldn't bother putting mesh round them, I don't tend to find too many logs fall out. Only thing that's a bit more difficult is unloading them by hand but if you're going to get a rotator that's not an issue for you. When I run out of inside space I do as Woodworks posted on here years ago and cut the tank inners in half to make roofs, drill a few holes near to the bottom edge and tie them to the IBC with baler twine. It's really only the ends of the logs that get wet in driving rain so they soon dry out even in winter. The main thing is stopping the rain getting in to the middle of the crate.
  12. I'd definitely buy a Clearview again despite them costing a bit more.
  13. Ashes_Firewood

    Lime tree wood, how does it burn?

    I ended up logging that lime up and selling it cheap to my mate as rounds. They were splitting it with an axe and said it was bad stuff to split and didn't put much heat out either.
  14. Ashes_Firewood

    Smell of smoke in house

    The original chimney is clay pipe built in to the wall then it's had a metal flue put down it when we had the wood burner installed. I've had that happen before when opening the burner door it's released a puff of smoke in to the room but this was a prolonged smell as though it was constantly releasing smoke although no visibly. No it's been lit probably 10 times since it was swept. It sounds like I need to get my chimney sweep to investigate. I poked my head up there and couldn't see anything. I think my chimney sweep can do a camera survey if required so will see what he says. I did light the burner again last night with the upstairs bedroom window closed the whole time and no smell of smoke at all! So I'm thinking it must be something to do with negative draft but that would still mean something is wrong as the smoke smell shouldn't be getting in to the house


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