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  1. Exactly the same. Just a clear/grey film, no black soot type dirt. Just wipes off with a damp cloth, do it about once every 3 weeks.
  2. I also put them on pallets once I've filled them up for the same reasons as Kevin. More stable when stacking them and quicker to move round than jumping on and off the tractor to put the bag loops on the pallet forks. I load the bag in to the trailer and hand ball out at the customers house. Only do a small amount of logs and don't have a tipping trailer. I don't put the bags outside as if they get rained on I've found the logs in the middle can take a long time to dry out or even go mouldy. Just keep them stacked in an open fronted shed and they season well. I wouldn't want to put logs that were processed in the rain in to a vented bag, it'll go mouldy in the middle. Anything that's going to be stored outside goes in to an IBC with a little roof on as the ventilation is far superior in them if they do happen to get wet at all.
  3. This isn't good practice but there were a couple of times when we first got our stove that I put more logs in way too soon. The temperature started climbing rapidly so I opened the door fully to let the heat out and after a couple of minutes the temperature started to drop.
  4. I have the same stove but not the smoke control version. I have both vents open fully until it reaches 200 degrees C then shut the wheel completely and control the burn speed on the bottom air intake. Generally it never gets hotter than about 300 degrees C. I'd have to really try to get it up to the temperatures you're talking about. I'd be concerned there could be more damage to other parts of the stove than just the baffle plate that you can see at the moment.
  5. Seems to be. It's a Clearview Vision 500. Don't know if it makes any difference to the economy but I cut most of the logs 15 inch long which is about the biggest you can fit in it.
  6. Wicker baskets for logs and kindling. Lined the log basket with clear plastic to stop the small stuff falling out
  7. 8kw stove. 8 cubic metres a year. On every evening and all day at the weekends. Start burning in September stop in May. Basically around a cube a month.
  8. The fumes from normal 2 stroke fuel was why I switched to Aspen. Used normal 2 stroke for years then I started to get a headache from it and my eyes felt irritated and generally felt a bit shit all round. Not had any of that since I started using Aspen.
  9. I’ve got a 700mm tungsten tipped circular saw blade I want sharpening but don’t know of anyone near me that does it. I’ve spoke to someone about 100 miles away that could do it but the postage there and back for an 8kg blade is going to end up costing more than the sharpening. Any suggestions of companies that might be able to help? I’m in South Cumbria.
  10. I've got 45 Ash centre pieces sat in my cellar stacked and sticked like you would with sawn boards and got the cellar window open for a bit of airflow. I cut them about 6 weeks ago for my mates wedding that's happening this weekend. They've a little bit of cracking on them from the middle of the log but nothing serious. I wouldn't get too hung up about a bit of cracking, it all adds to the rustic look! If I hadn't put them in the cellar they would have cracked a lot more with the heat we've had. If there's a bit of stress in the wood they'll crack slightly the moment you cut them anyway.
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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.


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