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    Cabinet maker but now log cutter/seller

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  1. Ticking along nicely. Did 8 cube today. Finding every year demand goes up and up for the shorter logs 9"
  2. Charfest is what you are after. Think it's held on Alan Walters patch at least it was the year I went
  3. Smaller the better for a clean burn I would have thought if you provide enough air. From the Jotul website. I presume where it says 10cm in length it means width and got muddled in translation Wood sizes and surface area The type of wood used is only part of the process of getting the right fire within your stove. The size of the wood logs is another factor to consider. The main reason that you always see wood being split is to take advantage of the surface area of the wood itself. Putting a full log into the fire will burn, but will not burn effectively. The outside structure of the log locks in the wood, making it difficult for the fire to penetrate the space. Splitting logs into fourths or eighths enables the surface area of the log to be maximized to the point where the log is large enough to burn for a long time but still allows the fire to penetrate properly. Any log over 10 cm in length needs to be split for proper circulation and efficiency. Most wood cutters know this and will maintain their wood stacks with this in mind, so it should be no trouble to purchase wood that is split properly.
  4. Hi and welcome Think those are the only UK ones on the market. Not used either but seen them both up close so here is my ten pence worth. The Exeter clearly works well but is relatively lightly built. Some people have incurred damage which has been rectifiable. Couldn't say the cause but the steel inner drum is directly exposed to the heat of the burning gases. The Pressvess appears to be built like a brick out house. The gasses are burnt in an insulated chamber and the heat is then circulated around the charge chamber which is insulated so shouldn't be easily damaged. There is a good video on Youtube that shows the construction. Both clearly make a quality product with little waste. There are owners of both on here so you should get some first hand comments and not my ramblings 😀
  5. I built my own shown in this old thread. Worked really well and no problem with logs spinning which can be a pain with the regular type sawhorse
  6. Cant give calorific values but can give you the probable weight per m3 of the two from the HMSO handbook of hardwoods. I thought most hardwoods around 4 kWh per dry kg European oak goes from 670 kg/m3 to 720 kg/m3 at 12% moisture content Hornbeams average weight is 750 kg/m3 at 12%
  7. I tried the Lidl one and it was Ok to start with but not working so well now. Not changed the stone yet so that could be the problem but if it is the stone it's not lasted long. Larger bits I do free hand on the bench grinder but it's a tricky game with smaller bits.
  8. Yes, I think its proved most effective on acid soils. Also good for water retention. There was a good paper shared on here a few years ago. Thought I had it bookmarked but cant find it but will have another look. Edit. This was one of the links Biochar boosts tropical but not temperate crop yields, says new report -- ScienceDaily WWW.SCIENCEDAILY.COM Scientists believe that biochar, the partially burned remains of plants, has been used as fertilizer for at least 2,000 years in...
  9. This is one of the those counter intuitive things that may well be the case. The way there is far less carbon involved in making a plastic bag than a paper one. I go to a cafe that uses compostable cups and have messaged them to find out what brand they use but they may well be the PLA ones Any reason you cant sent them to the council recycling where they would get hot enough to break down?
  10. Be aware that it's very easy to leave burn marks on this sort of work. A variable speed heavy duty router would be best running at low speed. Get near to final depth and make very light but relatively swift final pass. A bit of practice on some spare wood of the same species will prove invaluable. Keep the cutter moving with no pausing but it's all easier said than done though.
  11. I have considered something similar. My plan was to build it tall and have the stove under the wood and a vent at the top and bottom to allow convection to create a through draft. Still never tried it though.
  12. I always liked the CMT range of cutters Cmt Round Nose Router Bits CMT/814.032.11_MST from Westcountry Machinery 4 Wood WWW.MACHINERY4WOOD.CO.UK CMT Round Nose Router BitsPersonalise your doors drawer fronts, panels or any surface you choose with your own...
  13. Alternatively you could carve them leaving tool marks like in the bowl below


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