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  1. DIY firewood.

    I know what you said princess, so do you. Let the Karma fall where it's due.
  2. DIY firewood.

    Are we reading the same thread? I answered the OP, you were the first person to respond to my post, be dissapointed with yourself. You don't mind I cut my own logs, so you're wishing me bad karma for helping the OP then? Logic Fail.
  3. DIY firewood.

    Because I cut my own logs? Can you hear yourself? If you think my 25 cube a year is some sort of competition to your business sector, you either have a very small business, or a very small mind.
  4. DIY firewood.

    If it was just cutting and splitting cord it'd be even better on the time, can do 5 cube a day, so say 10 days processing for almmost two years wood best case. I'm spending a lot longer collecting & processing arb waste/"free wood", dropped a few big willows and polar here too, which doubles the time spent processing for softwood for same calorific value, but it all saves on the cash outlay in the end. I'm semi retired/taking a few gap years between businesses while we renovate our house, I could weigh up my labour/time against working/erning more but I don't want to work more thanks, I'd much rather potter about in my own time to save money bypassing log suppliers (and biulders) so I don't have to work:001_tt2:
  5. free downloadable planning application maps

    You should have a copy of the map in your legal pack when you bought the land, photocopy/scan that.
  6. It's not just microwaves, this happened to us a few yrs ago, left one in the Esse to dry out, came back a few hrs later after walking the dogs, house full of smoke and a nice bit of charcoal in the oven
  7. Lobbyist claims Monsanto weed killer is safe to drink, then bolts when TV host offers him a glass... Lobbyist claims Monsanto weed killer is safe to drink, then bolts when TV host offers him a glass
  8. DIY firewood.

    I went down this route 6 yrs ago, it can be a massive saving compared to buying in logs, all depending on the price you can get it delivered in for, but you do need a lot of space, and a fair amount of time to dedicate to it, I reckon I spend about 6 weeks a year on firewood. Think about getting a small old tractor sooner rather than later, it'll run a splitter, and a power loader will make the job a whole lot easier, my Ford 3000 rig was cheaper than a new stand alone splitter. Build a massive wood store, enough to store 45 cube (about one artic load). I've tried using vented bags stacked 3 high in a pyramid covered with tarp, got full of rats so all the wood in the bottom/centre of pile was covered in **** and stinks of ratpiss, some of the bottom bags rotted (and they were on pallets) ended up jetwashing logs and re-stacking in a shed for 6 months just to try and get rid of it. I'm building my 4th woodstore this year so I don't have to use vented bags again, a 10ft lean to each side of a 20ft container I use as a workshop, this in addition to the c.18 cube stores I have already. Don't buy in softwood, it's just not worth it in terms of processing and storage (softwood uses twice the space/processing for the same calorific value as hardwood), you can't leave it in a stack in the open for long before it'll start rotting, it's only just about worth processing it if it's free. I'm sure pros/people on here will disagree as they can sell it, YMMV! I've just got through 50 cube of willow I got "free" (free is a relative term by the time the log hits the logbburner ) no way would I pay to go though that again It saves some cash, it's rewarding work, but after 6 years of waking up to freezing cold house in winter, we're planning to have undefloor heating fitted (open loop geothermal via boreholes) so the logburners will be more of an occasional thing rather than a chore. I'd still have woodburners tho, can't beat a real fire, and the resiliance factor considering gov energy policy is a real benefit for piece of mind IMO. Good luck!
  9. payment from buyers on Ebay?

    ebay auctions leave too much room for dreamers and idiots, for large items an ebay classified ad is better IMO, I use a buy it now price 25% higher than I want with best offer, I find there's far fewer problems than with auctions, the fees are low and the ad can be listed for a month, plus there's no comback as the buyer can't open an ebay dispute. Clearly state the conditions of sale on tha ad, I find collection only is best, tho you can arrange your own delivery for a charge after cleared funds.
  10. Flooding impact on tree health

    Some thoughts that don't really provide any answers, but may muddy the waters a bit more. Some plants develop "water roots" (think hydroponics) I can think of a few trees growing right on the waters edge who have healthy root mass actually growing in the water, Willow and Oak spring to mind. So presumably nature has quipped them to cope to a lessor or greater degree depending on species. Soil biota (bacteria/fungi) tend to go dormant when either temperature or O2 level is not ideal, high temps can kill them, low temps send them into a dormant state. For sure the ratios of soil biota will change, logically ratios will change with conditions, compaction will also be an issue.
  11. I looked at those, very expensive for what they are. I made some last yr when the sphincter factor went into the red. 1/2" ply with 2x2 reinforced edges to box out around the sills, bolted to the walls each side of the doors, used plenty of silicon. Did our whole place for £300. As it happened we didn't need them, but it seemed prudent when levels were 6" from disaster. I could refit them all in 15 mins if I had to. I have to shake my head when someone says a changing climate is caused by "climate change" in other news, tail wags dog! They shoulda stuck to "global warming" so we could point and laugh when it stopped 15 odd yrs ago.
  12. somerset floods

    There does seem to be a back-story whereby this disaster was caused, or at least exacerbated, by following EU policy. from here And here is a link to a PDF of the offending EU policy document that seems to be responsible Heads should roll IMO.
  13. Fuel lubricant for older diesel tractors

    If I didn't know it works first hand I would not have mentioned it. I was involved in some testing in the 90's, it does what it says on the tin, it doesn't say it overhauls engines on the tin read some of the industry reports on it, there's loads on the web. Power Engineering: Lubricant Additive Regains Lost Turbine Capacity Results of Third Party Tests of its FX1 Low Friction Surface Modifier whatever.
  14. Fuel lubricant for older diesel tractors

    I use a surface modifier called FX1, it's classed as a Mono Molecular Surface Modifier. You put some in the oil and some in the fuel, it reduces friction at the molecular level, it pulls all the crap out of the surfaces of the engine, so plan a filter change a week or so after using it. It's amazing stuff IMO, over 20% fuel saving on old diesels when we tested it for a local bus company in the 90's. I put some in a dumper that was chugging out black smoke, within 10 mins it was running sweet with no smoke at all. I've not seen FX1 on UK shelves, but I have seen ZX1 in Halfords, reading the label it looks like the same stuff with a different name for UK markets, it was £22 in Halfords.
  15. Ideas to make money from land

    regarding your initial idea of a caravan club site: Log into your local council planning portal and download the Local Plan for your village, read what it says about Leisure & Tourism, if it's not clear read the county plan too. I think it is highly unlikely there is an excuse the parish council can use to stop you opening a small (5 vans or less) caravan club site. National Guidance is all about increasing tourism and revenue to rural communities, so this should filter down into the local plan. The Parish council can go as loopy as they want, but in the end they have to follow planning legislation, which will probably be on your side. Local chap round here wanted to open stables, the parish council were dead set against it on the grounds it would increase traffic to the village, he got planning permission with restrictions limiting who could use the facilities down to locals to avoid excess traffic. They cannot argue a 5 van club site will increase traffic, and if they try to the county planner will put them right with advise from the highways agency who will check access to the site. Edit: Try to find a similar caravan club site in your county, then read their planning application to see how they got it.


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