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  1. Interesting re glass not sooting up. I burn my own seasoned wood, a year or so in my polytunnel, with the odd less dry bit and my glass soots up and gets fly ash. Little bit of soot in the chimney, but not much. My stove is a Burley, I wonder if they're particularly sensitive, or if I made sure all my wood was seasoned for at least two years maybe that would solve the problem? I can never build up big enough stocks to dry for long enough! Burley paperwork suggests less than 18% moisture, but that's hard to get reliably in my own logs, never mind stuff I buy in!
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    Toyota Rav 4?

    Dacia Duster? Not sure if one would be in budget though.
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    what logs have you been chopping today!

    Thanks chaps.
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    Am I too late to attack this pear tree?

    Sounds like a good job in a nice location!
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    what logs have you been chopping today!

    What splitter is it, please? Presumably the logs are seasoned as billets, then chopped into logs when seasoned? (Maybe a bit more seasoning once finally logged).
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    Larger processor for making smaller logs?

    I thought 100mm logs were optimum sized for clean burn? I don't often split mine this small, but when I do, they do seem to burn better, with the odd bigger log from time to time.
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    Beware the Blackthorn Winter

    Black thorn in flower earlier this week, and a slight frost round our way this morning.
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    Log Drying Kiln

    What he said. I season logs for my own use in a polytunnel (no fans at all), they dry far quicker than logs stacked outside, even under cover. They do seem to reabsorb moisture over winter once the sun no longer hits the polytunnel, but that's life. Wonder if a fan might help air movement in winter...
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    Attack of the WOODWORM!

    I thought that most wood inside a heated house would be too dry for woodworm to be happy? More risk in slightly damper outside timber?
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    "Clean Air Strategy" today we find out.

    I take logs from my polytunnel and bring them inside for a day or two before burning. This does seem to make a good difference to the dryness, maybe 3 or 4% on my basic moisture meter. (You can also see the cracks in the ends opening up) Having said that, this is by the side of the stove - if I run short, I put them in front of the stove (where they can char from the direct heat! Do this at your own risk, don't leave logs there unattended etc.), and there they seem to dry in an hour or so...
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    Looking for fresh cut coppice willow near Chepstow?

    Cheers Joe, will get in touch.
  12. Hi all. Does anyone have a source of coppice wood near Chepstow? I'm looking for about 20 fresh cut willow stakes (50 - 75mm maybe) and possibly willow binders / brash bundles too for river bank stabilisation. Not had much luck locally (waiting to hear back from local coppice group), so thought I'd try asking here? Could possibly consider alder too, or in fact anything that will root and grow easily in a shady ish area! Thanks.
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    Flail vs Rotary Topper - Recommendations

    I have a 1.1m rotary topper on the back of a small (18hp ish) compact tractor. It does a pretty neat job (a really neat job when I ran it at too high a PTO speed by mistake!) and is easy on the tractor. I have a steep paddock to cut, and though I'm tempted by offset, I think a rear mount is more stable and easier for limited access. Didn't try a flail as they were a fair bit more expensive and I don't need a really clean cut (though I do use the topper on parts of the lawn from time to time!).
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    Whats the weather like near you?

    Good word, like it!
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    Milling Eucalyptus

    Euc grows pretty fast! Be interested to see how big it is after 12 years as I'm growing some for a firewood coppice...

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