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  1. Guess it's another word for a set? (Cutting of willow etc. to replant by pushing into the ground). To try and answer the OP's question, I think you'll struggle to keep em that long. You can store them for a few days somewhere damp and cool or even heel them in in damp sand, but for that length of time they'll probably be rooting and you'll damage the roots when you pull them out again.
  2. Agreed, I have and do burn it on an open fire. Though I possibly wouldn't stand over the fire breathing in deeply...
  3. I know that sea water driftwood burns with odd coloured flames due to salt & chemicals in it. Not sure I'd want to burn it in a stove myself...
  4. Hi all I've got a gap between the metal register plate and the chimney pipe from my stove, between 2mm and 20mm in size. I've also got some fire rope and some high temp (300C) silicone! Is this a good way to fill the gap, or is there a better one? I'm guessing the flue's not likely to get above 300C on the outside? (Single wall flue pipe IIRC, too hot to touch but not ludicrously hot). The flue is lined, but there's cold air leaking in outside the liner and through the gap... Thanks.
  5. Did you find out which strain it is, J? Might plant a few myself.
  6. That looks like the badger, many thanks.
  7. I feel it's obvious and I should know, but I can't put my finger on it... Thanks.
  8. I can still see a patch on my stovetop where I wiped WD40 on the rusty bit (a few months ago now) but not the rest of the surface, so something seems to linger... Don't know if oil might soak into the firebricks and weaken them, maybe?
  9. Yep! Not totally sure on finish actually, but stove installer recommended WD40 rather than expensive stove cleaners / oils as it does the same job. Seems to work well. I only put a little bit on and wipe it around the surface, and I don't then light the stove for a month or two, so no, it doesn't smoke that I've noticed. There was a patch of rust starting where a stove fan got put on top of the metalwork when it was a bit damp, the oil seems to keep this at bay. As for putting oil inside, I don't know. Not sure it would be good to get oil in fire bricks etc.? Wiping it carefully on the metalwork might be OK, but I wouldn't then light the fire for a while, and maybe open the door to let the volatiles out.
  10. I oil the outside of mine, and open the door every so often to help the air move a bit. (Leave the vents at least half open, as you say).
  11. Thanks all. Will chase my tree surgeon up and get it done sooner rather than later. I've got another ash with a big limb over the garage that's looking a bit sickly too, shame. I like my ash trees.
  12. Thanks chaps, I didn't think it looked good. But is it likely to be dangerous, and is it likely to fail suddenly or gradually, branches first? I guess it can't be too bad as long as it still has some live leaves...? I.e., should I have it down this week, this year, next year...?
  13. Can you do it last week for £200 then?!


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