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sandspider

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  1. sandspider

    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.
  4. 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...
  8. Figs take two years to ripen on the tree, if I remember right. I'm trying to grow a fig tree in Wales, but it's not doing to well. Froze and died back the first year, and something (probably a fox after field mice) dug up the roots this year. Hopefully it will sprout again, but I'm not holding my breath.
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    january flowers

    Primroses up round me (in an area which the sun hasn't touched since September) and snow drops not far off. Had a rose come into bloom in December, though the flower has since died...
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    Fruit trees and orchards

    I was under the impression that you shouldn't put too much (or any) good stuff in the planting hole of a new tree, as the roots will stay in the lovely rich environment in the hole and not spread out of the hole into the surrounding soil and anchor your tree properly? Mulch after the first year or two, sure, but not when planting...
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    Increasing unseasoned timber sales discussion

    I've not looked at the whole thread, so may have missed something... But - as a firewood user with space to dry wood, trying to buy unseasoned or / and unprocessed logs early last year I had great difficulty getting a) any response at all or b) a reasonable discount for the amount of work required to process the stuff. I have a bit of kit, not much, but enjoy processing and splitting my own logs - I know it's a lot of work. Eventually I managed to get a processed, unseasoned load from a local chap in April or May, at the same cost as seasoned logs the year before! They didn't season too well as it happens (north facing log store and not much wind), but should be fine for next Winter. I'm willing, but most suppliers round me seem to prefer to stick to selling their seasoned stuff, or don't offer enough discount to make it worth my time.
  12. My Burley specifically says not to try and burn overnight. I don't anyway as I don't like it to smoulder.
  13. I get ash on the glass of my Burley too. Even with a good hot burn. The occasional wipe and it's fine, but it would be nice if it stayed clear. My other stove (Heta Inspire) has a much better airwash system, or at least, the glass stays totally clean.
  14. Looks interesting. Can't help you as I have no experience, but I would have thought there would have to be compromises somewhere to allow for two very different methods of heating...?
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    Tree time

    Nice looking tree David. The pictures remind me that I'll need to wait a while for my recently planted trees to grow big, and also that I should probably mulch them!

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