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sandspider

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  1. Wild privet? Good for wildlife, looks and smells nice. Not sure how it would do in a confined root space though...
  2. Squaredy, were the cups at westonbirt no good? Industrial recycling only?
  3. I seem to remember seeing somewhere that 10cm diameter is the best size for optimum burning. Most of my logs are around this size (length varies), and it seems to work well in both my large and small stoves. Having said that, I will put a bigger one or two on sometimes to keep it going for a bit longer, as long as it's still flaming rather than smouldering.
  4. I think you will find it's just a photo of Graham in his work clothes...
  5. As I remember, they made a thing out of their cups being compostable in normal compost, not requiring the high temps of industrial set ups. I don't have the details though, so don't quote me on that...
  6. I dried my leylandii in a polytunnel. ~6 months in good weather with one door and all vents open seems to dry it fully, to 12% ish.
  7. Surprised to see you in normal clothes, was the gimp outfit having it's yearly wash?!
  8. They have disposable cups at Westonbirt, made of some sort of vegetable polymer, which apparently will compost in normal compost bins...
  9. I'm currently burning quite a bit of leylandii, as I had a big one felled in my garden. I need to put three logs on where I would have put two hardwood logs on, but it burns well and dries quickly.
  10. The Truncators are quite good, especially if you've got a lot of smaller diameter wood. Pricey new, but I picked up an unused one on ebay for £25 and it's handy to have. Chop wood, saw horse retains it, pour each "cup" of logs into wheelbarrow, off to polytunnel. I also have one of the basic metal ones from Toolstation, but I've eventually managed to snap the little metal strap that holds the legs closed by dumping one or two too heavy logs on to it. (It's also a thin, flimsy bit of metal). Still works though.
  11. Whenever you and others post the branch logger videos, I have to watch them! Very soothing. I'd like one, but don't have enough small diameter wood really. Chainsaw it is then. As for log carriers, I have an old plastic laundry box thing that has served me faithfully for 10 or more years. Can put it down without it collapsing, throw logs into it etc. and it's easy to carry, keeps the mess in, can be put down on wet grass etc.
  12. I had an air arms tx200 HC, non fac. Lovely gun, I regret selling it. I never tried a fac version, but I imagine they'd be good to shoot, the non fac certainly was. Heavy though.
  13. Seven Sisters chestnut, Penshurst. Ended up here on a random walk, didn't know it was there. The largest living tree (by volume?) in the UK I believe, a seven stemmed sweet chestnut.
  14. Bit late it seems, but I needed a homeowner saw about 10 years ago, and stumbled across a Spear & Jackson(!) chainsaw on eBay for £75 or so. Obviously it's cheap and Chinese, but it's served me well those ten years, cutting probably 3 or 4 M3 of logs on average per year. I sharpen the chain when it needs it and empty it of fuel (idle away the dregs) before putting away, and not had to replace any parts of it, touch wood.
  15. Just for comparison, here are photos (from today) of an alder and a sweet chestnut I planted at a similar time to the eucs. Or possibly in early 2018.
  16. And the same trees today! Nitens then neglecta. While that's the biggest neglecta (probably 12 foot tall on looking at it again), the others aren't too far behind. Nitens are growing a lot slower, though they may have been hit harder by the frost. They're supposed to be hardier than neglecta if I remember right!
  17. These ones are the same plants after frost nip, in April 2018. Neglecta then nitens this time.
  18. Hunted out a few pics. First one is Eucalyptus nitens, planted out end of June 2017. Second is Eucalyptus neglecta, planted out at the same time.
  19. Polytunnel? My logs dry over spring / summer in a polytunnel, though they still get a bit soggy at this time of year when the wind drops and the air is damp. (Not much sun on the tunnel at this time of year either). A day or so in the house / by the fire and they should be OK again.
  20. I'll find photos, but I'm not at home at the moment.
  21. I did a bit of euc research, and in 2017 I planted E. nitens and E. neglecta. The growth rate is phenomenal, especially on the nitens. I planted them out at about 6" tall (too soon really) and now they're at least 8 or 10 foot tall. I haven't fertilised them or anything, just whacked them into grassy soil with a weed membrane on top. One thing to note: they're supposed to be cold hardy, but this only applies to mature trees. I didn't protect my seedlings at all and they were badly knocked back by frosts. A few died, particularly the neglecta.
  22. Your photos aren't very clear or close up, but aren't they just losing their leaves for Autumn? My robinia all have by now.

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