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About HertsWood

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    Mountain biking, Land Rovers, wine, my iPad
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    Founder & Director of HorticMan Ltd (www.horticman.co.uk) & it's WoodFuel subsidiary, Herts
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    SG13 7EW
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  1. HertsWood

    Hetas, Woodsure, Ready to Burn and Grown in Britain

    I used to only sell firewood/WoodFuel in Hertfordshire, now as a result of my accreditation’s, I sell my woodfuel to customers in Essex, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and into London.
  2. HertsWood

    Land rover with hydraulic pto pump

    I had a RED PTO hydraulic pump from FirstFour fitted to my Defender 130 with a single circuit to the front and back. Perfect for running a log splitter or even a chipper since the flow rate was up to 54litres per min. It’s for sale now as I had a new transfer box and it had to come off for the new one to be fitted. The hydraulic tank and hoses are still on the defender. Make an offer if you’re interested.
  3. HertsWood

    Hetas, Woodsure, Ready to Burn and Grown in Britain

    Hi Bob, GiB is all about promoting British timber / British woodlands and encouraging woodland owners to bring them into management. As a result, the majority of the timber I source has to come from managed woodlands with approved management plans and felling licences in place.
  4. HertsWood

    Hetas, Woodsure, Ready to Burn and Grown in Britain

    Hi Dumper, It’s not just about stickers. There is Biomass standard to adhere to, which covers everything thing from where the timber comes from, to how it’s processed, seasoned, packaged, checked for moisture content etc. The GiB Certification for HWF is £120 / yr and the annual audit is £60. There are random audits throughout the year as well to ensure standards are met. You allowed up to 15% timber from tree surgery operations,the rest coming from woodlands with approved management plans and FC felling licences. The HETAS schemes cost a combined £378 per year. This includes the audits, listing in the HETAS handbook of all accredited suppliers/installers, as well as massive regional and national marketing support. I’m proud to be accredited by both HETAS & GiB for my woodfuel and with the Clean Air Initiatives announced in January which will bring in further regulation where WoodFuel producers will need to be accredited, it’s a no brainer.
  5. HertsWood

    Hetas, Woodsure, Ready to Burn and Grown in Britain

    I’m accredited by HETAS for both the WoodSure & Ready 2 Burn Scheme, for me it’s about demonstrating an audit process to customers, for those that live in London where Ready to Burn standard is seen as the minimum standard with regard to firewood quality. I’m also Grown in Britain Assured for WoodFuel (Firewood, WoodFuel pellets), including being one of a handful of charcoal producers in Britain with the accreditation. For me it works and business has increased because of it, with customers across Essex, Herts, Bucks, Northants, Cambridgeshire & London.
  6. HertsWood

    The Land Rover Appreciation Group.

    After a conversation with Paul Foley at FoleySV, I fancy turning my Defender 130 into a 6x6.....
  7. HertsWood

    So what caught your eye at this years APF?

    I realised that after I’d posted it Justin. Too much caffeine when I stopped at Starbucks at Droitwich to dry out....
  8. HertsWood

    So what caught your eye at this years APF?

    Justin Kingswell put on a good display with his range of site clearance machines - including the mighty Morbark whole tree chipper.
  9. HertsWood

    The Land Rover Appreciation Group.

    The Zulu is pretty unique. If you’ve got $500K you could get FoleySV to build you a 6x6 Defcon (true 6x6), with a 6zpd auto and the stonking LS3 engine from the corvette zr1.... I’m happy with the stage 2 upgrade on the td5 - got just over 195bhp & 430NM which is great for towing and motorway cruising. Scares the hell out of golf gti’s....
  10. HertsWood

    Out milling Alder

    Alder makes one of the best British charcoal on the planet! It’s one of my best sellers.
  11. HertsWood

    what logs have you been chopping today!

    A little bit of hornbeam
  12. HertsWood

    Any new small charcoal retorts out there?

    Hi Richard, Have grading over a 12.5mm screen I get about 120 kg of charcoal. Depends on the species. Since April 2017, I’ve done 58 burns producing & selling approx 7 tonnes of charcoal.
  13. HertsWood

    Any new small charcoal retorts out there?

    Hi Richard, You feed the firebox until the temp hits about 350, at this point it’s self sustaining as the retort then feeds / cooks on the wood gasses in the drum. You just have to monitor and then reduce the temps if they go above 550 degrees - like now for example....
  14. HertsWood

    The Land Rover Appreciation Group.

    Keep it. My 2004 Defender 130 is still worth what I paid for it 7 years ago, even though it’s done 216k Miles
  15. HertsWood

    Any new small charcoal retorts out there?

    Hi Richard, It’s safe to open the door once the temp is down to about 80 degrees C. At that temp I unload straight into purpose made cooling bins with airtight lids. Then the charcoal can continue to cool while I reload the drum.


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