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About HertsWood

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    Mountain biking, Land Rovers, wine, my iPad
  • Occupation
    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

    what logs have you been chopping today!

    A little bit of hornbeam
  2. 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.
  3. 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....
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. HertsWood

    Charcoal quality

    The advantage of the charcoal retort over a ring kiln is the conversion ratio which is about 3.5 - 4:1 depending on species and the burn time which is 8 - 10hrs depending on species and moisture content. I grade my charcoal over a 12.5mm screen which gives a varied lump size, as well as reducing the dust content. Most of my mixed and single species charcoals are in 6kg stitched bags, the only exception is Cherry which is sold in 3kg - sold in multiples of 4x 3kg bags for £48. More info can be found here... www.stagbritishcharcoal.co.uk Matt
  7. HertsWood

    Any new small charcoal retorts out there?

    Loving my Pressvess Retort this afternoon...
  8. Got a JCB 520-50 compact Telehandler. 2ton lift, 5m reach, 4x4 & 4ws. Love it to bits, easy to drive and handles crates of firewood & pallets of pellets with ease.
  9. HertsWood

    what logs have you been chopping today!

    Alder isn’t a bad firewood when mixed with others but this Alder is destined to be British Charcoal as soon as it’s seasoned.
  10. My Defender td5 has a JE Motors stage 2 conversion. 195bhp and 425NM pulls any heavy trailer effortlessly.
  11. HertsWood

    Log Load Prices??

    Morning Martin, I’m not a tree surgeon, neither am I knocking Arb waste but under my Grown in Britain accreditation at least 90% of my timber has to be sourced from managed woodlands. Likewise, the woodland management we do for clients is based on timber contracts where we take the timber as payment. I’m working a woodland at the moment where in yr1 we felled 70 tonnes of Alder & 300 tonnes of Sycamore/Ash, the Alder was sold for more than the sycamore & ash, covered the cost of works carried out and left me with 200 tonnes to process into firewood.
  12. HertsWood

    what logs have you been chopping today!

    Processing Alder at the weekend
  13. HertsWood

    Log Load Prices??

    I deliver in 2 volume sizes: 1.2m3 & 2.4m3 loose tipped, all hardwood sourced from local woodlands - no tree surgery waste. I’m Grown in Britain Assured & HETAS WoodSure / Ready to Burn Accredited. Currently charge £125 / £245, based in Hertfordshire. I don’t overcharge but we produce a quality product which people want. We also use the same seasoned timber to make British Charcoal.
  14. HertsWood

    Ride on brush cutters

    Depends on the terrain. I have an Irus Deltrak with a heavy duty 105cm flail. It can be fitted with back-to-back flails for grass or hammer flails for brambles and woody vegetation. Being remote control means that the operator is never in harms way. It will operate on slopes up to 60 degrees and can be up to 300m away from the operator.
  15. HertsWood

    The Land Rover Appreciation Group.

    My 53 plate defender 130 has 209K on it. Only needed 2x clutches, a transfer box and rear diff in its life. It tows heavy trailers on a regular basis, has rear air springs and a JE Motors Stage 2 system. It does what it says on the tin. Find a good specialist to service it - I use Foley Land Rovers.


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