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HertsWood

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  • Location:
    Hertford
  • Interests
    Mountain biking, Land Rovers, wine, my iPad
  • Occupation
    Founder & Director of HorticMan Ltd (www.horticman.co.uk) & it's WoodFuel subsidiary, Herts
  • Post code
    SG13 7EW
  • City
    Hertford

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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. After a conversation with Paul Foley at FoleySV, I fancy turning my Defender 130 into a 6x6.....
  7. I realised that after I’d posted it Justin. Too much caffeine when I stopped at Starbucks at Droitwich to dry out....
  8. Justin Kingswell put on a good display with his range of site clearance machines - including the mighty Morbark whole tree chipper.
  9. 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. Alder makes one of the best British charcoal on the planet! It’s one of my best sellers.
  11. 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.
  12. 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....
  13. Keep it. My 2004 Defender 130 is still worth what I paid for it 7 years ago, even though it’s done 216k Miles
  14. 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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