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  1. I usually burn between 12 and 15 cube per Winter, I am on the coast south of you and it has been pretty mild/wet so far so not really hit the wood store hard just yet, the burner is in night and day when the mercury finally drops.
  2. I am pretty sure you can connect it to the central heating system, you just need to keep one radiator on all the time to draw off the heat, most people put one in the attic to do this. I am not a plumber though so look into this first if it is an option.
  3. My mate had one installed when he added an extension to his kitchen, he has the back boiler version that he runs the underfloor heating from, he really rates it as the best thing he has bought, it looks great too.
  4. I have been thinking about buying a camper van for some lengthy forestry jobs where 4x4 access isn’t an issue. Anyone know if I could claim this as a welfare vehicle even if I use it outside of work? What defines a vehicle as welfare?
  5. If any coppice is overstood for too long the main problem that develops is that one or more of the stems collapse and shear the stool apart, or they blow over and uproot in the wind in the heavier biased direction. There are plans to cut a section this Winter and monitor how they respond. I think on this site the maidens wouldn’t have been cut for at least the first 30 years.
  6. The Woodland Trust have owned the site for 25 years and it has never been cut in the time that they have had it. It’s hard to say what the rotation cycle on this particular site would have been as the wood grows really slowly here. The soil is very thin over sandstone, has a high elevation and exposed to the winds off the sea, it is a cold wood overall. A large Sweet Chestnut stand that was coppiced 25 years ago looks more like 10-15 year old coppice in other parts of East Sussex and Kent.
  7. Hi TVI, I took a photo today of the Oak Coppice in the woods that I am ride widening in, just a phone shot. The Woodland is 110acres of coppice, mostly Sweet Chestnut with Oak standards, apart from this 10 acre English Oak coppice. The Oak is tanning oak, the bark peeled and used at a nearby tannery, the wood used for charcoal. There is another pure Oak Coppice just down the road in Bexhill, this is an even rarer habitat as it is Sessile Oak, it has qualified for SSSI status. The only Oak Coppice known in the South East.
  8. I am doing some Ride widening myself this week for The Woodland Trust, although not anywhere on your scale. Talking of multigenerational activity, this wood has a section of Oak coppice, a particular long rotation I would think, and one of only two known in the South East.
  9. The other RSPB site near me at Broadwater Warren used similar sized mulchers as part of the heathland restoration project, starting in 2007. I am used to seeing large clearfell sites but this was on a grand scale, and frankly alarming, it looked like someone had nuked the place! I was back there earlier this year and the recovery was remarkable along with the list of rare and endangered wildlife that had returned. I think your ride edges will look fantastic in just a few years.
  10. Excellent saw, can’t fault mine, and it has had some thrashing.
  11. Blean Woods is managed successfully on both the commercial and habitat creation sides, even though it is a SSSI. I have worked there regularly over the last few years and the ecology survey results back up the management decisions. Sometimes these large interventions can look drastic, but a couple of years later the rewards are all clear.
  12. And should get their arses kicked more often on the job for being sloppy, by the more experienced guys.
  13. I drink with a climbing assessor quite a bit and he regularly fails guys so I don’t know how you have come to this conclusion. The way I see it is different, the training/techniques that are in the industry now are far more advanced than when I started 25+ years ago. The problem is with the candidates doing their training, too many Instagram/Facebook, Go Pro, drone camera hero’s, obsessed with ‘likes’ and ‘selfies’ in the tree instead of working. No interest in trees, no knowledge of trees and how timber strength changes from species to species, and you can’t make a good arborist in a 5 day course. There is nothing that I see that is wrong with the way that we are already climbing, it is poor practice of these techniques that is causing these accidents, a decent climber will work two ropes without too much drama, a poor one won’t and will still have accidents using it.
  14. This all sounds very efficient but not much use to a village in a developing country with no power supply to access.
  15. I guy I know has been doing experiments with Biochar for years now, this is the guy who links up several rings kilns, the heat from the first one lit pushes the residual moisture from the next before it itself is lit, and so on. He charcoals the wood as chip rather than split logs then adds various organic matter to ‘charge’ it. He has been doing trials on various sites with Bartletts, with some impressive results. The kiln set up is being used primarily in developing countries where the labour source is cheap and can produce large amounts of biochar to condition the soil and remove the need for continuous chemical fertiliser, slash and burn techniques.

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