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  1. Poor wording on my part, I meant the canvass bag holds a days worth of firewood. It holds about a 1/3 a barrow bag (anymore and would struggle to carry onehanded). The bucket holds 2/3rds of that when full and the remaining stays in the bag in the porch until around 6pm when empty that in the bucket and get another load from the woodshed. I find it's enough firewood for a 8kw stove to keep a single glazed, single storey, 2 bed stone cottage at 20-24 all day.
  2. I use an old metal washing tub bowl. It looks the part, holds a days worth of wood and doesnt allow any debris to fall through. The tub is just for storing though, I use one of these to carry the logs in as can carry it one handed: Esschert Canvas Fireplace bag. The box for the kindling is a cheap £5 IKEA job: Knagglig pine box.
  3. Lucan

    Pensions

    So one year on, any changes in pension/retirement planning?
  4. If you want some bedtime reading on the biodiversity value of sycamore in UK woodlands: The ecology and biodiversity value of sycamore (acer pseudoplatanus L) with particular reference to Great Britain
  5. Are you coppicing the lapsed stand in the photo, and if so do you expect it to regrow? We have a few lapsed coppices the same size but are hesitant of coppicing as concerned they won't survive. Enjoying the thread and the nice structure to your posts. A mix of first half educational then second about your own experiences. Would make a good book/memoir perhaps.
  6. You mean the 'Wood as Fuel: Technical Supplement for Fuel Suppliers'? Should come up through Google Alternatively there are some free copies of the 'UN FAO: Wood fuels Handbook' online which should help.
  7. For that budget I would suggest the Makita ea4300 over the 135 or 181, can pick it up for £235 (plus spare chain) from Fastfix.
  8. Might cost a bit but may be worth it comparing it to the outlay on your project (and that's not just because an old colleague is one of the authors). For example it talks about the growth rate, soil requirements, also the poor frost tolerance of E.nitens, such as the trial at Thetford were it failed completely, and how important the provenance of the seedlings is with regards to such tolerance.
  9. Interesting project. If you've not already I would recommend a read of this paper: The potential for Eucalyptus as a wood fuel in the UK (Leslie et. al., 2014).
  10. This analysis might be of interest to you and the OP; Long Term Carbon Account for Forestry at Eskdalemuir It looked at the long term carbon impact of a change of land use from upland sheep farming to conifer forestry in a Scottish farm.
  11. I think there is some misunderstanding about how woodlands store carbon. The main store is not in the trees but in the soil. See the graph from Dewar and Cannel (1992) Obviously if planting the potential to store carbon in the soil depends on the previous land use. If replanting a forest, organic soils or peatland than there would be little or negative storage, however if planting on agricultural land or heathland than there is substantial build up which remains even after clear fell harvesting, as the graph shows.
  12. First, I wouldn't worry about Cannell's papers being out of date. The methodology is still sound. Second, although species is important, there are other factors that can be just as, if not more important such as yield class (Bateman and Lovett, 2000) and forest management (Jandl et al., 2007). For specific values and figures (and general reading) I would recommend; The social value of carbon sequestered in Great Britain's woodlands (Brainaird et al., 2009) Carbon sequestration in the trees, products and soils of forest plantations: an analysis using UK examples (Dewar and Cannell, 1992) Long term effects of whole tree harvesting on soil carbon and nutrient sustainability in the UK (Vanguelova et al., 2010) The carbon pool in a British semi-natural woodland (Patenaude et al., 2003) Carbon storage and sequestration in the forests of Northern Ireland (Cannell et al., 1996) Estimating and valuing the carbon sequestered in softwood and hardwoodtrees, timber products and forest soils in Wales (Bateman and Lovett, 2000) Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) forests in Atlantic Europe: changes in forest management and possible consequences for carbon sequestration (Mason and Perks, 2011) Carbon pools and sequestration in forest ecosystems in Britain (Cannell and Milne, 1995) How strongly can forest management influence soil carbon sequestration? (Jandl et al., 2007) In short though I believe the summary from Dewar and Cannell (1992) is still applicable today; "If the objective is to store carbon rapidly in the short term and achieve high carbon storage in the long term, Populus plantations growing on fertile land (2.7 m spacing, 26-year rotations, Yield Class 12) were the best option examined. If the objective is to achieve high carbon storage in the medium term (50 years) without regard to the initial rate of storage, then plantations of conifers of any species with above-average Yield Classes would suffice. In the long term (100 years), broadleaved plantations of oak and beech store as much carbon as conifer plantations. Mini-rotations (10 years) do not achieve a high carbon storage."
  13. Judith Curry gets no media coverage? Just the other day she was found to be the 4th most visible in terms of media coverage of all climate change speakers (out of the 750). In fact deniers and skeptics get 50% more media visibility than scientists (source). The BBC as a perfect example of this lack of editorial rigor. She has also testified before the House and Senate on multiple occasions. She also doesn't say it's all a hoax BTW. Apart from that your analysis is spot on.
  14. Derbyshire man refuses to leave town facing flood disaster saying it's 'fuss about nothing' and 'health and safety gone mad' Would of loved to see this guy around during Pompeii. Also not sure the woman who says that if the dam does burst she'll just walk up the hill quite understands how 1.3m m3 of water works.
  15. Lucan

    Springwatch

    Whilst I disagree his views on countryside management (shooter myself), I still respect that his passion and care for UK wildlife is genuine, just has different opinions on how to get there. Personally couldn't hate and wish anyone ill for that. But then again it's a sign of the times we live in I guess.
  16. Bit confused why you keep going on about why the UK should adopt a points based immigration system, considering the fact that the UK already does adopt a points based migration system and has done for over 10 years? Especially confusing considering how under the points based system, non-EU net migration has steadily risen from 150,000/yr in 2013 to 261,000 in 2018, compared to EU net migration (free movement) at only 57,000 last year. So 82% of net migration is already through our points based system, but applying the same system to the remaining 18% is the "blinding obvious" answer? The claim that it is a "demonstrably affective system of controlling the number" is a bit questionable.
  17. The figure comes from; £2.7bn for safety felling roadside trees £1.6bn for safety felling urban trees £4bn for woodland ecosystem loss £5.3bn for non-woodland ecosystem loss Rest is from safety felling of railway line trees, replanting, etc Considering there is an estimated 4m ash trees within falling distance of a road, of which around 35% are under public ownership, that does seem like an underestimation. Figure has been updated and now 95% is the expected mortality rate
  18. Lucan

    Pensions

    Firstly hats off to you for thinking about pensions at 21. I think a lot of people wish they had done that, myself included. The answer is the earlier the better (ie now). A rule of thumb is if you start now you would only need a total contribution (so your contribution plus the external top up) equal to around 10% of your annual salary every year for a comfortable income for life once you retire. The longer you postpone starting your pension, the higher the percentage you need to continually put in. I'm only about 10 years older than you and recently started, and I'm putting in 24% (although a bit more complex). On average people your age will live to over 90, you might even experience 2100. Starting to invest for your retirement at 21 will probably be one of the wisest financial decisions you'll make.
  19. Does anyone have any experience with combining a wood stove with back boiler, and a ASHP (air 2 water) for central heating and DHW? Looking for a system that can use logs but also operate without if desired and not cost the earth (electric only available second energy source). Seems to be a few ways of going about it, like a H5 panel or something like the pic below;
  20. Just a certain existing member's alter ego wanting to stir up trouble and waste people's time. The name 'mark 2' maybe should of given the fact it's someone's second account away earlier.
  21. In the early stages of a build, as with Difflock (having ample free wood just a few hundred meters away), have not gone down the wood fuel route, instead looking at a GSHP + PV for UFH and a MVHR (plus Swedish style stove for atmosphere). A few reasons we're not going with a log boiler, a main one being just can't be bothered with the hassle and commitment tbh.
  22. Fiskars X27 for me, rule of thumb is if that Wranglestar guy doesn't like them you know they must be good.
  23. For me the main issue is more who the next PM will be. JRM and Michael Gove have set out almost completely different visions for UK agriculture/forestry/environment. Then there's JC and who knows what his rural policies for a post Brexit UK will be. The EU might not of been perfect but the long term and relatively consistent policies gave businesses certainty to build their business and invest around. Managing the increasing uncertainty and risk associated with more short lived and varying rural policies is by no means impossible, but might catch a few of the bigger companies out.
  24. Lucan

    Jokes???

    Got the missus a get better soon card. She isn’t sick, I just think she can get better.
  25. Has anyone had any experience with or know of any hybrid wood and electric cookers? Having a stove that can be electric (gas not possible) during the week and wood on the weekends would be perfect for our lifestyle but so far only found one that offers that, and it's pricey and can't find any reviews; ESSE 990 Hybrid Wood & electric range cooker Cheers

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