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  1. Paul in the woods

    "Clean Air Strategy" today we find out.

    I note they show bottom up fire lighting when I thought a top down method was better (i.e. put some large bits at the bottom then kindling on top)? I also can't help feeling the people who watch these videos already know what they are doing and it's those people who don't that need to be told.
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    What am I looking for?

    Portable DVR seems to come up with some ideas like these? https://www.amazon.com/Mini-1080P-LCD-Portable-Recorder/dp/B009ZZJV56 http://txgsupplier.com/portable-recorder/portable-digital-audio-video-mini-dvr-recorder-lcd-screen.html
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    Milling small ash

    I don't have a specific use but do need wood for floorboards, a new kitchen, shelving etc. I'd rather have some planks sitting about waiting rather than having to buy stuff in. I have plenty of mature ash as well but the access to that is terrible so that may be logged. The young ash would be more manageable for me as a hobbyist with a chainsaw mill, although I've noted Mr Hewn's comments about a bandsaw.
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    Milling small ash

    I've been cutting and splitting some young ash and mature ash into logs and the difference is noticeable. The young ash is much more stringy and fibrous than the older ash and the older ash seems more dusty when cutting. I wonder if planks from the young ash would be less durable.
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    Milling small ash

    Thank you for the reply. I don't have any use in mind, I'm looking at it more from a woodland management point of view. I.e. these ash are unlikely to be here in a few years and it would be a shame just to log them. There are a few I could get a couple of meters lengths of 8" boards from.
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    Milling small ash

    I've been thinning the young ash on our woodland and I've been wondering what the smallest diameter the remaining trees need to get to to be worth milling? Normally I would say they are far too small but with ash dieback looming I would like to mill some for future use.
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    Fruit tree pruning required - Congleton

    The RHS has some good advice on getting figs to fruit. Worth a read for general maintenance even if you do get someone in to bring it under control initially. https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/fruit/figs https://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/profile?pid=106#section-2
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    january flowers

    We have one or two snow drops open. Our gorse has been flowering it's heart out for over a month now and our winter honeysuckle has been flowering for a few weeks - all flowers that our bees love at this time of year. There's some hazle catkins that are starting to open as well, I'll have to see if there are any female slowers starting to open.
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    Sister in Law stitched up by the coppers !

    Was the grey hound insured? If so then speak to them. Does your sis-in-law have legal advice on her house insurance?
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    What has been done to these trees

    To my uneducated eye they look like sycamores. Sycamores (aphids on them) will drip sticky substances onto the cars in the car park so I would have thought someone has asked for them to be cut.
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    House heating that isn't wood fueled?

    I've been thinking a bit about this, i.e. the output required. Our last elec bill shows a daily 9.3 kWh usage, so I'd only need 0.5kW generation for my needs. Something capable of 1kW would be ideal, and just dumping the energy in a few storage heaters and a hot water tank to keep things simple. @Ernesto thanks for the link, Evans aren't that far from me so I'll bear them in mind.
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    Fruit trees and orchards

    Ours were still on our ivy a couple of weeks back. They are now on the gorse when the weather allows but are mainly bringing water in. @Wonky, I'm glad I left a super on each of ours as it has been warm and wet so the bees will have been munching through their stores. Have you 'hefted' your hives to see what they have left?
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    House heating that isn't wood fueled?

    With the hydroram I've used you build a small header tank and have a feed a few foot under the water level. No maintenance at all for removing leaves or twigs. The only problem is the feed is too close the the bottom of the tank so the odd small stone can cause problems every 3 months or so. (I will ask though, do you know of anywhere to buy the clacks for a good price, £100+ for a rubber washer is rather frightening). I'd expect with a well set up turbine you wouldn't have too many problems. Having said that we occasionally get the odd large log going down stream in times of flood!
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    House heating that isn't wood fueled?

    On our stream there would be no real negative impact as the wash off from the farms has seen off a fair bit of wildlife. If anything a small dam and a little dredging might save some of the soil from ending up in the sea. I also gather there was a mill on our land in the distant past so there's a fair bit of power that could be harnessed in our stream. Build costs I wouldn't think would be much for us, just a few oak beams to expand one of the natural pools. Less than a solar install. I would also expect it would be fairly easy to maintain a small hydro-generator compared to a gas or oil boiler, or even roof mounted panels?
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    Fruit trees and orchards

    I'm going by our own observation of our own honey bees. Not all flowers are as useful to bees as others, some produce more nectar or more pollen, and when you look at pollen some has higher protein that others. So, honey bees will be choosy and may well prefer a different plant than your fruit trees. Some may well visit them but the bulk will be on something more useful. With regard to the US, thankfully we don't farm like them but I thought it was crops like almonds rather than apples that have huge hive movements? I'm all for people keeping honey bees but I doubt they are necessary for most orchard keepers to ensure good pollination, in the UK at least.


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