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  1. neiln

    Flexi Flue sweeping.

    first few feet? do you have a pipe going that far past a register plate then finishing? i thought that was bad practice as it creates a potentially large trap for creosote and hence a chimney fire risk.
  2. neiln

    Need advice, want to upgrade my saw.

    BillP got it right first reply......365 x -torq pairs well with my ms180. I would say that...I bought the 365 from Bill In all honesty though, if you want a 2 saw plan, go 60cc or bigger. If you get a 50cc saw I suspect you'll not use the ms181 much after that.
  3. neiln

    Flexi Flue sweeping.

    Surely its the sulphurous smokeless coal that is hard on the liner, the brush just reveals it. if you burb smokeless you should have the 904 grade liner anyway. I only burn wood but I wasn't 100% sure that would be the case, so i ou in the higher grade liner
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    Husky vs Stihl

    want light, shit hot performance and maybe willing to baby it a bit? (yet to be determined how necessary) OR do you want, smooooth, good but maybe less zip, possibly torquier (I may be making that up*), and prepared to hump around more weight...a lot more weight. make your choice * I'm not going on experience, just what I've read...i may be spouting rubbish!
  5. neiln

    Flexi Flue sweeping.

    here you go, my post of 2nd Nov not much of the actual kit on show though
  6. neiln

    Flexi Flue sweeping.

    can't remember what set up. Bought from somewhere online..chimneysweepdirect or similar name. The set was describe as a high end domestic/bottom end of pro sort of set. Better quality nylon or whatever the rods are supposedly to resist heat build up (DONT leave it spinning and not moving p or own, if a spot is touching the flue that spot will warm up!). brass fittings, glued and pinned to the rods and they seem substantial. replaceable whips in the head. Standard set was something like 8 rods and I got an extra one which cost a bit more...turned out not to be needed as i get to the top with one spare now. I've had it a couple of years, with 2 stoves and sweeping before installs I've used it 4 times i think. I'm happy with the set but because i miss read the description I got a set where the rods screw together, fine...just ensure the drill turns clockwise only. However the sets that lock together are a bit quicker to use...screw together ones get tight being turned on a drill and disconnecting the end fitting, adding a rod, reconnecting the end fitting is what takes all the time doing the sweep. I can still do the pair of stoves in I guess a couple of hours with digging the tools out the garage, and tidying away after. Have a search on here and you'll find phots of my set up in use...might have even dug the name out last time, not sure.
  7. neiln

    Flexi Flue sweeping.

    Sweep myself each year, it doesn't make any mess and doesn't take long. I have some bends in the flue so I went for a powersweep system, spent about £100 on a set as the cheap ones just worried me.
  8. neiln

    Down scaling

    you'd get a new ms180 for under £200 unless they've gone up loads. And while i like mine, its a home owner saw, probably not what the OP wants. although...if you do I'll swap mne for the 290 😂 being serious, something like a ms240 would be more capable
  9. neiln

    Jotul - You should only burn hardwoods

    I don't really care what the makers say. I've enough personal experience now as I come through my 3rd year operating 2 stoves ( just a newbie, but I've about 16-18m³ under my belt now) to make my own mind up. I'm quite happy with softwood, dried it has no I'll affects. Leyland cypress is actually modestly dense, and burns great. I favour Oak, ash, Holly, acacia and now silver birch but cypress is on a par with sycamore in my overall ranking... Similar energy.
  10. neiln

    Jotul - You should only burn hardwoods

    I had a couple of m³ of silver birch this last winter/spring. It was easy to split by hand in general, it dried well over the summer and has been burning very well with good heat. Lights ready too. Having read Norwegian wood (great read btw) I expected nothing less!
  11. neiln

    "Clean Air Strategy" today we find out.

    We all bring our seasoned wood inside a little at a time and store a few hours to a days worth beside the stove, where it dries a little more. If I bring wood from the shed at ~18% MC, and sit it ½m from the stove, ambient conditions say 22C and 45% rh, but the ends facing the stove probably reaching 60C, does it dry measurably in 6 hours? 12 hours? 24? 48? I'm just thinking, how big would my hearth rack need to be in order to achieve 15% MC as it goes to the flames. I know I used to hear the odd crack from the stored wood drying slightly, although rarely now I'm 2+ years ahead on my wood.
  12. neiln

    Moisture meters

    proper way to do it is wood at room temp, split the wood, measure on fresh split face....and it makes a difference if across or with the grain but i forget which is correct! oh and jam the pins in firmly.
  13. neiln

    "Clean Air Strategy" today we find out.

    Err, not really. yes I know that a sustainable source only has a capacity, and pushed beyond that it isn't sustainable, but a sustainable source of energy is sustainable when used right...a fossil fuel is always unsustainable. Mass power from sustainable forms means a mix of sources....wind doesn't always blow and we can only have so many turbines in windy spots, the sun doesn't always shine, there are only so many spots for tidal generation and so on. My point is wood can be sustainable, but only if managed, and operated within capacity.
  14. neiln

    "Clean Air Strategy" today we find out.

    Except littler doesn't dissapate naturally in a short term.... And even if it did I'm more suggesting a voluntary cessation of one type of littering... Say littering by women (stove operation by those burning dry wood) to see if there is an effect on overall levels of litter.... No, actually it's more like looking at the affect of overall levels of a particular type of litter, say cigarette butts (pm 2.5). In practice it's not feasible to get all stove owners to voluntarily stop for a week, and even if it were..... If it showed little change to the pm 2.5 levels then the authorities would question the participation levels rather than look to find other causes of that pollution!
  15. neiln

    "Clean Air Strategy" today we find out.

    chessa, sustainable and hugh capacity arent the same thing


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