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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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    "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.
  7. 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!
  8. neiln

    "Clean Air Strategy" today we find out.

    chessa, sustainable and hugh capacity arent the same thing
  9. neiln

    "Clean Air Strategy" today we find out.

    The figures for pollution sources vary much. But given that pollution is short lived it is almost feasible to determine the contribution by short term removal. I.e. stop all wood stoves in an area (London) for a week, and measure the change to pollutant levels. If it gives a 30% reduction I'll not light mine again. If it gives 3% reduction then the government need to pursue other causes.
  10. neiln

    "Clean Air Strategy" today we find out.

    Sustainable by single tree? No. Sustainable by managed forest. With enough trees growing a little each year to replace the carbon released from those harvested each year (after accounting for processing)
  11. power is a rate of doing work, ie energy per unit of time. Watts. Watt = Joule per second. energy is Joule, or power multiplied by a time period, kWHr.
  12. neiln

    Another optimistic seller

    with all the gumtree/facebook group etc ads you see for a few bits of rotten timber/piles of painted or treated wood, broken fence panels and general mess, I sort of think they know its worthless but are trying on in the hope some mug will not know better and will clear their mess away for them, but this? WTF? they've had a tree felled and asked for the wood to be left by the looks.....do they actually really think its worth money? 50 quid if delivered, fine, but to collect? Oh dear.
  13. Another hobbyist here. Suburban London but found a local and friendly tree surgeon that just wants logs gone. I get all I need for myself and my mum too, mainly hardwood with enough cypress or such for getting the stove going. ~26 m³ stacked in the garden.... Yes... Yes it's taken over a bit! I enjoy chainsaws, a lot. I really really enjoy the axe/maul. I don't find stacking exciting but it's ok. I also enjoy heating the house for free.... Mains gas is cheaper than most heating fuels but I still save a fortune! Customer says he doesn't have the space? Pff, give him 3 pallets and a £10 tarp, he can stack and dry 3-4m³.... More if he stacks well and it doesn't fall over. 3/5 of mine is like this, along one fence of the back garden. However... As others have said, some will realise an ms180, ppe, and x27 etc will only set him back£300-400 quid... Paid for in a year if they can scrounge the wood up. So maybe supply those that want to split themselves too?
  14. Maybe check out Saltfire. Stovefitterswarehouse seem a straight up bunch and they seem to like them. However if you could stretch to £600-£650 the choices of decently made stoves open up loads. Don't forget to budget for liner or any other bits you need to fit the stove.
  15. 2 burners here too, and feeding them is a pain in a way, but rewarding too...its using the wood I put the effort in to scrounging and processing. i use ikea blue tote bags (doubled up) to carry the wood in, and an old pram so i can get 4 from the shed to the conservatory in one go.


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