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Everything posted by neiln

  1. Fr Jones, husqvarna premium mineral chain oil, 5L, £11.64 before vat. Although with vat and shipping is just over £22 if only buying one. I'm lucky jonesy is local and can collect from the store.
  2. Let's assume the house is a between the wars suburban build, so ~100. The garage probably younger but let's say 40. Both less then the acorn that led to this great oak, yes. But both were built many years before the sensibly sized for a suburban garden, tree, extended its roots to trespass into the neighbours property and desicate the soil near the foundations causing the subsidence. So no, the building came first. Ok I'd possibly argue different if the house were built in a forest where you could expect a tree to grow large, but I'd say it is unreasonable to allow a tree to grow so large in a small suburban garden setting and hence I don't think it's like moving to the country and complaining of the smell. No you won't get heave. Not if my assumptions are correct. If wrong and the garage is so recent that it were built on soil already desicated, then removing the tree woild lead to the soil recovering to a moisture and swollen state higher than the intended place for the foundations... And heave. But in my scenario, no, the soil can only recover to where the building wants it to be. In short, heave only possible for structures built on predicated soil. Take the tree down.
  3. oh and this years drought will cause more damage than normal...and droughts such as this are becoming more common, there is a ticking timebomb of subsidence claims coming over the next few decades.
  4. because I've been the homeowner with subsidence caused by neighbours large oak in south london, and the *&*^&%& wouldn't take his tree down for years and years and years despite arborist reports, engineers reports, testpits, bore hole soil samples with roots from his tree and showing desiccation at depth, years of crack monitoring, years of level monitoring. So i know a 20+m oak in london on its shrinkable clay, will cause trouble for any and ALL nearby structures. the neighbours garage, the neighbours house, other neighbours houses and the OPs house too. I know the stress caused by a belligerent tree owner. sorry OP, not you, if you listen! I like trees, honest, but unfortunately a20m+ oak is too big for pretty much all suburban gardens. its inappropriate. that size tree does not fit there. the roots are tresspasing and causing damage. if the OP doesn't remove the tree, eventually the neighbour or his insurer will take him to court for the damage caused. When i did this, my neighbour removed the tree finally. So my best advice for the good of everyone, OP, remove the tree but ask the neighbours insurers to pay for it to be done. they will i suspect.
  5. i was visiting family at ormskirk this week and one day the smell was strong of pigs muck spreading on the nearby fields. i didnt think that was common practice these days, or is it just i've not been in the country at the right/wrong time for a while?
  6. its definitely the 70s all over again. kate bush at number 1, general strikes, double digit inflation and the real threat of nuclear armageddon with Russia and NATO toe to toe. power cuts and a really harsh winter will complete the feel. I just hope Spurs continue their decent form ....they were awful for most of the 70s!
  7. Energy cap prices have risen by 12% last October, 54% last march, predicted to rise 78% this October and then further in January. That's 309% October to October. Most users were on deals well below the cap but with supplier firms going bust and fixed price deals ending, most users are now on the cap so factor that rise in too and users will have seen 350-400% rise in the cost of gas and electric with more to come. While log producers haven't seen cost increases of anything like that you have seen cost increases and like everyone a cost of living increase of 10 ish % I'm suggesting a rise in the cost of logs 150% less than that for gas and electricity is fair as log producers have had very low margins and profit, deserve more, costs up so need more, and energy costs all round are up, but balancing against price gouging by a much lower increase than elsewhere in the energy sector. Log producers are not charities after all so profit is not a duty word, they deserve to earn a living too. Although I could make an exception for some 😉
  8. Wishing? Not me. I don't sell and don't want to see anyone in fuel poverty. I had to turn down logs least week though, so a drop in demand for tip site use can be catered for. Some customers don't need to agree, but those that have alternative heating do. If they think logs are costly they don't buy surely.
  9. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-62318376 I fear that you guys selling wood have undersold and continue to. £200/m³ hardwood would be a decent deal, £250 still not bad. Trouble is getting your competition and your customers to agree, but with gas, electricity and presumably oil up by of the order of 400% in 12-18 months, a 200-250% rise to logs would seem very fair.
  10. I had a need for a pruning saw recently, wanted a non folding that I could put on à broom handle or long extension. I got a bahco, and a telescopic pole that went out to about 8 feet for about £25 all in. Sliced through the neighbours tree where it over hung the boundary up above the shed very easily. My experience of bahco had always been decent, but I don't doubt a silky would stay sharp longer. If it's just a little job or occasional use bahco will earn it's price ok.
  11. That's my understanding, the worker wasps die off, the old queen and nest dies off but a batch of new queens head off at the end of the summer, hibernate over winter and start a new nest in the spring if they can. Not quite sure where the boys come into the cycle exactly. As you say they are docile and don't seem any more awake if they've been in the house for days now hours (I've had a few fly ontop of the kitchen cupboard and emerge a few days later) I have young kids though and don't want one standing on a wasp on the floor and being stung. Although summertime somebody stood on one last winter without noticing... The wasp must have been very sleepy to not sting as it was squished.
  12. Don't mind the spiders, shield bugs, wood lice by the bucket load or the occasional ear wig. I do object to the wasps. Not had bats although I've seen them flying about, have found a couple of mouse nests
  13. Probably more likely 16" logs. It's not an agreed definition but a lot go on 3 face cord makes a cord, so 16" logs. Plus that'll for l fit in any us stove but bigger than 18" would be too long for many. $700 per cord is well over double what many are used to paying over there, but just as here, gas, electricity and oil is up, wood is following
  14. Use of hydrocarbons only seems to be mentioned in 2 posts if you count your own Andy. I always thought most/all kiln setups used wood and the RHI payments were very valuable.
  15. I didn't ask why producers kiln dry, I get space, throughput of material and even rhi are compelling. I asked why we need it. We bring the consumer and referring to how a lot of marketing from stove manufacturers, the wider industry and of course producers using kilns push kiln dried as essential. I'm not grinding any axe for any producers btw, just musing as a consumer. The title was meant to suggest that if hotter/drier/sunnier weather becomes more reliable then perhaps quality air dried logs become more reliably produced and bought. That's straightforward for me in the South doing my own anyway, all my logs dry at least 2 summers some 3.
  16. Solar kiln will work in Scotland. A few years ago I few guys on hearth.com made solar kilns and a fit up in Canada, or a very cold bit of birth America, was getting green hardwood logs down to 12% in 2-3 months. He really perfected his set up.
  17. Try re reading my post Andy. I have a meter and the oak will be 2 years seasoned!
  18. Sat here trying to do nothing and trying to stop the kids getting hot and grumpy. I had a thought and looked it up. 40C and 30-40 RHI weather, wood equilibrium moisture content is about 7-8%. Why do we need kiln dried logs again? 😂 Seriously though, how dry will my oak logs, seasoning since November/December 2020, be by October if this summer carries on? I might have to try and find my cheap moisture meter.
  19. Oops, typing from my phone was terrible, but I think you got the gist. Yes I agree solar is a good thing, buta shame it's cost means it's only available to those with a big whack of cash to hand. True they could both be done, if you have even more money. I can't deny that wood is only free with considerable on going effort. With small stoves as I have I work on 5 hours per cube to scrounge, cut, split and stack and tidy ignores the considerable effort to collect from wood pile, set and feed the fire, and clean the ashes. It's real work! I enjoy the saw and axe, the time in the garden and the exercise. When I no longer do, I doubt I'll do 12+15 cube Year any longer! Now....I need a wood fired house sized CHP system, to generate lecy, hot water and space heating, and a way to distil premium unleaded from wood.... Maybe producing saleable charcoal as a by product.... Any ideas? 😂
  20. Installing a large, or could of, wood stove, voting a chainsaw, PPE, axe, hatchet and maul and getting busy making friends with local tree surgeons will pay back much more quickly. This winter alone could well cover what I spent, although that was 6-7 years ago and prices are up on stoves, saws and axes too, but yep, I'm glad I've 2-3 years worth of wood in the neck garden. Even my wife is complaining less that ' all you do is split wood' 🤣
  21. And don't intend to move for the lifetime of the panels (per let's say 10+ years). As the upfront are still massive.
  22. Those scrounging wood have been busier and there seem to be more doing it, I hope that translates to more demand for bought wood too. Gas and electricity price rises expected too be very large again when the October rise comes. I worked out people having come off deals and onto the massively increased cap will be seeing a tripling of costs in a12 month period. Heating oil I don't know exactly but assume is well up too. If I was supplying wood I think my price would be set considerately higher than last year, double maybe.
  23. Don't be down on softwood, beggars can't choose, it's fine, it has advantages such as it'll dry very fast, lights easily and burns hot. Plus it'll start a relationship with a tree guy, they may then give you hard wood next time. You've got to build they relationship by being very very good for them. My 35 cube pile is over 2/3rds oak, but I take Conifer for all those reasons....I actually have too much oak right now. Grenades.. hahahaha. Useless. Please post a photo when you nail your first log to your block with it. Muddy has a lot of good advice, follow that and tweak as you learn what works. I always go to the pile with 2 or 3 axes is different sizes (from a team of 5 or 6). And split what I can with lighter axes and on the ground. Moving to the block and moving to a heavier axe or maul for the tougher rounds. Toughness is rarely proportional to size, a 3 or 4' diameter oak round from the trunk away from a union will be easy to split on the ground and with a small axe ... Just don't try to halve it, learn other techniques. A 8" round with knots or a branch Union, or even straight grained but from certain trees will need the maul and a block, or may need the saw. There's lots to learn and you seem keen so I think you'll learn it, but before you've struggled a bit, you'll not understand some of the questions you should ask let alone follow the answers. That's all I mean by over thinking it. It's good to think it through, but recognise some of your learning will come with,/from the frustration that results from the uneducated struggle! Part of the journey. I hand split 12-15 cube a year. I've done most of this year's wood since start of April (6 tipper loads, 2 of Conifer, 4 oak, came in the first week of April). I think I'm moderately good at my process now. First year I burnt I struggled for longer to split about 6 cube but that taught me what I needed to learn, and then places like here and YouTube answered my questions. I don't touch wedges anymore... Horrible horrible hateful things. YMMV.


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