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  1. SbTVF

    Wood chip wanted

    Make sure you turn the woodchip piles or mix it with manure until its well rotted or you'll just be pulling nitrogen out of the soil instead of adding to it.
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    When is a cubic metre not a cubic metre?

    Don't care what people say, log bags don't stretch that much. You sell it by the volume based on the measurements as if it was a solid box and accept it or sell it in a solid box measurement
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    Larger processor for making smaller logs?

    You could set the splitta up so the outfeed went into your farmi conveyor and saved you the cost of second conveyor. With 2 workers you'd get through a fair amount in a day! There are 2 on ebay currently if you weren't already aware?
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    Larger processor for making smaller logs?

    10-14" is ideal going through an 8 way on a tajfun 400. Any bigger and you're back to Resplitting. Still produce plenty at that diameter even so. Needs to be on a 12/16 way wedge after that size in my opinion so you're in tajfun 480 territory then. The Uniforest titan is in the same price bracket but circular saw, will take a 12 way wedge though at 16" capacity.
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    Netting logs

    Is it not just as simple as working out how many you could do yourself in an hour and dividing it by a fair hourly rate? Then if he's able to do more in the hour than you that's his choice.
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    New Oregon EXL Chain - game changer?

    Changed phone and lost the videos but still very happy with the newer chain. Definitely holds tension and sharpness better than the old stuff even though they're sharpened identically. I can get a full day's use out of one chain with only 1 tension up (as long as I don't do anything silly with a small log) and that's really all I can ask of them. Harder to see the difference on a standard saw though I feel.
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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    There's a very capable fabricator over at Stillington that we just found recently after he also fixed our LR discovery. Will pm you his number if you're interested?
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    Newbie Miller issues.

    Well I got it done. Worked much better after a sharpen with my granberg and only need the weight of my hand resting on the mill to keep it moving. That being said, bit oh boy could you tell when it was cutting through a knot, shook me to buggery! Pleased overall for my first try. Now the hard part... Getting my brother along to help lift them out!
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    Newbie Miller issues.

    Yeah, using plenty. And just to add all the beech I have is heavily spalted and probably past its best so not expecting it to be overly hard.
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    Drying Roundwood stacks before processing

    If I could store enough in sheds to get me past Christmas I'd consider it but my brother keeps putting sheep and other things in there!! When we get a specific sheep shed put up it might be a different story though. If it's about 20% when it goes in the kiln it only takes 2-3 days instead of 7! That's a huge increase in output. Customers are so so fussy in this area I wouldn't want to risk our logs not being sub 15%.
  11. SbTVF

    Drying Roundwood stacks before processing

    No, at least 5 years use out of them if not much longer. I'd definitely be storing far more if I could. You have to take it when it's offered too so you stay in the loop. We tend to have a load in almost every fortnight if we have the space. IBC'S are half the price here too. I hate them though. I spend far more time moving them and fixing them than I do filling them in sure.
  12. SbTVF

    Drying Roundwood stacks before processing

    Yes very much so, the money is set aside for it and just keeps rolling round into it for the most part. Apart from out of log season when I'm cutting away and having more deliveres but very little sold of course. There's thousands set aside in bags too and 100 IBC'S but it's the only way to keep up with the rush come autumn. The first one we bought is on the left stack. It's 2 years old and doesn't look a day older than the newest that arrived last week. I'm expecting 5 years at least from them. I've only been able to get hold of 4m wide stuff. All our roundwood is in 3m lengths anyway. Don't think extra overhang would be beneficial in the least.
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    Drying Roundwood stacks before processing

    I can get approx 250t on the left and 150t on the right. The right is currently chip wood for the boiler but we have got 100t+ of new storage area courtesy of the neighbour directly opposite our entrance so I'm hoping for an extra 100t of hardwood this year.
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    Drying Roundwood stacks before processing

    Yeah it's very much perpendicular to the prevailing wind. Thats centre grain while processing. The sub 6" diameter is lower in that moisture range obviously but I find keeping it out of the rain like that encourages the bark to dry out faster and flake off sooner particularly with sycamore which is the majority of that stack. The ease of rolling it up makes it worth doing if no rain is forecast for a while particularly in summer.
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    Drying Roundwood stacks before processing

    It is indeed. I'm struggling to get more than 6months ahead of delivery date before it's cut generally but at this time of year when it's not unseasonably warm its usually about 25-30%. Softwood is sub 20% even now. Most importantly though it's not getting rewet at all prior to processing. We kiln so it's not essential for it to be dry but it speeds things up dramatically and reduces risk of surface mould because of wetness where logs are touching. When I say it let's water through... That's only in really heavy rain, it runs off it in droplets most of the time. It chucked it down last night and those sheets are dry as a bone this morning. Only the odd patch of wet where the holding down logs are in contact with it. A bit like when water goes through a tent when you touch it in wet weather. I leave them off if there's a period of prolonged dry weather predicted


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