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  1. Steven P

    Google Ad Words

    I think I am in the wrong business then, £200+ a client and I bet it would only take a day a month total for each one, 4 weeks x 5 days x £200 x 52 weeks...I need more fingers.
  2. Steven P

    Fallen Trees

    Just wonder if the council sent him a bill for 10 council tax? Could get him into an interesting argument - to one department "no, I just built it, so owe no tax", to the other "Its been here for years, let ut stay there"
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    Fallen Trees

    It is a lot of years and the owner of the land has to avoid it all that time really. In the case of a wood - that is not built on - how would you prove adverse posession? I think thats where cases might fall down and the owner could simply say they visited the site, no one was there and so all is good (easier to prove if you have built something on the land or for example if you are taking a house when utiity bills can show posession and the owner would have to be aware from visiting that someone else was using the house) If I Wanted to own the wood I would phone the council up and make them an offer and take it from there.. no planning permission, and not much commercial value it wouldn't cost the earth.
  4. Steven P

    Fallen Trees

    AHPP - that was a thought I had when we moved in, to go for something like that. We get the benefits but none of the risks (OK apart from trees falling on my head). Squaredy - probably the best option, just I had a feeling that it would take an hour on the phone to organise something, that would take 20 minutes to fix.. plus for the access they might want us to be in so they can get access through the gardens (a half days holiday). Thanks
  5. Steven P

    Log Stores - How much?

    I saw Morrisons were doing one near us for £40.. would have enough space inside for about 3 days worth of logs....
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    Fallen Trees

    Thanks - I thought the answer would be to leave well alone and to get the boys to run about somewhere else until they fall over. I like the idea that somehow I could make them roll off the stump tree - not sure if it would work though but I could do that from a distance. A couple of pictures of the trees here and more about the woods below (not mine but it is where my kids play and I don't want them to get hurt) Picture 1 and 2 how the trees are, pictures 3 and 4 are the crack at the base of the stump. Since you're asking - the woodland (its small) is a council wood grown as a shield between our houses (4 houses on our road) and the cemetry and sewerge works behind them. Access to the wood is limited - a stream (complete with occasional sewerage overflow) on 2 sides, 3rd side is the back gardens and a small amount of road, wire fence and tall hedge that would need to be cut to get access, and side 4 is the cemetry where you need to climb over a decent distance of brambles - the only feasable access is through the back gardens. Effectivly then only our houses have access to the wood. It hasn't been maintained in 20 years (apparently). I mowed a path in them for the boys to run around. No public rights of way. I can alter the path just by walking a different way with the mower. I haven't touched any of the trees in the wood (not mine) but would in this case helping nature along a bit to make it safer for the boys
  7. Good afternoon, (hoping I have this in the right section) In the wood behind the house, where the boys play there is a path. Last winter 2 trees were blown down half way - and are now propped up by a third, dead tree (it is a 'stump' about 15' high). These trees span the path - enough space to still run under them though. So the tall stump has one tree on each side of it and is holding each up with a branch. The 2 fallen trees are proper big pines (about 2' diameter at the base, and quite long). The base of the stump tree is cracked and it is starting to fall over. Normally I wouldn't bother and let nature do its thing in a safe way... but the boys play in the woods. Chances are that if / when the trees all fall down there will be no one abouts but.... Recently the trees have moved - so I suspect they will fall soon. So my question is... is there a safe way to make all these trees no longer be in the air? I can pop photos on later. I can access the base of the stump tree and its crack... but if I cut through there the tree above could come straight down. If I cut through the fallen trees near the base, they might move in unexpected ways. It could be possible to put a rope around a tree and try pulling them - but I'm not sure how much force I would need for that. Third option is to let that path over grow and cut though the weeds and let the boys run another way... but I would prefer the trees to be on the ground. Thanks in advance. and I suspect the answer is going to be a combination of let a professional have a look and leave it well alone myself
  8. I used to love that game, but they stopped phoning me, how long can I keep them talking for, never got to 10 minutes though
  9. So trees are brilliant for the environment, - havens for wildlife, insects, shelter, nests, give out oxygen, take in carbon dioxide , sort of carbon neutral for building (better than concrete) and burning - a big list. Plant trees in the city centre, or along main roads and they suck in a lot of bad stuff leaving the air cleaner... where does all the bad stuff go to? Is it locked into the wood (so if I burn it later it is released into the atmosphere again) does it get converted to other things? Does it go through the tree and come out into the soil? Thanks if anyone has any ideas
  10. Steven P

    Firewood general

    Prices.. I always compare price to how much heat I'd expect to a bag of coal. If coal is cheaper for the heat then I leave the wood. However you do have to pay for someone to process the wood for you, the more processed it is when you receive it, the higher the price - get it straight of the back of a van in randon species, you store and split it is the cheapest Kiln dried / seasoned only makes a difference really for the seller - kiln dried and they can process more in a year in a smaller area. Seasoned and you need a large area to store the wood as it dries for a couple of years. Otherwise exactly the same. Certificates will add a cost. Storage - keep the rain off is key. Depends how much of your heating will be by the stove Iguess depends where you store the wood. If you have to mobe 1m3 everyu other week to your shed from warehouse then it might make more sense to store it in the shed. Mine is in the garage once dried - easy access
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    when is late too late ?

    Split some just then - OK it will be for spring 2019 when all the other wood has been burnt
  12. Steven P

    Firewood general

    Firewood can be a dark art sometimes, what you buy, how much, moisture content, wood type and so on. There are some good answers here. I'll add a bit more to your picture of firewood. Typically it is sold by volume though by weight would be easy, if you buy wood at 20% moisture content and 25% moisture content you might get the same volume but the second lot will be heavier,,. yet you could get the same amount of heat from both (if they were both then dried to the same moisture content) If you have 1kg of dry oak, it will have pretty much the same energy as 1kg of dry pine. However the pine will be a larger lump of wood - it is less dense. 2 pieces of wood with the same dimensions, the denser (typically hardwood) will burn for longer than the less dense (lighter softwood). So burning softwood you have to add more fuel more quickly than hardwood to get the same heat output. Less dense wood (softwoods) will burn quicker and release the heat quicker (in my experience) - so if you want a hot fire to heat a room quickly use softwoods, for a sustained heat use hardwoods. And for these reasons people prefer hardwoods over softwoods. But since hardwoods are prefered by many.. they are sold at a premium. There are tables online with the energy contained in each wood. Ash is good, if I could I would burn hawthorn all day. Some wood spit but in a stove this is OK, the sparks are contained (older tables might say which woods spit). You won't always get a supplier specifying what the wood is. Fruit trees are generally good Now when it comes to volume, there is no standard. Buy coal and you get 50kg sacks - all legally controlled weights - firewood has a random quantities - m3, ton / builders bag, load, trailer, weight and so on making direct comparison harder. It is often sold as 'hardwood' or 'softwood', but again since some woods are denser than others one batch you might get more heat than the next, (then there is a mixed bag - a bit of both). I'll let others tell you the benefits and pitfalls of buying kiln dried, seasoned, dried or otherwise. You might have to do a bit of trial and error with your wood supplier because there are so many variables -but you will get one who is honest and delivers a consistent product at the right volume and price. Gumtree / ebay splits into 2 camps those that make a living from the firewood - more expensive - and those that have a tree cut up in the garden to get rid off (cheaper). Often the cheaper will describe the wood as 'a tree' and no more details (assume then its softwood)
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    Chainsaws and warm/hot sheds??

    I might be getting this a bit wrong, but what is there to stop any pressure build up escaping through the carb? Trying to remember but carb has a pipe into the fuel, a diaphragm pump thing which should allow pressure to pass and then a pipe into the air intake to the cylinder - nothing to block that route is there? Sothen can't you just leave te fuel caps as they are and reduce the risk of accidental spillage - either in the shed or in the van?
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    New laws on woodburners

    I'm reading this and trying to think of the incentive behind the idea. I reckon that they are picking on wood burning stoves because that is what is being installed these days - not open fires. If city centre flats were being fitted with open fires then the legislation would include them. Now here is a thought for the deeply cynical. If you can get those in the cities to only use kiln dried logs.. sold at a premium.. then the tax revenues will increase. You cannot tax a ton of wood that has no financial value (ie the free stuff).. but you can if it is sold as dry hard wood. Now you could take this a step further and say that kiln dried hardwood is a premium product, a luxury perhaps - especially since we all know that air drying overtime can get the same results ... no tax breaks for luxuries are there?
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    New laws on woodburners

    I'm reading this and trying to think of the incentive behind the idea. I reckon that its wood burning stoves because few people'in the cities' (in my mind high density housing - flats and so on) would be opening up a fire place and just having an open fire - they will be putting in a stove. So my thought is that wood burning stoves get hit because they are whats installed when the numbers of fireplaces increases 'in the cities'. Dry wood - wet wood..yeah, I would keep my wood supply, and a bucket of 'kiln dried' wood by the fire just in case... and burn my usual wood. 'I'm not obsessed - if electricity was cheaper than logs / coal then thats what I would do (and reclaim my garden from the log piles). And as for armies of wood goblins stripping the forests bare.. probably not going to happen - we need the luxury of space to store wood to burn, and more space to chop and split it - how many flats, apartments or maisonettes in the cities will have that space free?


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