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  1. pancakedan

    Hardest Wood to Split

    Splitting some old London Plane yesterday, it nearly broke me!
  2. Stumbled across this Jotul guide today actively telling log burner owners to only burn hardwood and never burn pine. I know a lot of you struggle to convince customers to burn softwood, but to have the "hardwood only mentality" being enforced by a major stove producer is a bit of a shock. Extract from the guide: Trust in Hardwoods Different woods burn in different ways and hardwoods have proven to be among the best sources of heat for any wood burning stove. Hardwoods provide a dense wood structure when properly seasoned, and burn for much longer than the loose structure of soft woods such as pine and spruce. Oak and Elm are great Hardwoods, but can be difficult to burn within the unit as their density structure is sometimes too tight to burn. Some of the best choices include; Crab Apple, Hornbeam, Ash, Beech, and Hawthorn. These woods have proven over time to burn the best without too tight of an interior structure. Some new wood stove owners attempt to burn pine as the wood is cheap, but Pine should always be avoided as the wood builds up harmful deposits within the flue. Overtime, the use has been known to cause fires. The wood is ideal for outdoor fires only as there is no risk of the harmful buildup in the great outdoors. Full guide can be found here: https://jotul.com/uk/guides/how-to-buy-the-right-logs-for-your-wood-burning-stove
  3. pancakedan

    Regulations are coming

    I can’t see how the selling of wood under 20% could ever be regulated. I think what is required is more education on how to properly use a stove. As someone that doesn’t work within the industry but enjoys the whole process of burning wood, I made sure that I knew how to use my stoves correctly. I process my own wood and keep myself two years ahead but I know most people buy as and when required. The other issue is choking down the stove and not burning efficiently. I think Norway are having similar issues with pollution from burners and they’re going down the re education route.
  4. pancakedan

    Regulations are coming

    The consultation has started and the call for evidence is open for the domestic burning of coals, solid fuels and wet wood. The survey closes on the 27th Feb and can be found here https://consult.defra.gov.uk/airquality/domestic-burning-of-wood-and-coal/
  5. pancakedan

    Unprocessed Firewood Essex

    Okay thanks, didn’t think they sold round timber (just logs). I’ll ask for a price.
  6. pancakedan

    Unprocessed Firewood Essex

    Hi all, Anyone in the Essex area (near Maldon) that sells unprocessed green firewood in manageable lengths. I’m looking for about 12-15 tons a year (not all at once)? Thanks
  7. pancakedan

    Best way to light a woodburner with down draft?

    A candle or hairdryer should work, have you also tried opening a window when lighting the stove?

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