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    What does it smell like? Douglas seems to have a very characteristic citrussy smell. Even a bit marmaladey, like a very old dry Riesling I once drank in fact - burnt marmalade, in fact but I was ver ver drunk at the time of course
  2. And if you stack em two high you get back to my quarter figure. Best of all you do get this ghostly army of Chinese warrior statues protecting your soul. At Bealtaine they come to life and patrol the fences.
  3. Ace tip Paul! I hadn’t thought of that geometry. Still only gets rid of 1/4 of ‘em though. Many thanks.
  4. I want to buy a half dozen iBC cages for firewood, but the only local ones I can find still have the plastic tank inserts. I assume they’re not too difficult to extract but what would I do with them afterwards? I can see myself haunted by their ghostly presences for decades, like rather static great white whales.
  5. Mr and Mrs Oakley having a genteel waltz.
  6. I did not know that. I cut one of them in four today and moved it down to the yard.
  7. I’m a sailing boat nut and it’s big for spars. That and something called Columbian pine? Howard Hughes’ bizarrely big plane was known as the Spruce Goose wasn’t it? Whoops - someone got there before me.
  8. Mosquitoes apparently used balsa (in a sandwich construction with birch ply for the skin), ash off structural bits, and Douglas for stringers and other bits, and Sitka for the wing spar.
  9. This sounds very exotic! A 4 metre beam for the vessel and a live, non round axle?
  10. Foregive my ignorance on this matter, but is that more wasteful than a combi since unused heated water just cools to waste? Why don't I always have the hot water on a combi - which can be situated at the end of the house where all the kitchen and bathroom stuff is? The cost for heating must be much higher than for the odd bath. Quicker hot supply too - the boiler is going to be some distance - something like 70 metres I think, from there. That way we wouldn't have to run the wood boiler at all during the warmer months.
  11. I'm getting intimidated by the likely costs of a good GSHP installation, and by being committed to significant electricity bills. We have bulk Calor here already, and now we've stopped the leak (an unknown-of spur previously leading to the neighbour's house) which had been left with the tap open, leaking gas into the woods somewhere, the bills are likelier to be much less scary. Is it a thing to have the log boiler system with a combi for backup? This would help with the problem of me travelling (anyone remember that?) for work, or if we had guests here while we were away who might not fancy the daily hewing.
  12. Cool! Very thorough. Will digest. Great log store.
  13. Hi Works Many thanks for this. Is it too personal to ask what order of money the GSHP installation set you back, and whether you use a deep or shallow ground source? Best Ed
  14. Thanks for this interesting account. I take it that’s 15-20 cubes of loose packed logs? Softwood/hardwood?
  15. Thanks everyone for these really useful pointers. I’m going to try and do some sums now - based on a thinning we have coming up which will produce some 60 tons of spruce and sycamore and what we would get for that (not a lot) compared with what we pay for calor gas (quite a lot) versus the cost of heat pumps. I notice no one’s biggjng up air heat pumps (if that’s what they’re called - the things that look like air conditioners.) back with you soon Ed


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