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Mr. Ed

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  1. Mr. Ed

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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
  16. Thanks K - sounds sounds very similar to our project: about a 1200 square foot house, most of which is an old stone farmhouse with a badly built extension. We're going to do away with the old extension and do a new timber frame one (with our own timber d.v.) which would bring the footage up to 1500 or so. I'd been hoping to get away with a smaller unit than yours but will take advice. I do wonder if I'm committing myself to a life sentence . . . Also I'm going to have to travel to England quite a bit for work, when travel starts happening again, and I don't know how happy herself will be about the prospect - we have calor gas here as well, so maybe we could have a little on-demand hot water boiler as well for the summer? I'm just back from the shops 100 Eur poorer thanks to chainsaw fuel, bar oil and a couple of new chains . . . Honestly now (for I've read conflicting accounts) how often do you load it?
  17. Now THAT is the voice of experience, though it has the drawback of opening up more obsessive routes of research in re GSHP. Would you say it's the faff-factor that's your main motivation in this? I can see that if you work with wood all day long it's not going to cheer you up to have to fill a boiler every morning.
  18. Yes as much as possible but I don’t think we’d ever reach passive house sort of levels. We’d still need hot water of course.
  19. Aha! Thanks for the edit Marcus. Might be a key piece of info.
  20. Thank you for this clear recommendation. There’s a distributor here in Ireland, which is good, and Atmos’ own website is reassuring. No fancy electronics to tell you when you next need to load and so on? Maybe not a bad thing if so. Do I assume you load morning and evening in the winter? And every few days in the summer? Many thanks again: this was just the sort of info I was hoping to get. Ed
  21. Thanks Marcus! That does sound like a grant aided folly. Out of interest what was shite about the installation and the kit itself? And what was the cost of this unsatisfactory installation? Ed
  22. Hi all We’re building up to a biggish renovation project of our house in the woods here in SW Ireland and I’m very keen to include a gasification boiler in the plans. However I’m finding it hard getting first hand accounts to compare the market, a market which is confused by a lack of transparency over rebadged boilers. My understanding so far has Fröling at the top of the tree, but I’m not sure if this is on account of superior control systems or higher design and buold quality. A company called Firebird (who are very close to us) market a similar looking boiler at a smallish fraction of the price of a Fröling - they are coy about it but don’t seem actually to manufacture it, in the way they manufacture their oil boilers. We’re only interested in using logs, and sadly there is no RHI bung available in the Republic. We’ve got a perfect adjacent outhouse to house both the boiler and the immediate use wood store. We’d love to hear from anyone who has first hand experience. Many thanks and best wishes to all the Arbsters out there. Mr and Mrs Ed.
  23. Well spotted. They now add that wire loop to the VF105 but if you mangle it by bringing the choker right on to the winch it ends up like a bit of bent wire! Ask me how I know. Without it you develop riding turns which are very bad.
  24. Sorry for bitty messages - just bragging that we got one of those Docma winches and I think it’s the dog’s elbows - very handy and you can use the tractor as a base if you want to. We’re never going to be pulling 60 foot trees up slopes with it but it’s very flexible. Ed
  25. Did someone say winch on tractor?

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