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Gav73

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  1. I have an old kinetic splitter that only comes out when I’ve forgotten how much I detest it. When it was new I loved it, it was very quick. But it also very quickly became a problem too. If the wood is gnarly in any way, the ram will soon get knackered, as will the rack and pinion. Mine went through 3 rams before I chucked it into the corner of a shed. All the bolts lose their thread because of the jolting and it’s a very uncomfortable working height. It’s also worth noting mine is lethal with a severe design flaw, it’s got two levers, one as a safety and the other for engaging the ram. The safety lever lives above the ram housing and is only small. It doesn’t take much to slip off and have your hand going where the ram is firing out of! Much better with a hydraulic, it will last longer, yes it will be a little slower, but you won’t be spending as much time on repairs, maintenance or down A&E
  2. One of my splitters will take a metre length and my preference is to split at that length, it’s quicker to split a large volume - think about how far the wedge needs to go into the wood before it splits, if it’s not too gnarly it will split within a few inches, this will be the same regardless of the length of the round. It’s then quicker to stack and it does dry better as there tends to be more air gaps. Once seasoned, I load them onto a rack and cut them in bundles to the required lengths. All round much quicker.
  3. I got one of these on the cheap a few months back. So far it’s chomped through 3 whole 8’ conifers and a load of dead ash brash. Takes anything up to 2” and goes through pretty rapid. Works for me as anything 2” and above goes in the stove anyway Got to be honest, it’s a lot better than I thought it would be!
  4. It was unbelievably loud when it roared over me, it was very low though. Got to agree it was very impressive
  5. I was lucky enough to see the Lancaster flanked by a hurricane and spitfire fly over every year as a kid. They were on their way to an airshow. Never forgot the sound and they looked amazing. Can’t remember for the life of me where they were going, but I remember it being a big thing as people would phone to say they’d seen them in other villages and they were on their way. Only other thing that got me in the same way was the Vulcan bomber when that did its farewell tour. I was stood at a petrol station as it roared over. Everyone stopped and looked up - amazing
  6. Leylandii burns great when it’s well seasoned!
  7. We moved away from oil and onto just wood fired central heating over 12 years ago - best decision ever! The stove paid for itself within a year against the price of the oil and the amount we went through trying to get the house just above freezing temperatures. And with all my firewood being almost free (just time, fuel for the chainsaws/splitters etc), 24 hour heat and hot water, no gas or oil bills - it’s a no brainer.
  8. I wouldn’t put anything on the sides, any rain that hits will soon evaporate off and the more airflow the better. Nice overhang on the roof either side, front and back will help keep most of the weather off
  9. It’s a Xl 4X4 D/C Tdci, that’s all I know.
  10. My 61 plate ranger was immaculate underneath when I got it at the end of last year, as was everything in the engine bay - but that’s what happens when you buy an ex fire service motor with 21k on the clock, has been kept inside and maintained to the max. But yes, the first thing I did was get it undersealed before it left the dealership
  11. Learn something new every day. I didn’t realise home bargains also sold milk, bread and butter, might have to start doing my weekly shop there
  12. It would be a lot of work and expensive for me to get in the car, drive to home bargains (other cheapo shops are also available) and spend money on firefighters when I have everything available to make them at home for nothing other than my time to put a shovel of sawdust into a bucket, and mix it into some melted wax. I’m not sure why you think it’s a lot of work? it seriously isn’t, it takes a couple of minutes to make 50 firelighters. It would probably cost me a fiver in fuel to get to and from home bargains with the current fuel prices and I would have used an hour of my time - when I take all that into account pack of 50p firelighters doesn’t sound cheap to me. Oh and I’d have an extra bucket of sawdust to dispose of too [emoji23]
  13. It’s not really any effort, I’m shovelling up the sawdust to dispose of it anyway and it’s taking up no more of my time that I would be using disposing of the sawdust - and it’s saving me the effort of having to go to home bargains [emoji23]
  14. Whenever I’m cutting I always try to save about a bucket of sawdust and chip. I use this for homemade firelighters, it doesn’t get rid of a vast amount of sawdust, but every little helps. To make the firelighters I just melt some candle wax, mix in the sawdust (the hot wax gets rid of the moisture in the sawdust in a cloud of steam) and then put the mixture into the cardboard inners of loo rolls (cut into three). Doesn’t take long to whip up a batch of 50, the kids seem to like making them and they are work brilliantly for lighting the stoves!

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