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  1. Give blood and they tell you. Or used to anyway.
  2. O rh D negative + E only No idea what it means but very rare apparently
  3. That's correct. The inlet's already been built in to the external wall and will be ducted across the floor.
  4. Thanks for that. Looks like a very viable option should they consider wood only, which is what I've been trying to persuade them to do anyway!
  5. It does indeed seem to be the only way which will allow society to continue*with the sort of lifestyle which it desires. * - long term that is, even shale gas would run out sometime.
  6. I believe a bigger issue with tidal is that you have slack water on average four times per day. So while tides may be constant, it would take a series of them all along an area of coastline to provide anything approaching a practical supply.
  7. We are surrounded by never ending supplies of energy, energy which will never fail for as long as the sun shines. Are we really collectively so gormless that instead of using it, in some form or another, that we have to wring every last finite resource out of the earth instead? A requirement for fracking suggests that the answer is yes.
  8. Thanks for that. It's for a family member so I've just been relaying the info from here on to them. Finding a decent double-sided is turning out to be so difficult that they're even thinking of re-jigging the layout to allow them to fit a conventional stove. It's going in to a new build.
  9. I believe the importership has changed hands relatively recently. Maybe that's a factor, on top of Asian supply chain problems which are still ongoing.
  10. Thanks, probably be the small version for me which seems comparable to the x17. I'll check them out.
  11. I bought a Silky Ono a couple of weeks ago so I don't baulk at paying for quality. I'm looking at something two till two and a half feet long, are either of those in that size range?
  12. Well actually, I've had both the Fiskars for well in to double figures years now and was also curious to see if anyone had as positive experiences with anything else that would be worth looking at. Any new kids on the block so to speak. So far it would appear that Fiskars is still the way to go.
  13. Lambing due to start very soon so that's me in to my annual 5-6wk lockdown. But thanks for the kind offer.
  14. Knives and Tools quote the 17 at 60cm and the 21 at 70cm.
  15. No it's a fair point, the x10 could do more if it was heavier so you end up sometimes having to swing it two handed to split something bigger. If there was a bit more weight you could grip it up closer to the head with one hand and it would still split.
  16. Have had Fiskars x10 and x27 for some years now and predictably I can't fault them. However, getting to the stage in life where I'd prefer not to be swinging the x27 when it's not necessary so am considering going for something between the two. X25 I think is a bit too close to the 27, although if anything happened the 27 I'd probably replace it with a 25 as you seldom need all the splitting power of the 27 anyway. So I'm looking at either x17 or x21. Anybody own or used both to judge their splitting ability vs either the 10 below it or 27 above it. Or indeed, is there something else different I should be looking at for smaller/easier splitting work? Thanks.
  17. I'd worry about durability, there's a lot of shocks going through the drive train there. How do you find bearings and blades lasting? That aside it looks like something I'd have a job for.
  18. Actually I think that proves my point, that's not much of a list and even then MG is an existing brand which they purchased and outside of an arb forum I doubt that "Mitox" would qualify as a household name. Contrast that with how many Japanese brands had become proper household names by the late seventies. China may be building huge manufacturing facilities, but they are not building a folio of recognised global brands which people associate with quality and durability. Indeed the opposite, the general public still associate Chinese goods with crap, and don't realise that most of the good stuff that is made there is even made in China because it's sold by a global brand. Fifteen years ago we were told that we'd be driving large numbers of Chinese cars and riding Chinese motorcycles by now, and with the exception of Triumph, which has been very well marketed, we just aren't.
  19. I don't doubt that at all, the willingness of the modern day consumer to accept any old sh1te as long as it's cheap enough has definitely played in to the China success story.
  20. How many Chinese brands are household names?
  21. Respectfully, I think the comment was fair. Firstly, I don't think it's about engineering "per se", it's about mass production with precision and the only stuff that comes out of China fulfilling those requirements are global companies who open factories in China using chinese labour but running the facilities themselves. Fifteen or twenty years ago everyone was saying that by now China would have taken the place of Japan, Korea, and Taiwan as a manufacturing powerhouse but in reality they're no closer at all, not in terms of their own companies and products.
  22. That would most likely just be the same saw but with better marketing!
  23. A guy Stephen Hayes has some excellent videos on youtube. I found them more useful than any number of books or articles, well worth a look.
  24. Woodwarm Fireview double. Looks the ticket, not sure if they're still made but there's still some for sale.
  25. Aye, but it's hard to beat someone saying, "i've had ******** for so many years and it's done whatever". Not for me, daughter and son-in-law are building atm and we think a good twin-sided would do a good job in a particular place.

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