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Found 10 results

  1. openspaceman

    enhanced solar drying

    I've been doing small experiments with air drying, where essentially the sun is heating air and increasing its capacity to absorb moisture, and in free air (i.e. log standing by itself) and seeing oak dry from green to 20% mc wwb in 44 days. So as heat speeds drying up and solar heat has no fuel cost I started looking at small scale solar drying. I found just using cheap corrugated acrylic sheeting I could make a simple greenhouse where in the last 2 days the temperature has stayed above 40C for much of the day in sunshine with relative humidity falling to 24%. This is consistently more than 10C hotter than outside in the sun. RH is about the same because there is free air flowing and out. Last week I was employed dragging tops and stuffing an ancient chipper on a commercial refurbishment where the previous tenants had allowed the Leylandii and mixed broadleaved hedges run away. I noticed a pair of old cycle racks had been removed and set aside. I mentioned the possibilities of these being the beginnings of a solar log drying kiln for the boss's son, who runs a log round with about 40 customers in his college holiday. Boss being a petrolhead was not at all interested. I made an enquiry and they were available for sale (these things new cost about £5k erected) I sent a photo to the son and explained my thinking and he was interested. At this point father and son took over and bought the shelters. Now I'm not sure if they are going to implement the idea but I estimate placed side by side and south facing they will intercept 18kW(t) in sunshine. This is enough theoretically to evaporate nearly 30kg of water an hour if the air circulation is good enough. With the shelters side by side and south facing and a roofed area behind and the back being a curtain side from a lorry he should be able to stock about 20m^3 of split logs in stillages. I think wit a few low powered circulation fans and a differential thermostatic switch only running them when inside temperature is 10C above outside and a humidistat controlling a vent fan he should get good drying. If I am kept in the loop I will update progress.
  2. Bought a tractor mounted log splitter (don't know what make) and it didn't come with the right hoses to connect the valve up (Gresen 550) so I jerry rigged it into my loader valve block and it works fine, although a nuisance to have to walk round to the loader valves each time to split a log. Ordered the necessary hoses and adaptors which arrived yesterday but can't get it to work. I think the issue is that the valve is possibly for a single acting cylinder, despite having two outlet ports, because said ports are connected together internally (green arrow) so moving the lever in either direction causes fluid flow from both outlets (with no load on them, fluid flows out of them depending on valve position, i.e. lever up, top outlet, lever down, bottom outlet, lever neutral, no flow - you should see my barn floor!). Have I just been stiffed and given any old valve that he had lying around or is there a way to block this port? It's not threaded but I could tap a metal rod into it
  3. Clear some Gray Alders pass on forest road what I cone make, this alders I going to use on firewood.. [ame] [/ame]
  4. bikewoo

    Willow log baskets

    Hi. I have been looking for a good rectangular log basket and wondered if anyone is a weaver or knows of any? Thanks
  5. Paddyoro

    Homemade firewood deck

    Has anyone ever made a heavy duty firewood deck with chains? Or any forsale?
  6. Hi all Looking for a splitter up to about £2k I've seen a few second hand verticals on a trailer where you split straight n the floor. Seems a bit odd bending over all the time and would be a strain on your back. Vertical with a table seems good but big rings may struggle to get them on the table as theyre heavy etc. I thn I fancy a woodline multipla 10t with a spare 4 way head. That way I can do any big rings in half or quarter on the floor then put it n horizontal mode and split down all the smaller stuff at a sensible working height. Anyone got any feedback n the multipla? How does it compare to the wl bull special etc at the same tonnage? Has anyone got the pto version? I was thinking of getting e Honda engine version but would the pto version be much quicker say on an old tractor like a major/ dexta? Look forward to some informed replies.... Also, any good alternatives?
  7. So I do a fair bit of tree work so I am coming across plenty of nice pieces of wood that will often just get cut up for fire wood. I am looking into converting a 40ft shipping container into acomidataion/storage. I will insulate and line the whole inside with ply wood but I like the idea of making work tops, shelves, windows, doors and frames from wood that is a little more special, that wouldn't get painted. I first spotted these mills and love the look of how strait forward they and and also seem reasonably cost. (Alaskan 24" saw mill) ALASKAN PORTABLE 24" CHAINSAW SAW MILL LOGGING SAWMILL | eBay The currently only have two husqvarna 346xp saws, very nice saws for when doing tree work but I am unsure how suited they would be for milling. Also, this mill is 24", would that be adjustable as I wouldn't want to put a bar that big on a 346? I don't have any experiences with milling so I am putting this idea out for constructive criticism. Thanks Ian
  8. Hello everyone, I'm new here, am hoping someone can help me out; I'm currently fighting an oversized and weed infested allotment plot along with the help of my brother, it's currently made up of too wide raised beds and grass paths but this autumn/winter we're hoping to make it into a more mangable and better yielding food plot by utilising some permaculture techniques; namely hugelkultur raised beds combined with some 'back to eden' style wood mulch paths and bed covers. (If anyone is curious to read up head over to the permies website, lots of interesting stuff over there). ...Hence the request for logs and woodchip, not fussed if the chips are not uniform, partially composted and full of leaves...in fact this would probably be ideal, looking for a mix of soft hard wood logs approx up to 10ft long no more than 10inch in diameter (for the sake of not killing myself whilst lifting them) and in any state of decay, (as long as they hold together whilst being moved) along with various pruned branches/brush material to layer things up. I have a problem in that i don't have a vehcle to pickup material so would require delivery to Bolton, our plot is on the allotment next to Haslam Park, if anyone can help with the above criteria feel free to chuck me a quote of suitable recompense for what you can offer. Cheers! Baz
  9. Anyone know of anywhere in the UK that sells log skidding cones? (these are plastic/steel cones which go over the front of the log when it is being dragged, and make it easier to pull over obstacles etc). I am aware of them in the USA/Canada, but they are too difficult to import.
  10. jav786

    Sycamore wood anyone?

    Hello, I have 100+ year old Sycamore tree (which has been felled) in my back garden. If anyone is interested please get in contact. I'm told it's approximately 15 tonnes. I'm not a tree expert but feel free to ask questions and i will do my best to answer and appolgies in advance if i have posted this in the wrong section of the forum. Location: Keighley, West Yorkshire £ not sure what it's worth TBH

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