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Not really a hobby, per sae, more a necessary chore.

Firewood. I burn a lot.

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I already have maybe 6 tonnes already cut and split, this is all rhodedendrum cleared from the garden.

However, I like to have pine in as well (open fires so advantage using hardwood for me, most of the heat goes up the chimney!) so a quick chat with the local forestry office procured an additional 3 tonnes of 3m lengths of larch. "There's maybe 5 tonnes there" the guy says, "take what you want".

So, trailer hooked up and checked.IMG_20201006_113124.thumb.jpg.dad42918aa2da7d350ad5c5ed619633b.jpg

First load collected, however now for the tricky but. I have to reverse down here.........

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Not much room for error either:

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And an interesting bend at the bottom:

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But the first load is stacked!IMG_20201006_113235.thumb.jpg.5f929bf5dbbe23f4bebe5002a6304318.jpg

There's maybe a tonne and half in there, maybe a touch more (I halved it all before stacking, a lot of that is at least two men handling, some bits 3 man!). Lucky I have two willing helpers :laugh:

And now back again to get the second load. Unfortunately we have taken the "light" stuff, so heavy lifting will have to begin.

Phil

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Second load back. Definitely much heavier load this time, but better loaded (first load I put at the front which gave me too much hitch weight, even though I was within the trailer capability).

Actually had to go into first gear to get up my drive (which is steep to be fair).

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Just got to unload, cut and stack it all now!

Phil

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Damn right it's a lot of wood, used quarter of a tank today, it's a 50 mile round trip to Aberfoyle, and the fuel usage was mostly on the full runs! Equates to 50 miles costing £30 in diesel.

My 2 willing helpers also thought it was a lot of wood :whistling:

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This load required splitting on the trailer where possible:

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The finished stack:

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And a few rounds cut down, I shall split these down shortly (judged to be too big for SWMBO to move by herself, so we decided to cut and split them straight away).

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Truck never skipped a beat all day, just me that is a bit knackered now lol.

Phil

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Final splitting done. Glad I got this axe now, the old one is smaller and would have required substantial effort on this, still a bit wet.

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And just for the hell of it, a video of the final two logs. Excuse the miss on the second last hit lol.

 

Phil

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Man of your calibre shouldn't be chopping wood, when such excellent machines as these have been designed

 

 

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On 10/6/2020 at 7:31 PM, JohnD said:

Man of your calibre shouldn't be chopping wood, when such excellent machines as these have been designed

 

 

I was eagerly anticipating severed limbs (or at least digits) and copious blood. Instead, all these machines were operated by phenomenally lucky people.

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5 hours ago, PeterC said:

Burning pine  will soon clog a chimney with layers of ash embedded in condensed resin.

Peter

Your right there, it should stand for at least a year and even then it isn't the best thing to burning, 

RR

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5 hours ago, PaulAA said:

I was eagerly anticipating severed limbs (or at least digits) and copious blood. Instead, all these machines were operated by phenomenally lucky people.

Hello All

             I think I take risks but am a complete Amateur compared to these people.

I really like the backless slippers in the second one!

Roger

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8 hours ago, PeterC said:

Burning pine  will soon clog a chimney with layers of ash embedded in condensed resin.

Peter

Aye, I also have the chimney swept annually by an external company, along with regular sweepings by myself (the external company satisfies insurance requirements).

2 hours ago, RedRooster said:

Your right there, it should stand for at least a year and even then it isn't the best thing to burning, 

I agree that hardwood is better, however this also depends on how you burn it. I have open fires, where roughly 2/3's of the heat goes up the chimney. In my area, hardwood is roughly £80 per tonne (builders bag full). I have just collected over 4 tonnes of larch for £75. The extra heat from hardwood does NOT justify the cost, and further hardwood is simply not sustainable in Scotland currently.

Phil

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I tried a powder that was claimed to be used in coal-fired power stations to reduce flu encrustation. Looked like iron filings. No idea if it worked but as the flames looked unchanged I lost interest, along with its name.

Peter

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13 hours ago, PeterC said:

I tried a powder that was claimed to be used in coal-fired power stations to reduce flu encrustation. Looked like iron filings. No idea if it worked but as the flames looked unchanged I lost interest, along with its name.

Peter

Never thought to see if you got those for chimneys tbh, I do use similar onboard on Exhaust Gas Economisers and Auxiliary Boilers (Both of which have a bad habit of choking up over time). That stuff works though, doesn't negate having to water wash the tubes every 6 months, however it does speed the process up dramatically as washing takes far less time to do. That's a nasty green powder though, and doesn't need to be burned (though the Boiler takes a slightly different form that does react with flame), does some funky stuff to your skin if you are not careful!

Phil

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