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Old 15-01-2017, 10:44 AM   #181
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whats everyones lighting methods? last few times i have had a fair amount of smoke? currently use scrunched up news paper balls, kindling lent against in a pyramid shape
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Old 15-01-2017, 11:08 AM   #182
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I always build the 'upside down fire' with larger logs on the bottom tapering to kindling and a little newspaper on top. Right now we have large amounts of birch logs and the dry bark is like firelighter, so a few piece of that lit with a match are enough to have a roaring fire in 5 mins!

Big advantage of this method is also that once you light it you can close the door and not have to open it again for 2 hours or so.

http://www.woodheat.org/top-down-steps.html
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Old 15-01-2017, 01:18 PM   #183
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whats everyones lighting methods? last few times i have had a fair amount of smoke? currently use scrunched up news paper balls, kindling lent against in a pyramid shape
Ours depends on the weather! If windy outside (we live on top of a hill!!) it'll light really easy but if no wind it takes a while. I put coal at bottom, lightly scrunched paper, kindling (try to lean a couple of longer bits from bottom front to top back to stop it collapsing and smothering it when paper burns) then a couple of small logs on top.
We've only had ours this Winter so still getting used to what burns well etc. One thing I will change is the cowl, as I said when windy it burns far to quickly. We also get the wind noise rushing through it. Going to change cowl for an anti updraught one to reduce the draw on it.
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Over the last few weeks I've been attacking a couple of recently felled trees that I've been given permission to take.




Having access to this wood finally justified me finally buying a petrol chainsaw, a Husqvarna 440..





I have also invested in some safety gear, gloves, chaps helmet with ear defenders and visor...





The LR Defender makes easy work of transporting it all..







But my wood stores are full so I need to find space to build some more as I can't turn down free wood. Ive had to start storing it in the greenhouse, but i'm fast running out of space with more wood to collect. Not sure where i'm going to grow this years tomato plants though!

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Well after having a bit of a smashing time in the dining room, this has happened..


Thinking of another wood burner, probably a Saltfire like in the living room

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Well after having a bit of a smashing time in the dining room, this has happened..


Thinking of another wood burner, probably a Saltfire like in the living room
Nice. Any update?


Ive had a morning of chopping up yet more wood, the rounds are horse chestnut (I think?) and the lengths are laurel. Not the best of firewoods but my saying rings true - 'the best firewood is free firewood' ...




My greenhouse is acting as an overflow wood store, and is drying the wood super fast, but with some of the rounds yet to cut i'm running out of space...




Ive also just bought some Husqvarna Functional 28 Class 3 chainsaw boots seeing as i'm doing a fair bit of ground work...


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Just had my new inset multifuel stove installed today - very happy with the result Can't wait to try it out.

Please ignore the crappy walls, halfway through stripping the wallpaper off before re-decorating, got to get rid of the awful paint colour on the walls .

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Nice. Any update?

We've decided to fire board it all, after having the chimney swept and temporarily shelve the second wood burner idea. Opting for a pair of French doors on to the patio first.


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Log burning season seems to be coming to a close

Used my new Makita Log Holder today, it works brilliantly, holding the logs in place. No more sliding the log along the saw horse after each cut..









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