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Due to the devastation that Ash Dieback and Phytophthora Ramorum is causing to the forests and hedgerows in the UK/Ireland DARD & DAFM have launched this tree check smartphone app. 

Denmark had an outbreak of Ash Dieback in 2012 and it has wiped out 90% of their Ash!

https://www.treecheck.net

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Which way up?

The traditional tepee method to start your fire in your burner is to use papers/firelighters, kindling, small section pieces of wood and then light. Once established and you have a good bed of hot glowing embers refuel with a larger billet of wood. 

There is another method which is popular in Scandinavia and Germany, the 'upside down fire' which creates less emissions as it gets up to temperature very quickly.
The heat of the burning newspaper, reflected against the baffle plate in the top of the stove, radiates its heat to the kindling below which ignites and burns even hotter and then does the same thing to the firewood on the bottom. The fire from the top warms the air in the flue and creates a more efficient current of air (draw).

. Minimal start-up smoke = less emissions.

. No chance that the fire will collapse and smother itself.

. No need to open the loading door to add larger pieces once the kindling fire is established = less management. 

Even if you don't continue to use this method it is worth doing the once to actually see it work, as it just seems wrong!

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Keeping the parishioners at Hillsborough Parish Church warm with a 3 Ton delivery of Homra / brites wood pellets.

http://www.homralogs.com/premium-wood-pellets.html
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Enter our Christmas competition to WIN a £100 voucher for The Plough Inn Hillsborough. To enter is simple, LIKE & SHARE Homra's Facebook post and LIKE Homra's Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/homralogs/photos/a.349250195094315.89702.149045595114777/898588136827182

Competition closes 14th of December and the winner will be selected at random. GOOD LUCK!
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An amusing Danish animation. Wood really is brilliant!

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Is ash still fit for a king and queen in the 21st century?

There is an old English firewood poem which was written in the 1930's by Celia Congreve which people seem to quote to me on a regular basis stating ash as the best hardwood species. This poem was relevant when talking about open fires but can be mostly discounted for the wood burning stove.

Ash is a good firewood but no more than that. It has the singular advantage of having a low moisture content when freshly felled. So was always a useful timber for people who had not prepared their firewood well in advance for their open fire.
There has been research which has ranked ash as the No. 1 firewood for people burning their wood green - as if that is ever a good thing! But it fell to No. 8 for people burning properly seasoned wood. Just remember if it is a piece of DRY ash, oak, beech, sycamore, hornbeam or chestnut..... It is a superb producer of heat, not because its a certain species of hardwood but because it is dry wood.

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1000 kg or 960 kg pallet price?!?

Be aware not all manufacturers of wood pellets supply 1 ton per pallet!
Verdo 960 kg, Wood Lets 980 kg, Homra/brites 1000 kg

http://www.homralogs.com/premium-wood-pellets.html
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How much water does wood contain?

A graphic photograph showing the amount of water contained in a m3 of fresh beech and beech dried to MC <15% (each bucket 14 litres). All this water has to be converted from a liquid state into a gas (steam) before energy can be created for your home.

Latent heat - to increase liquid water temperature by 1ºC will use 1 unit of heat energy. If we want to melt ice to form the same body of water will take 80 of the same units of energy and the temperature would still be 0ºC - this is "latent" heat - the heat energy used to change the state of matter, but not its temperature.
To turn the water into steam takes 540 units (latent) heat energy, this is what has to happen within your stove!! What a waste of wood fuel as approx 50% of the energy from a log is from igniting the volatiles (smoke/gas) as apposed to the heat generated from the actual embers burning. This energy is lost when burning higher moisture firewood. This is a simplified explanation.
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Brites wood pellets have arrived at Homra Logs, http://www.homralogs.com/premium-wood-pellets.html. If your central heating boiler is old and inefficient and you are looking at replacing it, its seriously worth considering a wood pellet system. Attractive installation grants of up to £2500 available. http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/sm/renewable-heat-premium-payment-rhpp

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This is what's separated from very dry beech wood when its put through a trommel, lots of dust, bark and chips. I produce 40 Tons per year! The smell of this wood is fabulous, no fusty odour with this firewood when its stacked in your home. 
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