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bodger

Two van loads of pallets.

I've managed to pick up two van loads of pallets for nothing today. They'll do very nicely thank you as firewood for the wood burning stoves.
How are your wood supplies progressing for this winter?

I've got a load of Lleylandi that we've cut down and logged but they are unlikely to be sufficiently seasoned  for this year. If we have to, we might have to try some of them but that, hopefully will be way into 2013.

I've got some willow and pine thats been under cover since the end of last year and that, plus the pallets will be the mainstay of our fuel for the winter. Here's hoping that we have a winter like the last one and not the one before.
Gareth

We have neither a wood burner or open fire place having gas central and water heating, but our friend Mikki has received many bags full of wood off cuts that I have produce so far this year, and we have been making lots of Horse and Donkey manure fuel bricks; I think that between the 3 of us, we have made over two hundred for her to date, with plans for another 200-300 before winter sets in.

Mikki is a self employed gardener, and she has been lucky with jobs requiring felling and removing up rooted and storm damaged trees this year, and so her log store is pretty much full up with a wide variety of green timber. But it will take at least 12 months to season this wood ready for burning, so if things go to according to the current plan, manure fuel bricks will be her principle fuel this coming winter.
debbie

about 10 ton of a mix of oak, beech, birch, hazel but mostly ash all cut into 8 foot lengths and stored upright in the pole barn - August will see Simon cutting into lengths, splitting and storing in size order in the barn up by the house ready for use.  Other wood down but still laying.  That will be phase two when this lot is stored and will be for summer/autumn 2013.  This wood is our sole heating for the house and used as a cooking source on the wood burner too.
rhino

I've got a mate with a pallet yard and he syas he burns around ten tonnes of scrap pallets a week. I get loads off him and use it for fencing burning building or anything I can think of. He gets alot of one off pallets about eight feet long and four feet wide, I used them for fence panels, roofing and built arcs with them. I love pallets they're the future  
bodger

Too right. The pallets that I get are either none standard or broken.
colour it green

w are still processing our hedge cutting efforts from the winter - the hedges here were all let go and its taking us years to get them back into shape.  and fin fact i notice the first bit we did needs doing again.

we also have leylandii - it burns ok in the woodburner but we do season all our wood a couple of years +

and we have lots of pallets and another van load of broken pallets coming  
sod

rhino wrote:
I've got a mate with a pallet yard and he syas he burns around ten tonnes of scrap pallets a week. I get loads off him and use it for fencing burning building or anything I can think of. He gets alot of one off pallets about eight feet long and four feet wide, I used them for fence panels, roofing and built arcs with them. I love pallets they're the future


We have same thing have to clear all pallets from a large carrying company's yard about 25 a week at least plus about 5 more from other places and like you we build every thing we can from them plus burn in log fire but mainly in coal range for cooking, heating and hot water.

We get about 3/4 of a cord of small blocks of mill off cuts every 6weeks from a friend so have about 5cord of split pine in shed, 1.5cord little blocks and moumtain of pallets with about 8weeks of winter to go
bodger

A chap came for some eggs yesterday and asked about the pallets. I told him what they were going to be used for and as a result, he's going to drop us off some old wooden garden furniture to chop up. Now who was it that said " every little helps"?
sod

great stuff   as yousay every bit helps

Just looked our shed is not on lean just me on camera and it is now full of firewood  
bodger

He dropped it off a while ago and most of it is far too good to chop up. If this weather ever bucks up we might be sitting on it soon.
Gareth

bodger wrote:
He dropped it off a while ago and most of it is far too good to chop up. If this weather ever bucks up we might be sitting on it soon.


if the weather continues like this, you may need that furniature to sit on inside an Ark.
bodger

We've just had two hours of torrential rain. Unbelievable !
bodger

I've picked up three more loads of pallets in the last week. We are looking very handily placed for the coming winter and with any luck, I should be able to pick up quite a few more.
sod

We to picked up a tandem trailer load yesterday of pallets   great feeling  isn't it   saw some loverly big ones there under stuff so hope they get left too  
chicken feed

the log shed if full to the brim its about 40ft x 10ft we have never emptied the entire shed in a winter altough we got close a couple of years back.

and ready for 2012 is about 100 pallets 2 trees and about 200 hard wood lenghts to cut. oh brought 4 more pallets home last week along with a tree trunk from a conifer so we just keep adding to the heap it all helps.
Lorrainelovesplants

So far we have cut and stacked 1.5 tonne.  We have a further 3 tonne to sort.  Its a mix of softwood rounds and building work reclamation.
Having the space to store is the key.
sod





next winters firewood
confused

sod wrote:




next winters firewood

Now thats what i call a load of firewood ! Well done.
Bulworthy Project

Any wood that can't be used to make charcoal (i.e. conifer) becomes our firewood.  Oak tends to become firewood because it is better for that than charcoal and we save the brown ends (wood that has not quite become charcoal) for our woodburners.  We get through quite a lot of wood in all.  Much of it is stored in our barn made from pallets and telegraph poles.  I would post a picture, but the internet connection is not good today.
sod

What kind of wood makes charcoal please. We have pallet shed too and about to make another  
Slipster

Up to now we have 4 tonne of Ash and approx 2 tonne of Leylandi with around 6 tonne of Leylandi still to be cut up for 2014 and another Two tonne of Ash laid in the woods ready to be logged. All in all a good haul for this and next year. But we do struggle for pallets and the like for kindling.
milkermel

OH purchased one of gareths pallet strippers a few months ago so now we have endless suply of wood!  Brilliant gadget gareth!  keeps hubby ammused for hours! any slats that split get used for fire and we now have a lovely supply of planking for building projects.  the chumps from the pallets burn lovely on the open fire.

have about 8 tonn of ash stacked and ready to go, it made the move with us! so much fun!
sod

Moving firewood twice has got to be one of my  jobs    
bodger

I got another van load of pallets yesterday and there's two or three more loads to fetch. The orange diesel light came on yesterday and I'm off to get a load this morning. I just hope that I don't run out of fuel before I get to the petrol station.
12Bore

bodger wrote:
. The orange diesel light came on yesterday and I'm off to get a load this morning. I just hope that I don't run out of fuel before I get to the petrol station.

Careful!!
chicken feed

OH is hauling the last 2 loads of logs after a builder friend asked if we could make use of 56 conifer trees all cut in 5ft lenghts ready to load i dread to think the size of the trees before they came down the logs are big just about as much as OH can lift. so all we do is roll up with trailer and load.

we also have 3 fruit trees to take down when time permits  
sod

Funny the things we say without thinking  
12Bore

sod wrote:
Funny the things we say without thinking

I've put 95.00 of petrol into a diesel Transit, just the once...
Mo

12Bore wrote:
sod wrote:
Funny the things we say without thinking

I've put 95.00 of petrol into a diesel Transit, just the once...


It takes a brave MAN to admit that  
bodger

Made it.
bodger

My trip into town this morning produced two full bags of bread waste and nine more pallets. Those pallets will heat the house for almost a week.
sod

We had a good one like that this week delivered load of firewood and on way picked up a trailer load of pallets   but have to go back with help to pick up big trailer load   Great price too aren't they  
bodger

Free is always good.
Lorrainelovesplants

We have a whole trailer full of reclaimed timber, which John is cutting up for burning.  Its all dry and will keep us warm for a couple of weeks.
This year we have burnt quite a large amount of wood, probably about 3 tons ,mainly I think because it has been damp, not really cold.
So far no snow, and only a couple of days of hard frost.
bodger

With the current UK weather set to remain cold at least until the middle of April, the firewood situation here at home is going to be precarious. There are lots of people competing for the pallets that we've been burning and we're probably going to run out.
bodger

I managed to get another van full of pallets this morning, so thats another weeks worth of burning.
bodger

Since the end of last winter, I've continued to collect pallets and I've been able to come by some most weeks. Here are a couple of pictures of my stash and i'm still adding to it.
















The electric chain saw soon turns them into woodburner size pieces.
confused

Love the thought of all that wood for free , i know it's a bit of work but a great feeling of something on the cheap
sod

Must try to remember to take photo of our pile as winter finishes. a lot of people get them in winter here but we clear two places when ever they need it "all summer"
bodger

Maybe I should consider buying this.

http://primetimedvds.co.uk/produc...osCsid=dc7u0rfr1djegdhm9vq44ot9m2
Seabird

Why are pallets not re-used by the original user? Are they always chucked out and replaced by new?
bodger

Most of the standard sized ones are reused but the ones that I get are either broken or none standard non returnable
Seabird

bodger wrote:
Most of the standard sized ones are reused but the ones that I get are either broken or none standard non returnable


aaah I see. Always wondered  
sod

A lot here are also from overseas plus the cost of freight to return. We do have a couple of hire pallet company here that they just keep going around from each use
bodger

I got another load this morning. Four of them were huge and I had a job getting them into the back of the van. I had to drive home with the back doors open and they are very substantial indeed. I must be able to make something with them rather than burn them.
sod

bodger wrote:
I got another load this morning. Four of them were huge and I had a job getting them into the back of the van. I had to drive home with the back doors open and they are very substantial indeed. I must be able to make something with them rather than burn them.


Know that feeling we got some that are fully wooded so made great floor for shed plus some with ply on which has many uses

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