Monday, 4 August 2014

Firewood From Work

As many of my regular readers will already know, when I'm not a stay-at-home-dad, I go off to work as a self employed carpenter. It's a job I really enjoy and it has a few perks. One of which is taking all the waste wood and off-cuts home
The pile was growing slowly...
 I'm quite diligent at bringing these off-cuts home. I always tidy up each night before I leave where ever I'm working and I bring the wood home each night and chuck it in my lean-to shed on the drive. This does not look very tidy and I sometimes wonder if its worth it. 
I had an afternoon yesterday chopping up all these bits, making sure they'd fit on our fire before being put into the proper woodshed. Turns out there was quite a bit there! Mainly pine with a mix of oak, popular, sapelle and walnut.
Chopped up ready for the fire.
We shouldn't be short of kindling this year! 
Anyone else have a job with a low budget perk?

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  1. Hubby runs a scaffolding business, so our perk is broken scaffold boards, they are usefull for raised beds, shelves decking, when the ends of boards get damaged they get cut off, all the cuts offs come home and chopped for kindlin, broken boards are usually about 6ft long its when they get too short after several cut downs to scaffold with. Of course scaffold tubes have there uses as well, just getting to know people in the building trade is a big perk as well you know who the reliable trades people are.

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    1. He sounds like a handy bloke to know - shame he's not closer to here! Knowing good builders has it plus sides!

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  2. Our fire wood comes from old fence posts when we replace a fence on the farm . I guess we also have a perk when it comes to running a farm stay because I always have to make sure there is food to pick for other people when they stay....there is always food for us too!

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    1. Sounds like a good farm stay. All the produce with none of the work for the guests!

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  3. I can't wait to get a woodburner, it's at the top of my most wanted list x

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  4. I think you could make your self some decent money making and selling kindling , Kev. You can even buy kindling machines to cut them and pack them. I buy my kindling for 1.50 Euros a bag. The normal price is between 2.50 and 3.50. How much do they charge for it where you live?

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    1. I've thought about it before but never really researched it - maybe I should at that money!

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  5. I see I provided some inspiration, ha ha. Now you need to stack it neatly so you have room for more. I never seem to burn through mine fast enough.

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    1. No neat stack of wood in that shed! It all gets chucked in I'm afraid!

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  6. If my Lovely Hubby brought home from work what he deals with we would have a international emergency on our hands ;-)

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  7. we picked up some free fire wood the other day, saw the add in gumtree - it was a banister rail, and spindles.........it all burns! we've taken a fence down in the past and burned that too

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    1. I burn any timber that isn't treated with a preservative! So it all goes in, the trouble is I collect lots and it always looks such a mess! Nice to tidy it up a bit and see how much we've got.

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  8. ha ha! Does free stress count?

    we collect broken pallets from a window firm

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    1. I'm sure the stress could keep you warm!

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  9. Wow that is a great perk! Cant get better than wood to keep you warm through winter.

    Hubby collects our wood throughout the year from mainly fallen trees. We have quite a collection...and it is free :)



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  10. Oh my gosh, just think of all the nestboxes you could build out of that lot!

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