Monday, 26 October 2009

Wood delivery

Getting winter fuel deliveries is a matter of timing. Too early and there is not enough space for the wood in the bunker. Too late and the boiler runs out of fuel and the guests get cold and then unhappy.

The wood comes in a great big lorry fitted with a fan which blows the wood into the bunker. This technique saved us from having to build a big ugly ramp for lorries to tip their load into the bunker through the roof.

Today was delivery day. The lorry backs up to the bunker, the driver connects the pipes, the fan blows for half an hour, and Bob's your uncle. There was even enough space for ther whole load.

And just for the fun of it, here's one of my fuchsias, still blooming.


@eloh said...

Wood? Being blown in?

I'd like to see some of it. Also a look at the furnace and how it works.

Cogitator said...

I should probably point out that the wood is shredded into tiny little bits, no bigger than, say, a cubic centimetre in size. These can be blown in to the bunker.

But the boiler itself can take whole logs if you prefer, the main problem being that you have to feed the thing once every three hours or so, which gets tedious at night.

The Machinist's Wife said...

Oh man, what I would do to have this service! Instead, the Machinist and son have to sacrifice a WHOLE day, each winter weekend to cut, load, off-load, sort and deliver half of their wood-loot to the Grands.
Cogitator, do the wood shreds get messy when you transport them to the fire places? Do they burn very quickly? (I'm trying to figure out the burning time of wood chips compared to a log).

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