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Well we have had the registration of those of us who put plants in the ground as a business and small plant growers required to issue passports along with controls on non coniferous timber products, this all seems to have quitened down, anyone heard any updates on these unworkeable rules ?

Now controls on wood for domestic users which will stop the sale of wood in quantities of less than two cubic metres, this will stop the sale of so called high moisture content logs from DIY shops, petrol forecourts etc. But you will still be able to buy high moisture content logs in quantities greater than two cubic metres !!! providing the supplier gives instructions as to how to dry it out - hmm giving this some thought I wonder if I tell my customers to put it on their wood burner to dry it out this will be OK ?

Yet again we have the metropolitan flat dwelling elite making up socially divisive rules with no thought to the consequencies to the rural economy nor to the effect this will have on those who rely on wood as their primary heat source nor the effect on people at the lower end of the income scale who will find using alternative heat sources unaffordable. As to the environmental argument - the difference this will make to air quality will be unquantifiable, when countries like China, India and the USA carry on using fossil fuels in enormous quatities. This is just political posturing.

Anyway I have just ordered 5000 moisture meters ( from China of course - stuff the air miles ) so I can supply  the wood police, DEFRA are going to be very busy aren't they - what with landscaper registration and testing logs for moisture content, I wonder how many more jobs for the boys this will need ? It will help with the unemployment figures I suppose, soon we will all have a job with them!!

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    I tend to use foraged hard wood and also get logs off a tree surgeon which we store outdoors for a year , sometimes longer then bring them indoors and stack next to the log burner  . 

    The chimney sweep who calls once a year tells us to keep on doing what we are doing as hardly any soot , I always go by his advice . 

    Are they trying to clamp down on foraged and free wood ? It seems all transactions are having to become accountable so they can incur a tax . 

    Often you find other reasons for doing things are just a flag of convenience to justify action leading to the justification to impose financial penalties , a bit like speed cameras placed at the bottom of hills on blind bends .

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    Wood burners are a metropolitan problem.


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