Wednesday, 27 January 2016

How To Split Hardwood

Using a splitting maul

When it comes to splitting hardwood a splitting maul is essentially a mix of splitting axe and sledgehammer. They are normally heavier than normal splitting axes but the added few pounds makes the job easier on you. The axe side is used for chopping wood not splitting it. Do not use this side. Essentially what you want to do is use the maul side to drive a splitting wedge into your wood. This means you can get it to go with the grain of the wood so its a much easier job for you and repeat until the wood splits.

Length of wood

Most stoves only take wood of about 20 to 50 cm. to save time make sure you cut your wood to size before trying to split it. The added benefit of this is the shorter the log is the easier it will split.

Set up a chopping block

This is normally a large section of a former tree and this is where you will put your wood to split it. This helps with swinging your axe  and causing less strain on your back. The block shouldn't be high or low enough for ricochets to be dangerous in case of a glancing blow.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Making Compost with Garden Waste

Turning garden waste into something other than waste to be supposed is one of the easiest things you can do and it will probably end up saving up time and effort in the fact that otherwise you would have to dispose of it. Lets take a look at just how easy it is.


Compost Bins

Finding the right site for a compost bin is vitally important in breaking down the garden waste into useable food for your garden. The bin should be set somewhere sunny, which will help the chemical processes, on compost or soil. This will allow the worms to colonise and not die out or move on to ensure your compost heap is a success.
As well as adding garden waste to the compost bin remember that there are a whole lot of household items than can also go in there such as vegetable peelings, fruit, teabags, cardboard and a whole bunch more. Just remember to keep out all cooked food leftovers!
Keep adding to the compost bin for 9 - 12 monthes and once it turns into a dark crumbly material representing moist soil with an earthy, fresh aroma you know your good to go to add that stuff to the garden.

Monday, 7 December 2015

How to Store a Chainsaw in Winter

Emptying the Fuel

Chemical degradation & the risk of fuel freezing during the cold months of winter can irreparably damage a chainsaw. This is why it is absolutely vital to empty the fuel tank. If you would like more information on safely removing the fuel from a chainsaw tank you can check it out right here.

Storage Area

Always store a chainsaw in a dry, and if possible warm, place. This will prevent rust, freezing and a host of other problems that are caused if stored in a wet area.

Covering the Chainsaw

Most chainsaw manufactures will provide storage equipment such as a chainsaw bag or sleeve for the chainsaw blade. Be sure to use these as a further means of protection.

Aftercare Treatment

No matter how careful you are during the winter month it Is always good to have replacement parts as well as the means of sharpening a dull chainsaw blade when the time comes to dig the chainsaw out. For tips on sharpening a chainsaw check out this blog. 


Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Christmas Logging

Logging was always traditionally done in winter as this was the least busy time of the year for farmers & people who lived in the country where logging was a necessity. Nowadays we can log in whatever season we want but traditions die hard and winter is still the most popular time for cutting down trees for many.

Cutting Trees in Winter

Cutting in the cold presents its own challenges unique to this season. The wood will be a lot harder due to the cold and therefore more difficult to cut and the risk of damage to the chainsaw is a lot higher. Therefore make sure you are using a top quality chainsaw that is properly sharpened.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

A Complete Guide to Chainsaw Safety

Chainsaw safety can seem to be a bit of a dull topic and many beginner chainsaw users (who maybe only need the chainsaw the once) may deem it unnecessary thinking they will just be careful and sensible whilst using the machine. With this in mind I wrote this guide to explain each part of the safety procedures when using a chainsaw to prevent sometimes fatal injuries.


By law anybody using a chainsaw must have had formal training. This law is largely ignored though but it does exist for a reason. Novice chainsaw users are those most at risk and if this law was ignored chainsaws accidents would be cut down to a fraction of the size.

Protective Glasses

When using a chainsaws, debris can be shot off at over 30 mph and they may be sharp. Wearing protective eye wear is a must. Potential blindness is a factor that may be worth the tenner to eliminate.


Much the same reason as the protective glasses but probably the most that will happen is a cut on your head. But more severe injuries have been known to occur so helmets are a big must when using a chainsaw.

Clothing & Gloves

Specialist chainsaw clothing can end up saving a limb and gloves a digit. As well as being resistant to a chainsaw the gloves also help with grip and friction allowing you to control the chainsaw more easily.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Petrol vs Electric Chainsaws

Deciding on your first chainsaw is a little tricky especially when you don't really know what type of chainsaw is better for what kind of job. Many potential buyers will set out and but a 62cc petrol chainsaw to cut some shrubs in their back garden which is kinda like getting a bazooka for a spider in the bath.  Below are some basic facts on both types of chainsaw to help you make up your mind.

Electric Chainsaws


Kickback with Electric Chainsaws

Electric chainsaws are battery powered and this allows them to run a lot smoother than a petrol chainsaw which uses a 2 stroke or 4 stroke engine. This makes an electric chainsaw a lot easier to use (especially for a first timer) as your hands are more steady and the chainsaw is taking less of a physical tole on your body.

Fuel and Your Electric Chainsaw

An electric chainsaw can be charged through an electrical socket in your home. But this doesn't mean that is it even costs any money. A renewable source of electricity in your home leads to your chainsaw being completely reusable as well. Some would say that the petrol chainsaw with its fossil fuels cant exactly live up to this claim....

An Electric Chainsaw Does Not Annoy Your Neighours

An electric chainsaw is very quiet (depending on what exactly you are cutting of course) and is a lot less likely to disturb the neighbours than the noisy petrol chainsaw which is just about guaranteed to wake up your entire neighbourhood (depending on the time of day rather).

Petrol Chainsaws

They require a strong user

A petrol chainsaw has quite a bit of kick to it and as such can normally only be used by stronger than average individuals which has never really been an issue for me being a very tall individual. They are also quite heavy and putting these together makes it pretty hard to control well enough to get a clean cut without being strong or putting in a huge amount of effort.

They require petrol

Bit obvious but this means you need to keep fuel for it around the house somewhere (I personally leave mine in thee garage) and this fuel is of course flammable not a good choice for people with children or particularly jumpy pets as spills can quickly become a fire hazard.

Highly effective

Not much can cut quite like a petrol chainsaw so if you have some heavy duty work planned then its a good choice provided you know how to handle it and have the required strength.


Being a petrol chainsaw there's no wire or anything like that so if you need to take it far from an outlet that is no problem for a petrol chainsaw, The lack of wires also make it quite maneuverable while using it for those trickier cuts.


Most petrol chainsaws can be expensive especially a good one and theres the continuous fuel cost to consider after.


Only heavy duty jobs require a petrol chainsaw don't underestimate what a hatchet or electric chainsaw can achieve and think to yourself do I really need one?

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Garden Waste Disposal

There are a large number of ways to dispose of garden waste. The cost has a large variety and some methods are better for certain jobs so here are 5 for you to choose from.


Calling the Council

These include calling the council some of which but not all will provide home collection of garden waste for which green waste may charge a small fee but it isn't too expensive.


There is the option of a skip which can cost quite a bit and take some time to get to you so there's also the alternative of hippobags. This method tends to be the best for larger jobs and having a skip is one of the easiest methods.

Hippo Bags

They don't have the same capacity so a skip would be the better option nut they are a lot faster getting to you. They come flat packed ordered on-line or they can be bought in most DIY stores. This is cheaper than a skip or calling a guy.

Call a Guy

Go through your yellow pages and find anyone doing garden waste in your area. Call them and leave the waste for them. This is the most convenient method but also the most expensive.


You could also take your waste to a recycle bank. This is the greener option but it does carry the issue of transporting waste. If there isn't too much this is easily done if you have hippobags.

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