Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

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Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by bigfellascott » 22 Jan 2019, 9:53 pm

I often cook on that heater of mine, even in the middle of summer if it's real hot and I can't be bothered cooking inside I will fire it up and put a casserole on or cook a curry etc, I put a wire rack down and sit the castiron pot on that on the bottom deck and when it's cooked I move it upto the top deck which keeps it all warm.

They are a bloody good heater the ol Lopi, not cheap at around $4k depending on what options you go for but they certainly do last a long time so money well spent. 9.5mm plate and bricks I guess it will last a bloody lifetime if one looks after it and replaces the consumables when they need doing.
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Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by Gaznazdiak » 22 Jan 2019, 10:46 pm

bigfellascott wrote:Mick, it's amazing how an incident in someones life can change it forever, the brain injury doesn't sound like much fun at all mate, hopefully it doesn't stop you from enjoy other aspects of your life too much mate.:


It's all relative though Scott.
Sure I'd prefer to not to have ticked "headbut a speeding semi" off my bucket list, but mate, I was extraordinarily lucky to survive.
So a few little niggles like not being able to handle hot weather without getting the vapors, I can handle. At least I can live almost normally, do my own thing and wipe my own bum.

There are young people out there in nursing homes because of catastrophic acquired brain injury from far less than what happened to me.

While in the Brain Injury Unit I met a young guy who had fallen 2m from a tree in his yard.
He was alone, so by the time he was found, a small bleed from the surface of his brain, into the surrounding cerebrospinal fluid had raised the pressure, squeezing shut tiny capillaries all through his brain resulting in him becoming a ventilated quadriplegic. He'll spend the rest of his life in an old folks home with his electric ventilator breathing for him.
His biggest dream was for a midnight blackout.

I truly hope the poor bugger got his wish.
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Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by bigfellascott » 23 Jan 2019, 4:28 am

Gaznazdiak wrote:
bigfellascott wrote:Mick, it's amazing how an incident in someones life can change it forever, the brain injury doesn't sound like much fun at all mate, hopefully it doesn't stop you from enjoy other aspects of your life too much mate.:


It's all relative though Scott.
Sure I'd prefer to not to have ticked "headbut a speeding semi" off my bucket list, but mate, I was extraordinarily lucky to survive.
So a few little niggles like not being able to handle hot weather without getting the vapors, I can handle. At least I can live almost normally, do my own thing and wipe my own bum.

There are young people out there in nursing homes because of catastrophic acquired brain injury from far less than what happened to me.

While in the Brain Injury Unit I met a young guy who had fallen 2m from a tree in his yard.
He was alone, so by the time he was found, a small bleed from the surface of his brain, into the surrounding cerebrospinal fluid had raised the pressure, squeezing shut tiny capillaries all through his brain resulting in him becoming a ventilated quadriplegic. He'll spend the rest of his life in an old folks home with his electric ventilator breathing for him.
His biggest dream was for a midnight blackout.

I truly hope the poor bugger got his wish.


That is very true Mick, as I said to someone the other day it could be way worse, we could live in a place like India and have these health issues, over there they would just toss you on the street with some of the issues he was suffering as lifes pretty cheap over there apparently.

I had a relative who got injured in a car accident at a young age, spend all his life a quad - only died last year at around 60yrs of age, I'm not sure I'd of wanted to live a life like that for that long.

I can't say I blame the young fella for thinking like that, I reckon I'd be thinking the same way too. :silent:
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Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by bigpete » 23 Jan 2019, 5:40 am

I wish I had a wood fire....
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Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by Daddybang » 23 Jan 2019, 6:44 am

As Jim Tom said we don't get much of a winter but we still love a good fire. Cutting wood with a mate a couple of sensible beers in the middle of the bush(or just in the back paddock) is a very special way to spend a few hours then later a couple of not so sensible coldies and what we like to call Inferno Nite !! :thumbsup: :drinks:

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Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by bigfellascott » 23 Jan 2019, 7:15 am

bigpete wrote:I wish I had a wood fire....


What's stopping ya Pete?
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Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by bigfellascott » 23 Jan 2019, 7:23 am

Daddybang wrote:As Jim Tom said we don't get much of a winter but we still love a good fire. Cutting wood with a mate a couple of sensible beers in the middle of the bush(or just in the back paddock) is a very special way to spend a few hours then later a couple of not so sensible coldies and what we like to call Inferno Nite !! :thumbsup: :drinks:

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A man after my own heart, we've had a few good bonfires over the years, this is one we made when a mate bought a new place and needed to do a bit of a clean up, 2 or 3 ctns when down that night I can tell ya, it was a great night out and it was cold (sleet and snow) so the fire was very welcome!

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Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by Cooper » 23 Jan 2019, 8:26 am

Yes. I quite enjoy cutting firewood. I find it relaxing. Even though using a chain saw is something that you need to make sure you do safely.

Got a bit caught out this year. Had to order a few metres of red gum in as couldn't lift anything and I was home off work for 7 weeks so I was burning a fair bit of wood.
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Post by Daddybang » 23 Jan 2019, 9:26 am

F@#kin oath BigFella that'd keep ya warm on a cold night!!!!! :D :drinks:
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Post by bigfellascott » 23 Jan 2019, 9:46 am

Cooper wrote:Yes. I quite enjoy cutting firewood. I find it relaxing. Even though using a chain saw is something that you need to make sure you do safely.

Got a bit caught out this year. Had to order a few metres of red gum in as couldn't lift anything and I was home off work for 7 weeks so I was burning a fair bit of wood.


Yep its therapy to me, that's how much I love it, it makes me feel happy just being out bush. I hope you feel better now mate? I like burning redgum but most of mine is either peppermint or stringy for the most part with the odd bit of box and redgum thrown in. :drinks:
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Post by bigfellascott » 23 Jan 2019, 9:48 am

Daddybang wrote:F@#kin oath BigFella that'd keep ya warm on a cold night!!!!! :D :drinks:


Yeah she was welcomed alright, you can see in the pic with the bobcat the snow had just started coming in so a good fire was sure welcome! :D
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Post by Daddybang » 23 Jan 2019, 9:54 am

bigfellascott wrote:
Daddybang wrote:F@#kin oath BigFella that'd keep ya warm on a cold night!!!!! :D :drinks:


Yeah she was welcomed alright, you can see in the pic with the bobcat the snow had just started coming in so a good fire was sure welcome! :D


I've heard about that snow stuff but never seen it in real life except from a distance(Ayers rock back in about 98 but I didn't get out of the truck :lol: ) ...at least ya wouldn't be wasting dollars on ice for the beer. Just sit the carton on stump in the paddock!! :lol: :thumbsup: :drinks:
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Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by bigfellascott » 23 Jan 2019, 10:06 am

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Daddybang wrote:F@#kin oath BigFella that'd keep ya warm on a cold night!!!!! :D :drinks:


Yeah she was welcomed alright, you can see in the pic with the bobcat the snow had just started coming in so a good fire was sure welcome! :D


I've heard about that snow stuff but never seen it in real life except from a distance(Ayers rock back in about 98 but I didn't get out of the truck :lol: ) ...at least ya wouldn't be wasting dollars on ice for the beer. Just sit the carton on stump in the paddock!! :lol: :thumbsup: :drinks:


Mate I've wasted more beer forget about it until the next day and it was a frozen block of beer then :silent: I've learn't to not leave it in the carport and put it in the fridge now :D I near cried when I realised what I'd done :(
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Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by bigfellascott » 23 Jan 2019, 10:13 am

here's a bit of snow for ya mate

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Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by bigfellascott » 23 Jan 2019, 10:15 am

This was a good lump of wood to cut up - it blew over in a storm and ended up on the fence line so it had to go.

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Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by bigfellascott » 23 Jan 2019, 10:17 am

A small load - the 621 Jonsereds is a torquey ol beast of a thing, old sckool and way cool is that tank of a chainsaw!

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Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by Stix » 23 Jan 2019, 10:20 am

Fmd bigfella... :shock:
A good few table tops there...!!!

I couldnt bring myself to burn all of that if i had it...

Id have to salvage some decent slabs & biscuits from it...you know...to keep in the shed & further clog up my life eith stuff ill never get around to doing... :lol:
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Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by bigfellascott » 23 Jan 2019, 10:21 am

A bit of fun in the snow a few years back - the simple pleasures in life are the ones I remember and cherish the most. :drinks:

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A bit of towboganing :D

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