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Old 05-07-2012, 03:35 AM
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I remember cutting down green trees for firewood at boarding school. We ended up getting four cuts each on the arse (in the days when corporal punishment was the norm) we all wore three pairs of jeans each, didn't hurt a bit. The wood was really easy to cut and we ended up with half a woodshed full of firewood for the winter.
Were you a teacher then too?
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:16 AM
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Were you a teacher then too?
Ha, ha. No I was a student (1965). It was not a Catholic school.
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Gudday Davids and Al
Recon (if its a dry winter like it should) this should be dry enough to be split in the spring and be "burnable" early summmer. If it doesn't happen" what the hec" least I don't get the cuts or cane .......wait a sec ....cane burns well dry or green.

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Old 05-07-2012, 06:32 AM
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Lots of speculation going on around drying time of wood!

The reality is there are so many variables to contend with: type of wood, bark/no bark, size of split pieces, storage area, rainfall, average temperature, cloud cover, sun, humidity to name a few.

Fortunately in Perth many of those elements favourably influence the drying process.
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Hi all,
I'm new to all this, have cooked in my oven only twice now....

I have been using peppermint gum which I cut up at the families farm in strathbogie. Has sat for over 12 months in the farm shed. It's seems to be fine but I have nothing to compare it too... Any thoughts?

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Old 05-10-2012, 01:58 AM
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Peppermint is one of the softer Aus hardwoods, it will burn ok but doesnt have any real heat.
For heat you should try, wattle, box, ironbark, redgum, in descending order of heat.
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:28 AM
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Hi all,

I have been using peppermint gum ....
I use peppermint for "flame" in the oven - and on occasion have even used a fair amount of it to make a bed of coals. Not a long burning wood though so depending on your application it may or may not be suitable. Worth using though nonetheless. Aim to get some white gum if you can. Burns well, for a long time and doesn't generate much ash...
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Hi all,
I'm new to all this, have cooked in my oven only twice now....

I have been using peppermint gum which I cut up at the families farm in strathbogie. Has sat for over 12 months in the farm shed. It's seems to be fine but I have nothing to compare it too... Any thoughts?

Thanks
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A constant dry supply of wood ...recon thats ticks a few boxes. If it is little lite perhaps consider using it to heat the oven and finish the cooking stage with somthing a little hotter

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Old 05-12-2012, 12:50 AM
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Thanks all for the responses. I do have a lot of this peppermint stuff so will keep using it. I have also just found some old red gum in the wood pile.

My new infrared thermometer (up to 700oC) was just delivered so I can take some better measurements of temp and experiment a bit with amounts and types of wood at different stages....

Plan on a pig leg roast for mothers day tomorrow so see how we go!

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Wow that stuff is perfect !
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