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Re: Faggots

Post: # 272077Post doofaloofa
Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:20 pm

Incidentally, do not image search for 'faggots wood' in mixed company
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My first faggot

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Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:14 pm

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Re: Faggots

Post: # 272114Post boboff
Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:33 am

Given issues of googling, what, apart from already mentioned is the point of these bundles?

I agree burning them, or even as I do putting them through a Muncher Cruncher is a waste, what things historically, and now can you do with bundled twigs that makes up for the time in cutting and tying them?
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Re: Faggots

Post: # 272118Post Odsox
Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:23 am

Not sure I agree that burning is a waste.
I did for several years just recently make small faggots out of apple prunings. Nice straight shoots that I then trimmed to about 8" long to fit the wood burner, which I tied with string.
Makes nice, cheap and efficient kindling, although I have to admit I haven't made any for 4 or 5 years.
BUT ... I have yet to prune my trees this winter, so may well do it again.
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Re: Faggots

Post: # 272128Post doofaloofa
Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:19 pm

Burn Witches?
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Re: Faggots

Post: # 272132Post Skippy
Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:51 pm

I tend to make smaller faggots like odsox and they get used in an oven. Whilist I agree with the comments about them being efficient and making use of what are in effect just waste offcuts I can also see boboff's point. I don't think they are actually cheap in a commercial sense if you were to factor in the time it takes to make them i.e. it would be nigh on impossible to make a living out of trying to sell them and they really only make sense if you are burning your own prunings.
As to other uses, I suppose a besom broom is only a faggot on a stick but again how much call is there for one?
I also would add that smaller faggots seem to me at least to be of more use than the larger ones such as the one in doofa's photo. Which also makes me ask what size does a faggot have to be to become a fascine (if that's the right spelling).
One other question , do you try to make your faggots out of a particular species or do you use almost anything? I tend towards the later and last year had some made from mulberry prunings still with leaves on. They burned with a quite distintive and not unpleasent smell.


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Re: Faggots

Post: # 272141Post doofaloofa
Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:33 pm

My first faggot is goat willow from the tree's I cut for fuel

I like the idea of building a hay stack on faggots, and so might make a few for that purpose
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Re: Faggots

Post: # 272251Post doofaloofa
Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:36 pm

if i was to attack my enemys stronghold faggots may come in handy also

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Re: Faggots

Post: # 272388Post doofaloofa
Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:15 pm

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This is a smaller one i made this morning
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Re: Faggots

Post: # 272477Post doofaloofa
Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:19 pm

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Re: Faggots

Post: # 273311Post doofaloofa
Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:47 pm

I have been giving the economics of faggotry some serious thought

i have come to the conclusion that faggoting is actually popssibly time/labour saving, depending on how the brash is to be dealt with. If the materials have to be centralised for further processing anyway, the major part of the faggoting process is complete already

Bundling and tieing may seem like a lot of work, but way more can be carried or barrowed in one go in faggots, and burning is way more efficient if whole bundles can be thrown on the fire rather than bit by bit

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