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08-07-2019, 17:28   #1
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Are you still using turf?

You can't move on the country by-roads, this time of year, without being stuck behind a Ford 4600 pulling a load of turf.

This year, for the first year since we got off Cromwell's boat, the Miltiades family have no turf. I will miss the turf this year, the sweet, damp smell of it in the house, and wafting up the lane. I'll miss the crumbly, craggy feeling of handling it, the great heat out of it, turf as a topic of conversation for visitors; turf mould for the garden beds. We will never find a use for all these empty 10,10,20 bags.

The Department and the EU habitats directive have finally closed-off the bog at home, it's strictly for the skylark, the grouse, and the meadow pipit, now. It's only fair I suppose, but it's sad to face into a winter with no turf.

Are you still bringing home the turf?
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08-07-2019, 17:33   #2
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I put in a wood pellet stove back in February. Best move ever. I hate turf ever since I was a kid being dragged to the bog. Midgets, cracked skin, turf mould in every crevice. Wont miss it even one little bit
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I put in a wood pellet stove back in February. Best move ever. I hate turf ever since I was a kid being dragged to the bog. Midgets, cracked skin, turf mould in every crevice. Wont miss it even one little bit
Light a fire when you're footing it. Keeps the midges away, and quite possibly a few of those dastardly midgets too.
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08-07-2019, 17:46   #4
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I put in a wood pellet stove back in February. Best move ever. I hate turf ever since I was a kid being dragged to the bog. Midgets, cracked skin, turf mould in every crevice. Wont miss it even one little bit

The **** is turf mould.
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The **** is turf mould.
The black dushty bits and pieces.
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The **** is turf mould.
Sorry, I meant turf 'mowld'.
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Always loved the smell of a turf fire.

They need to make that a fragrance, along with freshly cut grass and petrol.
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08-07-2019, 18:01   #10
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My brother still takes turf from the family plot. I don’t take many bags, but I will head down there some weekend to make a few bottles of poitín with himself.
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Always loved the smell of a turf fire.

They need to make that a fragrance, along with freshly cut grass and petrol.
Its available actually in some gift stores as a lighted scent packaged in a miniature Irish cottage
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I used to enjoy the smell of a turf fire but there is just too much against it to continue burning it.

It is not an efficient source of heat by a long way. It is adding to pollution in it's burning and destroying a natural environment and natural carbon sink in it's harvesting. The only people I know who are enthusiastic about turf still, and who refuse to admit it is not an efficient fuel, are a few elderly neighbours who bum a few free or cheap loads locally every year.
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Always loved the smell of a turf fire.

They need to make that a fragrance, along with freshly cut grass and petrol.
Add permanent markers to that list
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It is not an efficient source of heat by a long way.
I hear this a lot, what's the exact science/ calculation behind it?

We spend less than a grand for a winter's supply of turf, at home. None of the rads work, so it's the only source of heat, apart from maybe one trailer load of timber (which goes in no time, and seems super inefficient).

I live in a smaller house, in Dublin, and my heating costs are a few hundred quid higher. And my house is better insulated. I'm curious as to the provenance of this fact. Perhaps I am your elderly neighbour.
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Always loved the smell of a turf fire.

They need to make that a fragrance, along with freshly cut grass and petrol.
My wife was doing an international craft fair and the guy on the stand beside her was selling little rectangles of marble along with some tiny pieces of turf. The idea being that you could place the turf on the marble and light it thus creating the smell of a turf fire.
He was cleaning up on orders from the US buyers and curiously the Japanese.
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