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09-07-2019, 01:25   #46
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Are they still using peat to generate electricity?? If so essentially we’re all using turf.
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Operations at a power station in the midlands have been suspended for the coming weeks following concerns over hot water discharges from it into the River Shannon nearby.
Global warming and all that. It's only 100MW.
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09-07-2019, 06:05   #47
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Turf, yes.

Cut out here on the island, by hand, using the old tools , by my neighbours.
I cannot dig so I buy from them.

This contributes to the island economy. Keeps the money here which benefits us all .

Also the cost and "carbon footprint" of bringing (Polish) coal over by ferry is high. Tried that last winter, and no more. and the cost of electricity by comparison...

Before I came to Ireland I lived on another " turf island" and learned "the way with the turf" and prefer it to all other fuels. There is a skill to it. A lovely heat it emits. My solid fuel stove heats the water also from it. Cook atop.. Makes great toast too!

And the aroma so evocative.
Perfection.
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09-07-2019, 06:39   #48
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The **** is turf mould.
We have a townie!
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09-07-2019, 06:42   #49
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Jaysus lads, ya cant bate a turf sambwhich
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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.
Less heat produced per quantity burned compared to any other fuel.
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09-07-2019, 06:49   #51
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This contributes to the island economy. Keeps the money here which benefits us all .

Also the cost and "carbon footprint" of bringing (Polish) coal over by ferry is high. Tried that last winter, and no more. and the cost of electricity by comparison...

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Lining the pockets of those lucky enough to inherit a bog. Where's my bog?

Carbon footprint of local turf is greater than imported coal. This says it all. As you rightly point out, coal carbon footprint is very high.

Coal is responsible for a lot of deaths. This is never talked about.
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Less heat produced per quantity burned compared to any other fuel.
Measured how? Quantity I mean. Turf is more bulky than coal so that is not a fair comparison.
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Measured how? Quantity I mean. Turf is more bulky than coal so that is not a fair comparison.
It has less energy released per tonne when burned compared to coal.
A tonne of coal and a tonne of turf is still a tonne. Bulk is irrelevant.
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I find it very cost efficient,E300 for 300 yards = 220 bags,more than enough to heat the living room stove for the year, E500 of kero for the rads,job done.
300 plus time and labour saving it, tending the fire, cleaning out ashes to heat a single room is cost efficient vs 500 to heat the rest of the house with no effort?
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Ive never held turf before and I've never sat beside a turf fire...feel like i'm really missing out
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Ive never held turf before and I've never sat beside a turf fire...feel like i'm really missing out
Kinda hard to explain how you stand beside a turf fire for 5 mins and everything you own smells of it for weeks after.

Only ever used it on holidays. The old man used tell stories about cutting it in the 50s and old stories about the teams out cutting it and hearing banshee on the bog. A bit like working at thrashing. End of an era definitely.

I will miss it, and coal. Nothing like an open fire. But both were back breaking work and filthy. I remember the smog back in the day. Like Victorian London some days.
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I used cut turf but it just doesn't pay me to give the time to be in the bog, my time is more valuable than that, even if its walking the beach in fanore with the dogs i can't justify spending that much time at turf, its easier ring the local suppliers and they'll deliver coal when i want it
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As a city slicker I prefer heating at my finger tips.
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No, but I take others' claiming their turf.

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