Mr Fjeld wrote:
That's fantastic Adrian - or at least I think so - but burning peat is perhaps the usual way of heating your houses in the winter months?
........................what you didn't take a picture of is your illicit still
Yes Christian ... peat has been a traditional fuel used by the Irish for over a hundred years. Mainly families living on small farms in the peat bog areas. It was a cheap source o fuel. They would spend the early part of the summer cutting and stacking the peat and leave it to dry over the summer months. It was then collected when bone dry and is an excellent fire fuel. It is considered very much an eco friendly fuel as it is nearly smokeless in comparison to wood or coal.
However eventhough the burning of this fuel is considered more eco friendly than other solid fuels, studies peat bogs have shown that removal of large tracts of peat is actually bad for the environment.
Bogs retain carbon but it has been found that overly cutting back bogs actually release stored carbon back into the athmosphere. The EU have now brought in guide lines in regard to cutting peat on an industrial scale.
I presume that it is also used domestically in scotland but strangely I've actually never seen it over there.
I love it as you get a slight but lovely peat aroma from the fire and there is nothing like an open fire