Thank you Viola and Dave,
It is interesting to hear exactly how the fires were stacked, kept burning,
and the difference in weight depending on the compression of the peat. I did
not think about that aspect of the material.
One last question: do the gasses and oils in the best peat make the fire
I know we covered peat bogs and the cutting in great detail several years
ago on Fer-gold but had nothing in my file on the burning of it. As you
probably realise, I am about to finally write the story of my Irish family.
----- Original Message -----
From: "D.H." <hallmark1(a)utvinternet.com>
Sent: Saturday, February 01, 2014 1:06 PM
Subject: FERMANAGH-GOLD Re; Peat fires
Dee..it depends on what you are talking about!
Brown Turf would be from top part of bog and can contain wood material
from Heather, Gorse etc and occasionally spark.
Black turf would be from deeper in the bog and better decomposed! Very
very few sparks. If dried correctly is should contain gasses and oils if
weather is good and it dries out quickly, rain will wash these out.
Turf briquettes which are machine milled, then compressed do not spark.
If you were in the dark and pick up 2 sods the lightest is brown turf.
In general it should burn through the night, and often people would put a
new sod in the middle of the fire, then cover it with the ashes, then in
morning a light disturbance get it going properly next morning. In many
many houses the fire was never let go out....took too long to relight and
hot enough to cook on etc..
I trust the above reply meets with your requirements and to the standard
you are accustomed to! and got a smile from my previous reply. which did
actually answer you... :-))
/From:/ "Dee Byster-Graham" <deebg(a)bigpond.net.au
/Subject:/ FERMANAGH-GOLD Peat fires
/Date:/ Sat, 1 Feb 2014 12:01:05 +1000
Can someone tell me if peat fires splutter, crackle, and spit embers as
wood fires occasionally do?
Is their burn quiet and 'even', and will the embers still be glowing and
last through to the morning, or does one need to re-light.
Thanks so much,
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