posted on Dec, 7 2013 @ 11:04 AM
In moorland places people sometimes including myself cut the peat as a fuel source. I think a lot of people dont know about cutting the peat so I
wanted to share how it is done.
Peat looks a bit like earth and it varies in colour from brown to black. It is fibrous stuff with little tufts of roots going through it. It is
acidic and has no oxygen and preserves things well like tree roots
Peat is best cut in early spring. Some people say that it has an oil in it that travels back into the earth in winter. To cut peat you need to make a
Before you cut you cut the turf from the top you do this is sections so that you can lay it at the bottom of the bank. After removing the top turfs
you are ready to cut. These days some people use a shovel. The traditional tool is called a talisker. Here is a picture of my one here..
The peat is cut down in chunks maybe about 12 inches deep by a couple wide. It is then spread out on the moorlands and left to dry on one side. This
can take anything from days to months depending on the weather. When one of the sides is dry you can stack them in little piles with the dry side
After the peat is dry you take it home and it is ready to use as a fuel. If it is being stored outside it is stacked so that the wind can get through
it. Something like this.
It will take about 2 days of time to prepare and get enough fuel to get you through the winter. It is a clean fuel and a lot less dirty than wood and
coal. The ash should be collected and spread in the garden as it improves the soil and contains nutrients. To stop erosion you should never cut down
to the rock always leave a lay on the ground. Cutting it should be a social thing and best down in a group. It is more efficient and makes it more
edit on 7-12-2013 by purplemer because: (no reason given)