The smell of smoke

Now I could wax all lyrical about the gently moving plumes of smoke coming from all the canal boats near me, the crackling of the open fire in someone’s house, or even a simple campfire but I won’t.


In the US you’ve got the EPA.
Them who are going after all the wood burners in the US for no more reason than they think they were severely damaging the environment. Two words, B.S. ,come to mind.
In the UK we’ve got local government talking about pollution and slapping smokeless fuel only orders or NO fossil fuel fires to be used at all.

Both of course are stupid, both seemingly hell-bent on people using gas, diesel / furnace / No.2 heating oil, or the dreaded electrically powered night storage heating.

Only their combined efforts to keep cities and the environment clean amount to nothing, zip, nada, as compared to the amount of pollution the manufacture and transportation of gases, be they natural, butane, or propane, Oils and their ‘cracking’ of heavy crude to the various heating and transport fuels, and electricity generated by burning gas, fossil fuel, oils, and what nuclear power produces with its untouchable waste.

Local Government Cut backs.
Lately in the UK there has been yet another health hazard brewing where rubbish collections are being pared back to one every 3 weeks AND the local authorities reducing bin sizes to a paultry 140 litre. For a large family that’s disastrous!

What it has led to is people simply dumping their excess wherever they can (what we call fly tipping), burying waste (the rats love it), or resorting to the old-time favorite of burning whatever they can in garden burners, or in reopened fireplaces in older homes.


Does anyone actually like
the smell of burning chicken guts?

The result of all of that is a danger to public safety from unswept, faulty fireplaces, health issues from burning plastics, smell, AND increased air pollution.
So it may come as ZERO surprise that some of the public health weenies round the UK WANT all fireplaces and burning of waste in your backyard BANNED!

It’s rather like here is a problem of our making, there is no solution to our stupidity, so we’ll ban you from attempting to find one or work round the problem.


Fire chiefs say there has been a 30% rise in arson since they smaller bins appeared last summer. Arson? That’s a bit strong for people trying to cope with stupidity, but in the last eight months of 2016, one fire service was called to 354 ‘loose refuse’ fires, compared to 271 over the same period in 2015 – hence a 30% rise.

Only guess what, local government actually dispute the numbers.

Meanwhile the growing trend of fly tipping is literally that, growing.
Thus England’s green and pleasant pastures now look more like:-

Yep, local government says that isn’t so too.

Yet when you take the extra manpower costs to go and clean up this mess, what savings there were get lost in the political correctness they call recycling and austerity.

Camp Craft.
Open fires, the survivors way of keeping things tidy.
If it can burn it will be, the COLD EMBERS buried deep and the turf replaced.
But what of waste food?
The guts and skin of last nights suicidal rabbit that flung itself in front of your gun. Personally I won’t burn them. It stinks, the smoke clings, but even worse it carries for miles which could attract all sorts of predators, both 4 and 2 legged.
In the countryside there isn’t a problem as under the bushes they go for the night feeders to clean up. The problem is what to do in townships or the concrete cities.

To burn is apparently antisocial, let alone against the law, so apart from burying waste, that’s really it unless you can liquidize the slop and clog up the sewers.

Bury, only how deep?
If you use good deer hunting skills, we’re talking around 3 feet deep.
But how much are we talking about?
In 2011 the UK generated 18 million tons of waste food.
70 million persons, or about 250 lbs per person every year or 4.8 lbs a week.
That’s a lot of deep holes!

Something has got to break.
Personally I’d like to see a town full of people dumping their food waste on the town hall steps saying “A problem of your making, you deal with it”.
Say 5000 people? That’s nearly 11 tons of gunk.
Think they’ll get the message?

Only consider a city.
Take London(stan).
Population about 8.6 million so that’s 18,428 tons of food waste a week.
Think Sadiq Khan may have a problem parking?

Little minds in local and central government will cause health issues if this is a hot summer, and I think I can guess what is coming next.

A bin man strike as they find fighting off the rats too much for them.

And yet another reason for not joining the Army as they get hauled in to shovel rubbish.
Still at least they’ll be armed to cope with the king sized rats that are now in the cities.

This time saving pennies to waste pounds, by endangering public health.
Welcome to the Untied (not a typo) Kingdom.

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3 Responses to The smell of smoke

  1. Smaller bins to be emptied over a longer period. Terrific…………. not.

  2. Brittius says:

    Reblogged this on Brittius and commented:
    Provided that chimneys are maintained clean, inspected, and seasoned (two seasons) hardwood is used, there should be no issues. For lined chimneys, here in the US, Underwriters Laboratory Approved, natural gas fireplace and liner rated 900 degrees Fahrenheit, wood burning fireplace and liner rated at 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit, there should be no problems. There are fire codes for distances from a stove or fireplace where non-combustible materials in the walls and ceiling must be used. A pain in the rear end but, not impossible to meet the standards.
    Wood fires, warm the home with a quality that eases my rheumatoid bones and relieves aches and pains. When I owned a home on half-acre of land, I planted English Hedges, as the taxman, “thanked” me, when I improved the property with a masonry fence, so the hedges were my answer. The ashes, once cooled, I scattered at the base of the hedges like feeding chickens. Rain, naturally took care of the rest. Ash, is rich in nitrogen, which is like oxygen to humans. In four years time, the English Hedges, grew 30 feet in height, and were thick and lush. The trees also like the ashes. In fact, somebody dumped Christmas trees in the back of my property, along with wreaths. I thought, in the forests, when fires route, trees have it in their DNA to come back to life. Nobody replants trees. So, I planted 28 trees, and sprigs of wreaths. Six years later, after caring for the trees, they were gifted to people and a few, I kept, for my children (young at the time), to take cotton string and popcorn, to decorate the trees during the Christmas season. Birds loved it, and even took bits of string to nests that I found lined with string material. When hurricanes knocked down Linden trees, there was too much for me to save, as Basswood (Linden) is nice to whittle, and the wood was seasoned, providing no waste and some heat for the house.

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