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    Where do people buy woodfibre insulation from?

    I need 1-2m² of insulation for a project and would like to try some woodfibre boards. My builders merchant and timber yard don't stock it, unless I order a whole pallet. There are online sellers and eBay but shipping is £50+.

    Does anyone know how/where to buy a small quantity of woodfibre boards?
    • CommentAuthorEd Davies
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2021
     
    You could try MGM Timber: https://www.mgmtimber.co.uk/insulation-membranes/insulation/natural-insulation

    Nearest branches to you aren't quite a near as I'd hoped: Inverness and Dundee.
    • CommentAuthorjfb
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2021
     
    if you are passing Oxford you can have a few of mine!

    sorry not much help......
    • CommentAuthorwookey
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2021
     
    I've got a couple of spare full 40mm boards and lots of smaller offcuts (mostly 80 and 100mm. (Cambridge). I'd try ebay or lookout for local jobs. Every one will have a board or two left over. It is heavy and bulky and not very robust so expensive to ship (and likely to get damaged if not on a pallet)
    There is also the website 'enviromate', intended to help re-use of leftover building materials:
    https://www.enviromate.co.uk/
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    Sincerely, thank you! To the folks who very kindly offered boards, that was unexpected and very much appreciated! GBF is a wonderful place.

    I have been looking into shipping quotes, I can see what Wookey means, it doesn't look like it's economic to deliver it in small quantities. So regretfully I'll have to pass this time.

    I will continue to look for a local supplier, or maybe an eBay seller with access to better postage rates. Meanwhile I will re-plan the garage repairs with the same EPS insulation as existing.

    Thanks again all!
    • CommentAuthorSimonD
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2021 edited
     
    Posted By: WillInAberdeenit doesn't look like it's economic to deliver it in small quantities.


    Transport seems to be a killer for a lot of materials nowadays, I've just been quoted £300 + VAT for delivery of about £600 worth of lime render! I'm thinking I might just order all my lime putty and aggregate for internal plastering so I don't get stuffed for the next delivery.

    Only related to woodfibre in the sense that's it's going on woodfibre boards :smile:
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2021
     
    Posted By: SimonDTransport seems to be a killer for a lot of materials nowadays

    There seem to be some firms that know how to arrange economic transport and others who don't. I just ordered a pallet full of one mulch that included free delivery (with a surcharge of £12 or so for the Highlands) but am planning to collect a similar/somewhat smaller delivery myself from a supplier maybe 40 miles away who wanted £45 to deliver £54 of goods. Once I'm allowed to drive the 40 miles of course :)

    For another example, Amazon seems to have irrational policies. I can add a small item to an order to get free delivery and then they ship it separately! I have no idea how that makes sense.

    I can definitely see that minimising the number of deliveries in the present circumstances could well be a policy that pays. It might also be worth considering paying one of the national pallet transporters yourself, but that's just a possibility.
    • CommentAuthorSimonD
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2021 edited
     
    Posted By: djh
    Posted By: SimonDTransport seems to be a killer for a lot of materials nowadays

    There seem to be some firms that know how to arrange economic transport and others who don't. I just ordered a pallet full of one mulch that included free delivery (with a surcharge of £12 or so for the Highlands) but am planning to collect a similar/somewhat smaller delivery myself from a supplier maybe 40 miles away who wanted £45 to deliver £54 of goods. Once I'm allowed to drive the 40 miles of course :)

    For another example, Amazon seems to have irrational policies. I can add a small item to an order to get free delivery and then they ship it separately! I have no idea how that makes sense.

    I can definitely see that minimising the number of deliveries in the present circumstances could well be a policy that pays. It might also be worth considering paying one of the national pallet transporters yourself, but that's just a possibility.


    You may be right, I could try and shop around. The only problem I've got with palletised freight is getting the stuff up my driveway when they take the pallets off the back of the lorry so I'm being quoted for crane offload. However, they've quoted me twice the price of the 2 lorries worth of insulation that also came with crane offload, so seems a bit weird.

    I despise the way Amazon do this and try my hardest not to use the company. I've just experienced something similar where I just needed a couple of extra charging cables. These cable where supposedly next day delivery. Then I got an email saying they're delayed only to find out they've been shipped from Germany! To me that's just insane. Overall my order will have come in 3 deliverys.
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2021
     
    Posted By: SimonDYou may be right, I could try and shop around. The only problem I've got with palletised freight is getting the stuff up my driveway when they take the pallets off the back of the lorry so I'm being quoted for crane offload.

    Our driveway is gravel so I have a problem. I found that if I lay some spare hardboard sheets on the gravel then the powered pallet trucks can move over that without too much trouble. Then I put tarps over it all until I can unload the pallets and recover the hardboard.
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