Need to build firewood storage in back yard. Going to do it in the back near the fence under some cypress trees. Was thinking of using pallets for bottom and sides but there are metal stands to stack it on 4 feet tall 8 ft wide for like 60 off amazon. Might put two of those in with a little space for air. Going to need some pressure treated to build a sheet metal roof of something over the top. Anyone know any tricks to doing this cheap and easy?
Its away from the house to avoid bugs and maybe fire but mostly bugs and other pests living in it. I need to keep the rain off somehow but looking at other setups it seems people are only somewhat concerned about rain. I know tarping it completely is a bad idea cause it needs airflow and mold avoidence.
Anyone know how much I need to give a shit about rain? Will the wood just not soak the rain internally once its matched the humidity of the air? Just looking to make a good plan on how to do this.
You don't want to use pallets, at least not for the bottom part that's going to touch the ground. It's shit wood that will rot away after a couple years outside. Those tube steel racks you mentioned are really your best bet. They're dirt cheap and they hold up for a long time, especially if you put bricks under the legs so they're not touching the ground. I've had 2 of them set up in my backyard for probably close to a decade now.
Not sure about covering it though, mine are under a 2' cantilever on the back of the house so it keeps dry enough.
YA I've got a bunch of cinder blocks I was going to just build on those. The cheap steel racks seem like a good idea. Probably just need to build a four post sheet metal or shingle roof and be done with it. Could just use a 5 gallon bucket with cement for each post and bury them with a bit of stone under each.
How durable is that? I was thinking for the cost I should just build 4 posts with a roof overhead. Shouldn't be much materials.
Well it would be more about using a greenhouse effect and vents to increase local air temp and more rapidly dry wood but not so good for storage.
Love having a stove that's big enough to fit whole logs without splitting them, all I need to do is cut them the right length when I cut down dead trees on my property.
Practically have a giant furnace. It can heat my entire house. Although those german wood art designs are really cool. It would be super inefficient for me to split my wood.
Bavarian bros know how to stack wood like crazy
Well you would typically have used coppice wood which is smaller diameter
Anons roughy how much wood do you use in a year?
>Wife and I bought a house (~1500 square feet or so) last year.
>Came with a rack for 2 cords.
>Already burned through those 2 cords this winter trying to use it as our primary heat source.
I'm going to build something along the lines of pic related to get us up to 4 cords.
Don't put support bars in the front because it will be a pain in the ass to load/unload wood, do corner braces like pic related instead. Also don't put anything solid on the sides as they'll rot out in no time. Might want to dill a few holes on the bottom or put it on top of a few bricks for airflow too.
Where are you seeing supports in the front? If anything I'll add some corner bracing at the rear of the rack.
Maybe a good call on the sides. Might be cheaper just to use some of the strapping there too
>Where are you seeing supports in the front?
The horizontal bars above i mean. Those will be in the way when you're loading/unloading wood, unless this things is supposed to be huge? The sides will rot for sure, especially if it's going to be fully loaded for drying because they'll be pushing out on the sides and will trap moisture.
Horizontal bars are to support sheet metal roofing. Each bay is a bit north of 1 cord ~4ft tall at the rear ~5 at the front. The whole thing is a bit north of 16ft wide.
not sure how big that is supposed to be but it looks like its just going to be bend by the firefood and probably even break.
Also the groves are in the wrong direction the wood will just fall down and you have to fish it up again
5-8 cubic meters for about 100sqm house. That involves both heating and cooking occasionally.
>Metal T posts. Two on the ends and every six feet.
>You can build a bottom frame with recycled/scrap lumber. Spray painting can help with longevity. If you know any tree cutters, you could ask what it would cost to get 4 inch thick cookies cut off of larger logs. It could be free if you are willing to drive and pick the cookies up at a job site.
>Drape a tarp over it.
Or if you can find a pallet for the base? Just stack it as nicely as possible, cover with a tarp.
I've dealt with firewood rounds and have split said rounds, for most of my life. If you just want some good solid info to go off of?
>Never stack or pile something over your head, unless you have machinery to move/manipulate such a pile safely.
>If you don't get flooding levels of water, during the time of year you plan on storing the wood? You can get away with no base and just posts. Only the bottom most layer will get punky and rotten.
>Ideally, you have a weather proof firewood box that is very close to whatever door you exit to go get firewood for the fire. Enough storage for two or three nights worth of burning. And then your larger store is in an accessable distance from said firewood box.
>Depending on your local tree species and willingness to split? You may be able to season green cut wood from the spring for the following winter. You got to store it in direct sunlight, with a dark tarp covering it. Could possibly safe you some money on seasoned and split wood.
>Going to need some pressure treated to build a sheet metal roof of something over the top. Anyone know any tricks to doing this cheap and easy?
German engineering so advanced that they use the firewood itself to build it.
most of the racks in this thread hold like 3 days worth of wood
just lay 2x4s on the ground and stack the wood
You just go bark up and that takes care of rain and snow?
Lazy wood hustlers like to leave it uncovered so it looks "seasoned" faster. Of course it dries better covered. I just use a frame topped with 6mil vapor barrier on an angle. The clear plastic lets the sun through too
That larping dumbass is getting dirt on his chain
>That larping dumbass is getting dirt on his chain
Not like that ain't gonna happen anyway. Felled trees have a way of being close to the ground. The LARPier bit is him lugging that huge ass felling saw around when there's quite obviously no felling happening at this point in time. Also, I do question the utility of that souped up golf cart/ATV cross (I'm sure these have a name but I can't be arsed to look it up) and matching toy sized trailer. It can carry maybe 3 wheelbarrow's worth. And what he's got piled up behind him is hundreds of wheelbarrows' worth. Normally you use a tractor with a directly attached bucket or - terrain permitting a big flatbed. Anything smaller and you spend most of your time just driving back and forth a lot.
i'm felling dead standing timber from a forest, good luck getting anything much bigger than an ATV in there
That bad? I got last year's firewood from a patch of forest considered so bad nobody really wants to work it round here (steep hills on either side of a swampy valley with a creek through the middle, few aisles where the small (34hp) tractor fit). Even there, we were able to winch all logs somewhere the guy with the forest crane could pick them up.
it's in the Alaskan bush
bro just stack it up on your covered porch under a tarp like a normal ass wood burning American.
Look, bro. From a country boy to a city boy, unless you’re about to turn this into a $5000 a year venture, you’re overthinking the hell out of this. My mom lived in a house heated solely by a wood-burning stove for about 15 years. And, we kept her wood stacked on the ground between two oak trees about 10 feet apart covered by a tarp. Never had a problem. In an extended period of wet weather conditions, you’re going to maybe lose that bottom row. But again, unless you’re selling the shit, it’s a negligible loss. It’ll do just fine for your cute lil fire pit made from landscaping stones you got from Home Depot.
I get 10 cord delivered in the spring. Leave it outside uncovered on pallets for the summer, and bring it to an outside covered area 1 cord at a time in the winter. I throw the pallets out or burn them in a brush fire in the spring and get new pallets
This isn't that fucking complicated.