For the last two years, we have provided 99% of our heating and domestic hot water requirements in the winetr months by burning wood in an EKO gasification boiler. Works great, but now I'm trying to reduce the amount of handling and work involved - laziness is the mother of invention. About half of what we burn is buckthorn, a nasty invasive species that rarely grows to more than 5" diameter. The balance is a mix of whatever damaged trees need to be thinned - apple, birch, ash, hickory, locust, cherry. Other constraints: - Because the gasification boiler requires really dry wood, our wood needs to season covered, with good air circulation, for at least a year after it's cut and split. - We can store one year's worth of wood under the deck next to the house, where it can easily be passed into the basement. Wood stored under the deck will not dry very well. - The basement boiler room can hold a couple of weeks worth of wood. - Messy wood processing is not allowed near the house. Our current process is as follows: 1) Cut the tree 2) Drag it to horizontal with the dozer or tractor 3) Section the trunk (if over 5" or so) into 21" logs 4) Section the limbs into 84" (quad length) logs 5) Bring sawhorse to pile (still in the woods) and cut quad logs in batches to 21" lengths 6) Throw the logs into a trailer and bring to the 'processing' area 7) Split any logs that require splitting 8) Load logs onto gardenway cart and transport to stack area (very nearby) 9) Stack all wood in covered piles for seasoning (a year goes by at this point) 10) Load logs into gardenway cart and transport to deck 11) Stack wood under deck 12) Pass wood into basement (every couple of weeks during the winter) 13) Stack wood in basement 14) Burn it. The sawhorse was a big improvement, but I feel like we're handling the wood too much. I'm thinking of building a set of wooden crib frames about 6' long by 4' high that could be carried on the tractor forks. If I combined that with a tractor mounted woodsplitter, we could load the frame in the woods, carry it directly to the seasoning area, then pick it up again when it's dry and put it under the deck. If the frame had a plywood / EPDM 'roof', the wood would be covered with no extra effort. Has anyone done something along these lines? Any other ideas that I should consider?