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Post in 'The Boiler Room - Wood Boilers and Furnaces' started by henfruit, Apr 13, 2014.
I found some tote cages for storage.They hold a little less than 1/3 cord.
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Nice! The local hardware store sells firewood like that.
We have hundreds at work I was thinking about using them to
What's it like loading into them? And then picking off the stack half way down when you need to feed your fire? thanks.
I have been scrounging here for some of those for a long time. Only ones out there I can find still have plastic tanks inside them and are $100 +, so I'm still looking. I would LOVE to find a few - I'd mod them up so they could be collapsed when empty, take some material out of the sides so the wood could be accessed better, and maybe extend the ends a couple feet with some scrap lumber pieces.
Any idea what it takes to lift those and transport?
Full weight? Oak, 1300lbs sound right?
the pallets that I have hold a half a cord that is rock maple and Beachwood.my tractor has a lift capacity of 2300 pounds.but they lift really easy my best guess is 1500 to 1700 pounds. so I think you're right 1300 pounds at best?
Henfruit, how long are your splits?
The splits are 18 inches. I cut the end out and just left the top bar in place. With the size wood I have it = 35 cubic feet each.
Phil, how long are yours.
2 rows of 20 inch. I round the pallet up when stacking.
If you leave a bottom container level can you stack the metal baskets?
I am trying to stay 5 years ahead on wood, I would need one big pile of cages to store everything like that. Repeated handling gets old after a while.
That's sweet. Eventually, I would like to have all my wood in trays or on pallets like flying cow. Reducing the handling to bare minimum !! But I still need a better chainsaw, a splitter, a wood boiler, a shop, a tractor and a 5 year plan (Think I will get close to 2 seasons ahead by mid-summer) !! ...but I am getting there, 1 split at the time !!
Better chain say? If you still have the Dolmar 115 in you signature you will be hard to find a more durable saw than that.
Ahhah, good catch on my spelling error hey The old dolmar is still running but starting to how sign of ages, and parts are not so easy to find. I would like to get a new or newer saw and keep my old one as a spare!
I've been eyeing those around all the cotton farmer's barns Hen but just figured they'd be too pricy so was planning FC's approach. Good to know 1/3 chord/per cage so at 5 chords need ~15 cages/season or about 30 for one season ahead.... But this is my goal also, stack in the cage and next time my hands are on it is to put it in the boiler. Did you cut the far side of the cage open for loading/unloading? Yeah that looks about perfect. Congrats
I am lucky to have an unlimited supply of pallets down the road so i put them to good use. Simple to make them into firewood storage pallets by adding vertical supports to hold the wood. With the forks on my tractor, I take the pallets into the woods where the wood is cut and split and load them. Right into the shed they go. I can do a double stack by throwing a couple sheets of plywood on top of the first row then stack the next row on top as the photos show. I have had my Econoburn in the basement without storage for 4 years now, but this summer I am making the big move to a new outside shed with 500 gallons of storage. Started clearing the area today for the new shed for the boiler and storage. Like GG says keep your handling to a minimum. With my system , I load the bins once and will simply tractor them from the shed into the boiler shed without handling.
I have done the pallets. They don't seem to hold up well. I paid $20.00 a piece for the cages.
That is a great price! I have seen them for here for $50 but that's the lowest.
Even at $20 a piece I would need 90+ to get my wood all loaded, thats $1800 ouch!
I made one out of pallets for my shorts / odd un-stackables. It seems like those would be great for that.
The only cages/ totes in my area look to be bit smaller then hens. My problem with my pallet system is I have to be very careful with the forks on the tractor. Can't see when sliding forks underneath. Will do damage pretty quickly. I've got a local guy that's in the refurbishing business with pallets. If I'm patient he'll build me thosethat you see in the picture for 12 bucks apiece. I've also built my own.but what he builds is a much better setup.he builds them when things get slow and what the pallets he cant refurbish.
I really like to have at least a half a cord per pallet. going to see if I can come up with the system that will hold at least 2/3 to three-quarters of a cord.
That's quite a bit of weight on a FEL, if it's decent solid hardwood. Using a couple of pallet setups here, the biggest one measures out to about 0.4 cord. I might stretch it close to 1/2 cord if I can round it up right. That's big enough for me. That last ones I made are around 1/3 cord, I think, if I round them up some. They're just about right for my setup and using a pallet jack to wheel them into the basement. If I could find $20 cages here I would be all over that - keeping wood ones in decent shape is a bit of a PITA. I did scrounge some plastic pallets here last year that I haven't got around to cabbaging up sides on yet.
it is a lot of weight. I have a 75 horsepower tractor. handles the pallets very easy.