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How do you bring in your wood?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by terpsucka, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. fredarm

    fredarm Minister of Fire

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    Firewood cart from the woodpile to the rack in the garage (holds about a week's worth), then LL Bean canvas wood carrier bag from the garage to the stove as needed.

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  2. Bubbavh

    Bubbavh Feeling the Heat

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    +1
    They are just the right size and real easy to carry!
  3. steeltowninwv

    steeltowninwv Minister of Fire

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    Wheelbarrow to sunroom...have a rack in there that holds about 3 days worth...I have a leather firewood carrier I use to bring from sunroom to living room
  4. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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  5. Slow1

    Slow1 Minister of Fire

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    My wood has a complex journey from the winter woodpile to the stove... it is a long trip.

    From the woodpile I load the wood into plastic recycling bins that I set into the wheelbarrow. Two fit nicely in there, this I wheel to the base of my deck, then I carry the plastic bins up to the rack by the back door (22 steps) to unload and fill the rack - about once a week during peak burning season, less often rest of the time (rack holds 1/4 cord). When I need wood inside, I wheel my baker's rack over to the back door and leave the door open as I fill it up, then wheel it next to the stove where it can sit until burning time.

    I have three shelves on this rack and another (without wheels) that also has three shelves next to it by the stove. I burn from the stationary rack, then refill from the wheeled one before refilling it. This rotation of wood gives me nice dry wood and enough supply by the stove that I can go 2-3 days minimum between filling from the back door/deck. This way I decide when to hold the door open and don't have to do it when it is raining, snowing, or blowing bitter cold wind into the house. Generally this is an afternoon task so I don't cool the house down too much.

    My plan is to pass much of these tasks over to the child labor crew as they get strong enough to do so. Last year the oldest (now 9 and 8) were proving quite capable of stacking on the rack as well as loading the boxes at the pile. May be a while before they carry the full boxes up the deck stairs, but I expect they will be filling the baker's rack this winter. With four kids growing up I look forward to lots of help :)
  6. pdxdave

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  7. blacktail

    blacktail Minister of Fire

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    18-gallon black plastic tote from Walmart. Cost less than $4. It's got molded handles and I like having a lid to keep any bugs contained. I just picked up another one yesterday. Second one will go in the garage or just outside the back door on the deck. My wood racks are only about 50ft from the back door so it's not far.
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  8. northwinds

    northwinds Minister of Fire

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    Wheelbarrow to the garage. And then I use a small metal garbage can with handles to take a stoveload from
    the garage to the stove room. All of the "wood mess" stays in the bottom of the garbage can.
  9. SolarAndWood

    SolarAndWood Minister of Fire

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    Do the fortex buckets take the shock of splits being tossed into them in the cold? My buckets invariably look like this by the end of the season. I am thinking I might spray some foam in a new one and then slide this in as a liner.

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  10. KB007

    KB007 Feeling the Heat

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    We use one of those blue shopping bags from Ikea - they're strong and my wife can put as little or as much as she wants to carry (when I'm not around to do the grunt work).
  11. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    Those "hard" buckets are horrible, always cracking when it's cold. The fortex can take the cold. I will say I did notice a differance in flexibility when it was 0F outside, as opposed to 20F, so I took it easier on them.
  12. NH_Wood

    NH_Wood Minister of Fire

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    Same a Jake. I use a wheelbarrow to bring 2 weeks worth of wood from the barn to the attached garage. I use a nylon firewood tote to carry each load from the garage to the stove - the tote holds a little more than a stove full. I was also surprised how well it held up - only one season on it, but the handles are still stitched fine and no wear - carried some heavy loads too. Cheers!
  13. SolarAndWood

    SolarAndWood Minister of Fire

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    Cool thanks.
  14. WoodPorn

    WoodPorn Minister of Fire

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    Last year I got so fed up with trying to push the wheelbarrow through the snow & ice from my stacks up to my garage I built a powered cart from an old snow blower drive, some 6" c-channel, and few HF casters It can hold about 16cf and it has heated handles!

    From the garage I use a canvas sling from hearth and plow.

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  15. NH_Wood

    NH_Wood Minister of Fire

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    Well, that just kick's ass! Cheers!
  16. Got Wood

    Got Wood Minister of Fire

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    I use a garden cart from outside stacks into the garage. The 4 wheels makes it stable and easy to pull along the frozen ground. Leave it on the cart in the garage.

    Here is the one I have:
    http://www.tractorsupply.com/lawn-g...-reg-garden-dump-cart-600-lb-capacity-3502213

    From the garage to the stove I use one of those canvas bags. I like it because the bag doesnt add weight and it helps contain the mess.

    Here is one that is similar to what I have:
    http://www.northlineexpress.com/item/5UW-1171/Square-Canvas-Carrier-with-Sides-Black
  17. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    That thing is awesome! You should market those, put me down for one please.
  18. WoodPorn

    WoodPorn Minister of Fire

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    It has already been mass produced... Google "Muck Truck" I used thier design and did it on a $50 budget!

    Wish I could afford a real one as they are 4wd and have a dump option...
  19. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    Id rather buy one of yours made with used materials, they're pretty expensive
  20. WoodPorn

    WoodPorn Minister of Fire

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    If you come across a snow blower or a snow brush for short $$ let me know, I still have more steel, and the welder. The Casters were like $10 ea.
  21. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    You got it, thanks :)
  22. Slow1

    Slow1 Minister of Fire

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    Now find me a way to make that thing climb the stairs of my deck and I'd be sold!
  23. WoodPorn

    WoodPorn Minister of Fire

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    If I could get that to work I'd be retired by now, I'm an Electrician... not a robotics engineer!!!
  24. snowleopard

    snowleopard Minister of Fire

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    I built a small rack in my sunroom at the stove end with Stack-it Brackets, and a large one under the deck at the other end of the sunroom. I used a cargo sled to carry the wood from the stacks to the under-deck rack, and from there, I hand carried the wood into the house to refill the small rack. I needed to refill that rack twice a week, generally, and this would allow the wood to warm up and shed surface moisture before it went in the stove per manufacturer's instructions to avoid thermal shock.

    One day I was pulling the sled up to the big racks outside, looked at the width of the door, looked at the width of the sled, kept going, and never looked back. The sled pulls across the tile floor without causing any damage that I can see, and I can fill the racks in three sled-loads. Pretty slick . . .

    I still haven't put the small rack back together yet (painting the 2x4s was and remains on my summer to-do list), and we're not going through that much wood, so I bring it in using a sling (with ends), and that works, too.
  25. My Oslo heats my home

    My Oslo heats my home Minister of Fire

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    Out of all the posts to this thread I think your wood trip from pile to the stove is the most labor intense, I feel for you.

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