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How to combat this???

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by claybe, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. claybe

    claybe Member

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    1. I love to collect wood
    2. I love to split wood
    3. I love to stack wood
    4. I hate leaving the warmth of the wood stove to go outside to drag in 5 bags of wood in the freezing cold wind and snow to last a few days.

    I think I need to design an automated conveyer belt to bring the wood to my door!!!

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  2. jdp1152

    jdp1152 Minister of Fire

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    If you don't experience the cold, you'll never enjoy your heat. Love/hate, happy/sad, yada yada yada. Personally I try to step out into the evening cold a few times a night just to get fresh air and listen to winter. Grabbing more wood is just an excuse to do so.
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  3. Jon1270

    Jon1270 Minister of Fire

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    "Truly to enjoy bodily warmth,some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself."

    Herman Melville / Moby Dick
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    That said, maybe you need a better coat or boots or hat? Or to stack your wood (you love doing that!) closer to the door? Or to develop the habit of bringing in some wood whenever you're outside for any reason?
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  4. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    Are you married?.............
  5. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    Winter is not a season, it's an occupation. ~Sinclair Lewis;)
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  6. HDRock

    HDRock Minister of Fire

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    I use one of these , holds more than 5 bags, pile it up high, use bungee to hold wood down, drag it up to the door, stack in house 2-3 days worth

    Tuff Stuff Products Large All Purpose Mixing Tub, 26 gal. / 3.5 cu. ft.

    $17.99 At TS

    Brand: Tuff Stuff
    Width: 36 in.
    Total Length: 24 in.
    Height: 8 in.
    Capacity: 26 gal./3.5 cu. ft.
    Material: Plastic
    Overall Color: Black
    Warranty: 1-Year Limited

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  7. Jon1270

    Jon1270 Minister of Fire

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    I've got a similar sled that I use for urban scrounging - very helpful for getting wood out of back yards, and doesn't tear up the lawn like something with wheels might. Mine is the KL Industries Utility Sled, which costs a few bucks more and has runners molded into the bottom, making it easier to control on slopes.
  8. fabsroman

    fabsroman Minister of Fire

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    What the heck is a "bag" of wood? Is a bag the equivalent of a split? At first, I thought we were talking about potato sacks of wood or something.

    I hardly have to deal with going outside to get wood when it is snowing/raining. I built a rack in the basement that is 4' x 4' x 8' and it holds enough wood for a week or more. I watch the weather forecast and make sure it is stocked up prior to any rain or snow in the forecast. I also have two 8' tall racks just by the door, so it isn't that big of a deal even if the rack inside is not loaded up.

    Then, I go and spend 10 hours freezing in a waterfowl blind so I can appreciate the warmth when I get home. Then again, with all the gear I have nowadays for hunting and fishing, I don't get anywhere near as cold as I did when I was in my teens and twenties.
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  9. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    When I lived in Belgium firewood was delivered in 'bags' of about 1/2 cord that were offloaded from a flatbed truck with an onboard crane. They were very large bags of some sort of canvas looking material.This type of delivery was not limited to wood; crushed stone, paving stone and all sorts of building materiasl were delivered in bags, Trucks are expensive in Europe; this system seemed to make a truck more versaile. Contractors did not need dump trucks for gravel and flat trucks for timber.
  10. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    Sounds like the opening mantra form my weekly woodoholic's meeting!;lol
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  11. Jon1270

    Jon1270 Minister of Fire

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    fabsroman Minister of Fire

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    Learned something new today. Never even knew they made anything like that to move wood. Me, I just pile it into a cart and bring it through the door.
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    I use a Tuffduck by Condar Move it from porch to house. Holds a good sized load and keeps the clean up to a minimum. Pretty durable tote.
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    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    Get one of these! Going out to get wood is fun while getting to play on the tractor, my girls love getting to ride along as well.
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  15. red oak

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    Exactly - set up some kind of space inside that will hold a few day's or a week's worth. Then pick and choose when you go out to get more. For me it's once a week, usually on Sunday afternoon, usually during commercials of a football game. Also good to have some close, just outside the door, in case my estimate of a week's worth of wood is a little short...
  16. midwestcoast

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    I gotta say, just suck it up!
    I don't pretend to be the toughest dude around, but a couple minutes outside each evening won't kill you (unless you happen to be at like 10,000' there, in which case I will shut up). Look, it's what you sign up for when you put in a wood burner. Gotta feed the beast. It gets old every year sometime around late Feb or early March for me. If you're cursing it in January you got a long haul ahead of you.
    Try to do it right when you come home from work, walking the dog or getting your MANicure. That way you eliminate the 'can't peel my azz off the couch' phenomenon that afflicts me in winter & many others I imagine.
  17. Thistle

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    Most of my workday is spent outdoors in all kinds of weather -zero degrees this time of year to 95+ in July/August.Its no big deal,just part of the plan when cutting/splitting/stacking/burning wood.A few minutes outdoors is refreshing.I watch the forecast,when its gonna be rain,ice or snow coming in I'll bring enough in the garage & house to last 3-4 days.Cover up all the dry wood stacks outside before storm hits,plus I keep about 1/2 cord just outside garage door next to house for 'emergencies'.In case I dont want to walk 50 ft through deep snow,across the icy driveway or in the rain to the covered stacks out back near the fences.
  18. claybe

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    You nailed it!!! I suffer from this ailment and can't find the cure. I certainly don't mind being out in the cold as we snowmobile and camp in sub zero weather. I am very happy that I have a diagnosis. Now I can work on a cure!!!

    Love the tractor too! Hopefully one will be in my future.

    The bag is something my wife bought me so I feel obligated to use it. It only carries 5 to 7 splits at a time. It takes 10 trips to fill my wood storage area inside. I guess that is what is annoying. I do like the sled idea so I can cut down the number of trips.
  19. HDRock

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    Dang ! 8' tall racks how tall are you ?

    The inexpensive tub/sled deals are also available at Lowe's, Menards, HD etc ,small and large.
    I also use the tub to drag wood up onto the back deck to fill a 6ft long rack next to the door, the rack I built from free pallet wood ,has a tarp roof.

    Here is a big long Sled
    At Menards
    66" Expedition Sled with 9' Rope
    $24.99

    With a 20% off coupon, 60 bucks for one of these
    Steel Mesh Deck Wagon
    Just print the coupon, can be used over n over once per day

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    FWIW, a big sled like that might hold more firewood than you'd care to pull, especially if the path is sloped, and also be harder to take around corners. A 36" sled is plenty for me.
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    I have a log tote. It keeps the sweeping and vacuuming down significantly in the house. I have the top one in the link. It is on its third season but this is likely the last one. Good for the price.
  22. HDRock

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    Ya, the big sled might be heavy loaded up, but I'm just throwing ideas out there, and It is a good price for that.
    That long sled could be used to strap down some 4-5ft logs and drag em out of the woods with lawn tractor or ATV.
  23. Jon1270

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    Yep, probably perfect for that.
  24. mepellet

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    one of the many reasons I went with a pellet stove. I store a whole seasons worth of pellets in my basement. Will soon be upgrading the old wood stove though but due to the ease of the pellet stove, it will likely remain the primary source if heat.
  25. fabsroman

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    With that comment you made me debate their height, so I went outside and measured them. Turns out I cut a foot off of the 2x4's when I built them, so they are 7' tall, not 8', and I am 5' 9" to answer your direct question.

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