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Out of places to store/stack wood!

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by CHeath, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. CHeath

    CHeath Member

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    Yes it's a good problem but still a problem. I live in the burbs but its on the outskirts of the city limits but still, it's in the city limits so we have some zoning restrictions. I don't want to push my luck but I have 4 cord of CSS oak on the edge of Woodage that's owned by people 150 miles away and they never visit. Before you guys bust my balls, they could care less if I stacked it there. It's neat as can be. Looks like a wall.

    Ok so I cut 4 60 foot beech trees and 4 50 foot cherry trees. I think I have another 4 cord on the ground. It's cut and split just not stacked. It's on the edge of my yard. I also have another cord CSS and hid on the other side of the house, deep in the woods. I would put it there but it's too much to go down there.

    I live on a half acre. Houses on each side. Just can't fit that much in. I mean I Could! But it hust ain't happening.
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  2. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    We live for pics...
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  3. paul bunion

    paul bunion Minister of Fire

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    I'm with you. I have 1/3 of acre. I burn about three cords a year and I can deal with about 8 cords stacked up tight. So ever 2-3 years I call up my friendly tree service guy with a grapple truck and he gives me a load. And then I process wood for 6 weeks till it is all stacked up. Neighbors don't complain, more than one has told me that they like catching the smell in the winter. I make sure that it burns clean.
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    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    What you have room for is what you have room for.
    How much is that?
    How much do you burn per winter?

    +1

    Avatar shows a big lawn & big stack ;)
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  5. NortheastAl

    NortheastAl Minister of Fire

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    I'm trying to pack as much as I can on 1/4 acre in suburbia. One side I've used the property line to build an attractive fence with the stacked splits. I've got some on those steel racks in the backyard and on the driveway. Still have a bit over a cord we already split to be put somewhere. I like the idea of placing CSS on the property line. To me it looks great, and it acts like a free fence.

    This morning we cut down the Weeping Cherry that died over the winter. Already got it split.
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  6. CHeath

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    pics coming, just wait lol
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    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Been 4 days, still uploading ? LOL :)
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  8. Flame On

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    I have to cram my wood on a tenth of an acre. We have a two car detached in the back that takes up a chunk of the backyard. I stack along the sunny side of that and behind the garage where we get a lot of wind off open parkland. I keep an aisle between the stacks for splitting, sitting, smoking stogies, etc. The kids call it my outdoor mancave.
    I understand the woes of stacking wood in the burbs. Some of my neighbors have stacked along the edge of their properties in the park until we got a nasty letter from the borough about it. The most I can fit without using up the kids' play area is 3 and a half cord. I always have to laugh when guys on here say they are 2, 3, 4. or more years out. I'd be sleeping on top of the wood at that point!
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    ansehnlich1 Minister of Fire

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    CHeath, hey, you didn't have to take my comment a few weeks back so dang serious ya know! I recall seeing a pic of your chimney and replying that there was way too much open space around that house to be considered a REAL wood burner :)

    Sounds like you're into it real good now, and that's just dandy. Stack it higher! And once you have some rows that are fairly open for quicker drying, take a spot and stack about 8 or 10 cord right in a big ole square, cover it up, and forget about it. It ain't going anywhere.

    I still have folks concerned when they see my woodpiles and I tell 'em some of that stuff's been sitting there for 4 or 5 years....they always say "you better burn it or it's gonna rot"....but reality is, it's just fine.
  10. Joful

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    I cram all of my wood into much less than 0.1 acre. I think my entire stacking area is only a little over 1000 sq.ft., which is enough to hold 18 cords.
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    brian89gp Feeling the Heat

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    I fit 7 cord on less then 200 sq/ft. Going 7' tall helps a lot.
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    dyerkutn Feeling the Heat

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    It is good to see that there are other people stacking wood in the burbs--I thought everyone on this forum lives in the country with tons of woods and land. I have a new stove I haven't been able to break in yet but I am collecting wood and stacking it on palllets I collected from various places . SO far 1 1/2 cord on about 12 pallets stacked 4 feet and criss cross for drying--all techniques I learned on this forum. Fortunately my back yard is well off the street, I have great side neighbors and a small woods behind my yard to separate me from the neighbors behind so I don't think they will mind if I build up a stock of 3 or 4 cords. I could probably fit lots more--now that kids are grown up I don't really need the yard and I would rather not mow--I can't think of a better use than stacking wood (too hilly for croquet)
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    I have about 13 cords on 1/4 acre. My lot is 100x100. The back property line is a 4-5 foot tall, 4' deep wood privacy fence. This is one of the two stacks.
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    The scrounge I just started on last week will be stacked at the location until next winter. The woman wanted the tree cut up, but I told her that I have no room for it at home. She told me I could stack it anywhere convenient on her 4 acres. I should have a 3+ cord remote stack by the end of the summer.
  15. Joful

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    Well, I'm not exactly in the burbs, and I have a few acres, but I still stack my wood in a 1000 sq.ft. area! I could certainly stack in less space than that, but I leave 6 feet between rows, so I can drive my compact utility tractor with trailer down the roads and load / unload.
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    Still waiting ;)
  17. CHeath

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    The cherry is on the left. Way less than I cculated. Not a cord. Maybe a half but its unsplit rounds. On the right is the 4 beech. These puppies were huge. These have only been split once and need one more and some need two. Heavy wood right here. My moisture meter maxes out at 47% and 10 of 10 spots checked 47. I've never seen wood this saturated. No wonder I didn't have grass! It didn't get any water! Anyhow. I cleaned out a place in the woods about 90 yards from the house. Bag
    I know. It's not a good idea and ol backwoods savage won't like it at all but I have no choice. I can't put it anywhere else. Heck the field it's layin in now is not mine lol. Good thing is that the people that own The land are about 3 hours away, elderly and filthy rich. They won't be up here anytime.
  18. CHeath

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    Look accross the driveway, back behind that pompass bush. That wood area on the edge of the field. That's where it's gonna be stacked.
  19. Flame On

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    I think I need to qualify my post above. The tenth of an acre is my whole lot. It fits the house, the driveway, the garage, the swing-set, and a spit of grass to throw the ball on. That leaves precious little for stacking, especially stacks that will get some wind and sun.
  20. Joful

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    I hear you, and understood when you first wrote, but had to have some fun with it, anyway. I never lived on 0.1 acres, but I did spend a few years living on 0.2 acres, and finding a place to stack bunches of wood would have been tight!

    How do your neighbors take to your hobby? When I lived on 0.2 acres, whatever I did in my back yard severely affected my neighbors, and vice versa.
  21. Flame On

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    A good deal of the wood is behind the garage along the park fence line, so no worries. I have a single stack along the side of the garage that I go out of my way to keep nice and neat because it is on the one neighbor's side. He's doesn't seem to mind, although a couple years ago that stack collapsed.into his yard. I think I caught it and got it cleaned up before he came home, but to be honest I don't know how long it was there.
  22. CHeath

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    After 4 pickup loads, it finally looks like I am making progress. Beech is the heaviest freaking wood I've ever picked up!! Sheesh!
  23. CHeath

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    Yes I know that cherry needs to be split and resplit. That ain't happening anytime soon. It i can't get it moved without collapsi g I'll be ok. I'll split it later.

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