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Trash Cans To Move Wood

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by velvetfoot, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    The weatherman is predicting some precipitation so I though I'd bring in some wood. I have a few trash cans so I put the splits in them and wheeled them into the garage with a dolly. I think it has potential.

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  2. DexterDay

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    Is the phone a BB?

    Mine always rotated the pics.

    Nice job on the cans. Good idea and with a dolly, very easy to move.
  3. XJma

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    What about that trailer in the pic, load that bad boy up and pull it into the garage.
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  4. velvetfoot

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    I'm lazy-it does take a while to. put together, but you're right. I did get rid of the wood sides I had made for the trailer because they were warped. Plus there was only a cord or do on the driveway-most is stacked in the garage. If I went with all driveway staking I'd definitely think more about the trailer. I can get the wood closer to the stove by moving the cans into the attached breeze way, just not drag it into the house!
  5. bogydave

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    I like the trash can idea.
    Saves some of the mess too by keeping it in the bottom.

    Have you been burning 24/7 yet?
    Looks like a mix of precip, drive safe.

    Shouldn't you be getting snow soon?
  6. velvetfoot

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    Yes, 24 x 7. Just got through the piles of chunks. The splits are burning so much nicer, mostly because they are dryer. Some snow is coming this weekend and next week but it won't be much.

    True about the mess, and it's more compact than a pile in the garage.
  7. Cross Cut Saw

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    You get some of those cans with wheels and I think you're onto something.

    You could slap a sticker that says "wood transporter" and charge $5 more than they do for the trash can!
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    Nice! I use Rubbermaid Storage totes to bring in from the pile to the stove area and it works great. I'm just wondering how you get your garbage cans to stick to the wall like that...;)
  9. velvetfoot

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    A fleet of those trash cans with wheels could get spendy. They'd be heavy and I don't think would be easy or compact to stack like the ordinary 30 gal. cans, when they're not in use. The pneumatic tires on the dolly makes transport over bumpy ground easier. I will grant you the trash cans are taller, but that'd make grabbing the ones on the bottom harder.

    With 10 cans at 30 gallons each, with some overage because of extension over the top of the cans, I figure I have about .35 cords of wood in the cans. It was loaded very quickly, with tilting the can forward and laying the splits in there off the stack on the driveway. I didn't have far to push the cans with the dolly, but like I said, it's got potential. I'm finding I use the cans a lot for different things, and they stack compactly, stored out of sight behind the wood pile when not in use.
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    Fixed the rotated pic.
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    Those folding trailers are a PITA. I recently bought one primarily for the wheels, hubs, and fenders. After consideration I chopped it down and made a smaller stronger yard trailer out of it. (only a slight bend in it after sandy. Good thing it has suspension)

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  12. velvetfoot

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    I use that folding trailer every once in a while. Last time I used it was for drywall. I've also used it to bring my old insert to a friend who bought it :) , brought home some bushes, etc. Like I said, every once in a while. It'd be nice to have a pickup, but I don't think I'd use it that much for what it was made for.
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    Now that I'm thinking of it, with the right size rubbermaid container, say some multiplier of 16" (+), you could put a lot of wood in them, maybe they'd be light enough to stack (uh-oh, more work). :) Think is, I had a hard time getting my wife to accept the decorative iron firewood dolly sitting next to the stove, nevermind a rubbermaid container. The debris containment would be a big plus though...
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    dolly + trash cans good....
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    Totes are very functional, but aren't very pretty next to the hearth.... If it was up to me i'd leave the totes right next to the stove filled with wood, but my lovely wife insist on using the log holder next to it. Shes the boss!
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    Build a wood box (all nice, nice) that will hold the tote inside. Win/win.
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    Looks like a good system that works well for you.
    You use trash cans, I use recycle bins = I'm Greener :p
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    Project for next weekend!
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  19. velvetfoot

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    I use a wheeled trash can at the end of our driveway for the UPS/FedEx guys to put packages in. I know that when I have a smallish package, it's quite the reach.
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    I have 3 trash cans I wanted to get rid of. NOT NOW . TY
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    Velvetfoot, I like your idea with the trash cans. Makes me wonder if you could build a wood box with a door that would open both in front and on top. When the one is empty, you could open the front door and wheel the new one right in. Then just open the top to remove the wood as needed for the stove.
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    Dennis, you mean a box to cover the trash can? I think that's an excellent idea and would eliminate some extra wood handling. I think, and my wife especially so, that it would take up too much floor space.
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    It would take up some room for sure so it might work only in a very large room. Seems like a good solution though if room allows it.
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    I guarantee you, that is an inefficient way to store it. Way too much wasted space. I go from the woodshed on a truck dolly, to a woodrack on my porch I built for $6 out of 2x3's and some scrap. It holds nearly a week's worth, if piled high.
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    I use trash cans too except I put kindling in them. For wood I used some crap 2x4's and made a rack that holds a loose truckload of splits. I back the truck up to the wood shed and then back it up to the basement door since it is on a walk out and load the basement up. I only have to do this once a month.

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