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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Fod01, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. Fod01

    Fod01 Feeling the Heat

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    I used up my entire wood ring over the weekend. The blizzard/ subsequent rain soaked the stacks. I'm not happy. Good thing I only supplement the oil heat. <>

    The nights are supposed to get cold this week, so I brought a few armloads into the basement to hopefully dry out.

    Maybe I'll wise up and actually build a woodshed. These tarps ain't cutting it.

    Gabe

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  2. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Right. Usually by this time of the year the tarps are trash. But I would not worry too much as it is just surface moisture and that can dry really fast.
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  3. BobUrban

    BobUrban Minister of Fire

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    Put a fan on it and it will dry rather quickly. If there is a safe space near the stove keeping the "next" load near the current one burning will make it all good.
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  4. Pallet Pete

    Pallet Pete Guest

    A good breeze will dry it in no time. I don't tarp anything but the top anymore it actually dries faster and stays dryer without being covered all the way. If your covering it on the sides it will create a green house effect.

    Pete
  5. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Do I hear the gears turning & a wood shed taking shape this year ?
    Did the tarp thing for years, built the woodshed & have not looked back.
    except to wonder:
    "What Took Me So Long" ? ! :)
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  6. formula_pilot

    formula_pilot Member

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    That storm this weekend changed my view on woodsheds. I always thought top covering the stacks would be enough, no true need for a shed. After the storm, I found my previously dry stacks are better now decribed as " blocks of snow and ice impregnated with fire wood". I now understand the real, big reason why some people build woodsheds.
  7. glennm

    glennm Burning Hunk

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    Where are all the guys that dont cover their wood this week (likely outside with shovels?)
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  8. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    tarps are a PITA! Ultimately I too want to build a shed, but no time to do so right now. So I found a ton of rubber roofing at a local demolition business this past summer and man, what a difference that makes! My wood has never been so dry, and we've had rain after rain after rain this past fall. Anyway, even though it possibly would dry out in the wind, with the cold and rain it takes forever. I'll be keeping my stacks covered!
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  9. Fod01

    Fod01 Feeling the Heat

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    The forecast WAS for 3 days of sun, so I uncovered yesterday. Top layer looked decent.

    Now we're looking at maybe getting another 4" starting tonight, so the dance begins again.... wood to the garage, cover the stacks.

    Gets old.
  10. wingsfan

    wingsfan Feeling the Heat

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    I don't have a normal wood shed per say, but I am fortunate to have an old animal barn with no animals, The roof leaked like a siv until last year, when we reroofed it. Now I keep my piles outside in the sun and wind till time to burn then I can keep about 6 cords in the barn in just one bay..Nice and dry all winter long.

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