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What do you store wood in in house?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Machria, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. Jon1270

    Jon1270 Minister of Fire

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    I bent this carrier / holder from a single piece of electrical conduit. I may paint it before next season.

    I have a quarter-cord rack in the basement, divided in half. When one half is empty, I refill it from the outdoor stacks and start burning from the other half, so that the wood has at least a few days to warm up before its used. The carrier I made will hold enough wood to pack my insert solid, with a couple of sticks left over. That's about all I care to carry up the stairs at once anyhow.

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  2. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Home made woodbox built out of scrap 2 x 4s and tongue and groove pine that I had kicking around. I did buy a plastic tote for the inside to keep most of the mess inside the tote. Separate area for the kindling, matches, etc. Hooks on the side for my flashlight, IR thermometer, gloves, etc.

    It's not fancy, but it works . . . and it's getting less fancy . . . I mean more distressed looking thanks to Harry S Truman who seems to like sharpening his claws on it (better that than the grandfather clock, sofa, etc.)

    Sorry about the pics . . . old pics . . . and it was in the early season so I was burning my "uglies."

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  3. Machria

    Machria Minister of Fire

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    Wow, some GREAT ideas here....

    I'm also thinking about one of those large square padded coffee tables with storage inside them. Just put the wood in there, nobody will ever see it, and the crumbs stayin the box/table. Kind of like one of these, but they make them with pads on top, that way you can sit/lay on it in front of the stove as well.....

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  4. Machria

    Machria Minister of Fire

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    Love that setup, that's awesome!
  5. lowroadacres

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    The photo isn't great but it is what I had on file on my phone. The Woodbox is on wheels so we can move it out from the wall to sweep once in a while. It is right by the basement window where we load straight into the box. The plan I devised uses one complete sheet of 3/4 plywood and 2 by 4 braces on the inside of the base.
    The other neat little bit about it is that as bark and chips pile up in the bottom of the wood box we scoop them out and store them in pails to use as tinder/kindling. It isn't elegant but it sure holds lots of wood.

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  6. Machria

    Machria Minister of Fire

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    How about one of these?


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  7. fishingpol

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    I made this one last fall. The front is the sideplate from my dad's old Jotul 602. The rest is an old bureau.

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  8. WellSeasoned

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    I just use a wooden crate, not much wood in it at the moment.

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  9. WellSeasoned

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    And the super cedar storage ...

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  10. tsquini

    tsquini Minister of Fire

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    I used a hoop for a long time. I got tired of cleaning up after it. I use a wood box now. The house stays much cleaner and I can bring in a weeks worth of wood. image.jpg
  11. Applesister

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    From a girls perspective...I looked at your link. Nice little rack, has a space saving footprint. Forged iron looks great with cast iron stoves. Thats an interesting rack design but it looks a little fragile. You could take it to some local school and see if you can get a metal working student to make you one. The rack is unusual in that its high but it could be tippy.
    I used to get a magazine called Plow & Hearth that caters to fireplace accessories. I think their website is Plow&Hearth.com
    Or you can cheap out and go free...
  12. num1hitter

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  13. Mo Par

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    I use an old large cast iron butcher kettle, holds 24 hrs worth of wood
  14. jdp1152

    jdp1152 Minister of Fire

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    There are many others that have cool and more practical designs...I'm just too lazy to try and figure where we saw them online.
  15. oldspark

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    I have a wood box that wind turbine parts came in and I see I am going to have to spiff it up a bit before I show it to anybody.:)
  16. rideau

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    I have a 36 inch wrough iron hoop, made in Merrickville at the forge. Very sturdy, with a nice cast bird on the top. It sits on an outdoor mat, so any detrius stays in place. About once every other month, when the rack is empty, I lift it up, slide the mat out, take it to the door and shake it out. Holds a fair amount of wood...2 1/2 days worth for a Fireview, just checking now how long a load lasts in the PH. Seems like it may be a bit longer. Am over 24 hours into the burn, and have used less than a third of the wood, with really cold temps out. Also have a polished copper wash bin I keep one large ironwood round in for backup, as well as assorted items for the stove. Carry my wood in in President's bins...the bins we shop into here. They are platic, with built in handles as well as carrying straps, each bin holds about a days worth of wood. I load about six of them , two at a time, and carry them to my landing by the sliding glass door. Move them all into the house, then across the room and load the rack. Often keep a few bins full, as well as the rack, unless i'm expecting company.:)

    Have a second hoop, same as the first, against the non-functioning side of the SGD, with three year old bug-free ironwood rounds that I keep as a back up in case we have a blizzard, or I am ill or injured and have difficulty bringing in wood.

    Also have about 1/2 a cord of good clean sugar maple in the basement, the remnants of a cord stored there when the house was built in the mid seventies. Every once in a while, when I am in the basement, I bring a piece up to add to the stash in the house.

    If I didn't have the hoops, I'd be using a wood chest for storage, because I like wood boxes. But I think the wrought iron is more practical, and I don't need to worry about damaging it.
  17. Hearth Mistress

    Hearth Mistress Minister of Fire

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    I bought this one at Tractor Supply on clearance last year, the top I put smaller start up splits and the space below holds about a days worth. I tried to take a photo of mine but it's under the steps so the photo is too dark :) There are bits of wood and bark everywhere but that's the price I'm willing to pay to be warm! i just sweep it up, the tools are included, and throw it in the fire in the morning anyway ;)

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  18. tbuff

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    Here is what I am currently using. Holds a decent amount and has a nice tray underneith to catch anything that falls off...

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  19. firefighterjake

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    One of my favorite woodboxes that I have seen here.
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  20. BillsWS

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    I am planning on something like this with good quality swivel casters hidden underneath. I have an old wooden military ammo box with wheels on it now. I roll it over to the patio door and unlock the door. When I am out shoveling or working in the garage I can walk around, open the patio door, load the box, load the kindling bucket and close the door. No muss no fuss. Then later, I can roll the box near the stove or even roll the box in front of the stove when loading. I want my design to hold the newpaper, matches, kindling and maybe even my ash vac. I'll post pics when I get to that project (probably this summer or fall).
  21. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    Four splits stacked on the hearth north-south and four splits stacked east-west on top of that. When it's gone I go to the rack on the covered front porch and bring in eight more. No nice box and the mess, most of it anyway, gets swept into a dust pan. I just don't like keeping a lot of wood in the house for many reasons.
  22. oldspark

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    And those are?
  23. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    The 2 big ones are bugs and mess. Not so much ants or termites but nasty!!! cockroaches. The hide under the bark and go dormanmt and the wake up in the warm house.
  24. WoodpileOCD

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    Cant really see anything but the end of it but I built a simple rack from leftover hardwood flooring so it fits in. It will hold about 4-5 days worth of wood. It does get a mess under it but it is in the corner and not too bad to clean up. I like carrying it in once every few days and cleaning up rather than getting crumbs around every time I reload if I have to carry in from outside.

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  25. oldspark

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    Probably wood roaches which like moisture, I stack my wood in single rows in the wind and sun and in over 30 years have never had any bugs in the house to speak of and I have a fair amount of wood in the house, the mess is part of the wood burning expeirence.;)

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