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who else moves this years wood closer....

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by My Oslo heats my home, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. mellow

    mellow Resident Stove Connoisseur

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    I move 1.5 cords to my covered side porch, sucks having to unstack and restack but it burns calories.

    Before I do that move I spray all around the side of my house and around the racks on the porch with telstar bug killer.

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  2. My Oslo heats my home

    My Oslo heats my home Minister of Fire

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    Im back at it this morning. Moving wood to the rear part of the porch, 2 rows 6' high, 12' long. After those 2 rows are done I put 2 pallets in the middle of the porch floor and put my shorties and uglies on it, I'll use them for the shoulder. I wonder if the rain will show?
  3. KB007

    KB007 Feeling the Heat

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    I move a couple of face cords up to racks on our porch and replenish as needed from the stacks. Spend an hour or so moving wood every couple of weeks to be able to walk out in slippers to get wood - priceless.
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  4. BrianN

    BrianN Burning Hunk

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    I have a trailer that holds just over 2 cords right outside my garage door. I fill up the wheel barrow there and bring into the garage. Once the wood from the trailer is done, I have my stacks about 50' from the house. For those, I will fill up the quad trailer and bring that into the garage.
    Not a big fan on moving wood more than I have to. C/S/S it, then into the fire.
  5. mass_burner

    mass_burner Minister of Fire

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    For 2 years I would bring in bins from the wood pile about 40-50' off my patio. Mud, ice, cold. No more. I bulit a rolling wood cart to fit under the back stairs to the basement. I use the lawn tractor to fill the cart in my driveway, and then roll the cart into place through the garage. It needs some tweaking, better wheels, and a few supports here and there, I under estimated the weight a bit. It easily holds 2 loads of my JD 15 cu. ft. cart.
  6. tahoostas

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    We have a covered wood shed about 50' from the back deck. Wheelbarrow from this to a covered wood box about 5'x3'x3' on the deck. This box will hold about 4-5 days worth when really cold, much longer spring and fall. From this box we fill a little holder built into our corner install and that holds about a days burning. Work for the kids!
  7. Dustin

    Dustin Feeling the Heat

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    I have often wondered if I'm the only one!

    I feel like I move my stacks way too much.

    I bring the wood home in the fall and stack it to season all summer and winter. Then, the following fall I move it into my back covered porch / shop area, about 20 feet from the back door. Go out, get more wood, stack outside, rinse, repeat
  8. gyrfalcon

    gyrfalcon Minister of Fire

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    My 150-yo farmhouse has an attached enclosed woodshed, bless its heart. It holds about two cords comfortably, so I move that much in there in the fall. Then I use the wood from the outside stacks as long as the weather is decent, gradually using the inside stuff up during bad weather or when I'm feeling particularly lazy. I even have a small splitter I can run in the woodshed if I need to split some of the stuff down for kindling, etc.
  9. My Oslo heats my home

    My Oslo heats my home Minister of Fire

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    I agree with you there, I don't like handling it any more than I need to either. In my case, because my property is too small to c/s/s all in one go, I have to c/s at another location. Then the wood travels by truck to my home and its stacked on racks for drying then its handled again when it goes up to the porch. I'm envious of the folks that can c/s/s all at the same time and then move it once more to the back door.
  10. bob95065

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    We just moved into our house this past August. I have 6 cords stacked on pallets in the backyard away from the house. We have a covered breezeway between the house and garage. My plan is to make a narrow skid that I'll put in the breezeway. I want to have a face cord stacked there for easy access. I currently carry a armload across the yard every day at 0500. It's not bad now but will be no fun when it starts raining.
  11. My Oslo heats my home

    My Oslo heats my home Minister of Fire

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    I hear ya on the walking with wood in the rain part. Is your breeze way part of the house or separated by an exterior door? I just wouldn't be a big fan of having too much wood 'in' the house.
  12. gyrfalcon

    gyrfalcon Minister of Fire

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    Not sure where Felton is in California, but if you can get hold of a molded kids' snow sled, it makes moving firewood a breeze. Ideal when there's snow on the ground, but only slightly less so with wet grass, and OK even with dry grass, though it's a little harder to pull. Inside a breezeway, you could probably get the same effect with a runner of indoor/outdoor carpeting. And I'm sure the sleds can be found on line if they're not sold where you are.
  13. bag of hammers

    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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    Part of my solution is a big dog. Nope, I don't strap the wood bags to the dog :eek: (although she could probably carry them). But the dog does get a walk every morning, and sometimes again in the evening, and just hanging out with me, etc. We pass by the wood stacks, I fill the bag and bring it in on the way back to the house. Once we're into the snow, I have a plastic ice fishing sled that I can load a weekend's worth of wood on, and just drag over to the door, and throw a small tarp on top. I'm going out there regardless every day, rain or shine or -30 deg. so the wood gathering from the stacks is just part of the pup routine.

    As far as stacking in the house, I do keep some inside, maybe for a really easy morning startup, or if it looks like a couple splits are a bit wet from the snow and could use some time near the hearth, etc. So far the bug situation has been a non issue, but the stuff i might pile up inside is pretty clean.

    Gotta get a couple of those Condar tuffducks, though, just to balance the load. A wood shed is on the wish list - i think it's item # 73, or something like that....
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    My Oslo heats my home Minister of Fire

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    My boxers are the same way, they see me heading for the back door and they come a running, usually with a toy in their mouth. As I'm working in the stacks, or just anything with the wood, they know I will toss the ball in between empty arms .
  15. bag of hammers

    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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    They have us well trained...;lol
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  16. bob95065

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    The breezeway is outdoors. There is about 10' between the house and garage that is coved. When they built the house they bridged the roof between the house and garage. You walk between the house and garage (under the beezeway) to get from the driveway to the backyard. There is continuous concrete from the driveway through the breezeway to a patio in the backyard. The wood will go on skids that will sit on the concrete in the breezeway which has a roof over it. The front door is right there too. I have a stove in the living room which is just inside the front door.

    Felton is just north of Santa Cruz on Monterey Bay. No sleds here. I grew up in Illinois so I know about using sleds to move firewood. I do have a very nice wheelbarrow that has two wheels. It carries a load easier over soggy sod.
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    My Oslo heats my home Minister of Fire

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    I wouldn't trade my time with them for anything either
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    My Oslo heats my home Minister of Fire

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    You have a great setup; your wood is close, its covered and you wont be miserable when its time to drag some in. I like it
  19. bag of hammers

    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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    good idea - another thing for the wish list....
  20. bob95065

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    My plan is to have at least a week's worth of firewood in the breezeway so I won't have to move it during the week. I bought the same stove I have in my last house - Avalon Rainier. The last house had a fireplace insert, this one is freestanding. I hope to get more heat out of the Avalon being it is freestanding as opposed to an insert. I do need to invest in a blower fan to increase heat output too. My time and money has gone to fixing the roof so it will have to wait a little longer.

    I also have an old Sierra insert in the familiy room in the back of the house. I am not sure how much wood I'll go through between the two stoves. We don't use the family room much so I don't anticipate using the Sierra much. The firewood stack is near that room.

    I have six cords cut and stacked that I brought home earlier this month. Last year I stockpiled firewood at a friend's house because I expected to be very busy once we moved. I was right. I am so glad I stockpiled that wood because I am ready for winter.
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  21. mass_burner

    mass_burner Minister of Fire

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    just ordered one, i like the idea of bringing the wood bag to the stoves. i have an insert on both sides of my chimney. i had a wood box opening put in below the entertainment rack, but i don't want all the debris from splits in there, so i think placing the tuffduck in there would be alot cleaner.

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  23. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    Built a woodshed in front of the house (near the front door) back in '10.
    I try to get it filled by late Aug, and I'll pull from there and load a couple days worth onto the front porch or just walk out to the shed.
    Nice dry wood in the winter w/o dealing with the snow, ice, and tarps.....priceless.
    ETA: Forgot to mention the method. I use a garden tractor and trailer to move the wood.
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  24. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    We move enough wood for the winter into our barn. Then as needed we move some to the porch which means it is only a couple steps from the stove to the porch and grab the wood.
  25. Tinder

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    I keep a large Rubbermaid box outside the door that holds ~3 wheel barrows worth. It's a short step out the door to get dry wood.

    No snow on the ground - reload the box with a wheel barrow every 1-2 weeks. Snow on the ground - reload with a utility sled. I've placed my woodshed uphill from the house so it's really easy to move wood to the house during the burning season.

    I also keep a stack inside the house, but it's a cherry-picked selection of barkless wood that with 99% assurance doesn't have have any bugs. This supply is only used when it's raining or late at night when I don't want to step out the door for wood.

    It all really works out quite pleasantly.
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