10 Cord Wood Shed Finished!

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jwoair23

Feeling the Heat
Oct 2, 2011
276
Ohio
This week my wife and I had the week off for work, and took on this project. Each bay technically holds 5.75 cords of wood at 8' tall, so I figure I'll stack a little shorter and aim for 5 cords in each bay. This should hold two season's worth of wood at the rate we use it.

This was an ambitious project for us, but pretty happy with how it turned out. It is just under 20' long and 10' deep, 8' tall at the lowest and 9.5' tall in the the front. Posts are sunk 32" and we have concrete in the holes. Going to put pallets on the ground to stack the wood on. Only thing left is to add some corner braces in the front, add the pallets and then fill it! I already have the ten cords cut and split that have been sitting out for a year, so now I can keep them nice and dry.

Let me know your thoughts, we are not "construction" people so we did the best we could with the knowledge we could find. :) I'll be happy to answer any questions if there are any. Total cost was $1400 including renting the power auger, though I had the plywood for the roof already so that part was free.

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Bad LP

Minister of Fire
Nov 28, 2014
1,846
Northern Maine
Perfect.
 

clancey

Minister of Fire
Feb 26, 2021
2,060
Colorado
When you get the pallets in to hold the wood on the floor it will be perfect--beautiful job you two did ...clancey
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
3,051
Long Island NY
Very good! It'll be pleasant to look at, and even more so when it is full 🌝
 

Mutineer

Burning Hunk
Dec 13, 2018
133
NE Ohio
Only advice I can add as a fellow Buckeye is to think about pallets for the floor, up around here my pallets that I throw down for my small stack of uglies tend to rot in a couple of years due to the humid ground contact. Under roof like you have might extend that a year or two but that could be your next project. I need two fine sheds like you have constructed!
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
3,051
Long Island NY
20*10*8=1600
A cord is 128 cubic ft. 10 cords is not to the brim here.
 
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MongoMongoson

Member
Feb 6, 2021
239
Wisconsin
10 face cords? Looks a little small for 10 full cords
Based on the rough dimensions given it should hold 10 full cords if there are no air gaps between rows.

I have a 5 cord wood bin in my carport. It still doesn't look like 5 cords to me and I have measured it and calculated it 3 times.

When it is in a cube (or close to it) rather than strung out in long lines, 5 cords doesn't look like much.
 

jwoair23

Feeling the Heat
Oct 2, 2011
276
Ohio
Based on the rough dimensions given it should hold 10 full cords if there are no air gaps between rows.

I have a 5 cord wood bin in my carport. It still doesn't look like 5 cords to me and I have measured it and calculated it 3 times.

When it is in a cube (or close to it) rather than strung out in long lines, 5 cords doesn't look like much.
It's funny you guys are discussing this, as the whole time I was building it I kept side eyeing my ten cords in rows which are not far off from the shed thinking it doesn't look like it will fit! But yes based on the dimensions and cord calculators it should be over ten cords depending on how high I go and how much air space. I plan to slowly start moving everything into the sheds in the coming weeks, so I can let you know how it turns out! :)

Regarding the pallets - I was thinking the same that they wont last forever, I figure I will get newish ones to start with, and then replace as needed when I empty one for a season before I start to fill it again. Someday I may build a deck floor, we will see!
 

mar13

Feeling the Heat
Nov 5, 2018
472
California redwood coast
Maybe put your pallets on some pavers to keep them out of ground contact.

Can you post some more detailed pictures and things you learned in the process?
 

jwoair23

Feeling the Heat
Oct 2, 2011
276
Ohio
Got some heavy duty skids for the floor, modified a few to fit in the middle. Makes a nice flat surface with some air underneath, and should last a number of years before needing replaced. Can always get more for free like these if they rot out in the future!

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stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
3,051
Long Island NY
Nice. Be aware of nails (kids...) When they start rotting.
 

RandyBoBandy

Minister of Fire
Feb 25, 2015
1,326
Whitmore lake, MI
It's funny you guys are discussing this, as the whole time I was building it I kept side eyeing my ten cords in rows which are not far off from the shed thinking it doesn't look like it will fit! But yes based on the dimensions and cord calculators it should be over ten cords depending on how high I go and how much air space. I plan to slowly start moving everything into the sheds in the coming weeks, so I can let you know how it turns out! :)

Regarding the pallets - I was thinking the same that they wont last forever, I figure I will get newish ones to start with, and then replace as needed when I empty one for a season before I start to fill it again. Someday I may build a deck floor, we will see!
Very nice for not being construction people as you say. Only advice I have for pallet longevity is maybe put down some 6A limestone down on some heavy duty fabric that you can get from a brickyard. This will help level the ground off and keep your pallets dry.
 
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Bad LP

Minister of Fire
Nov 28, 2014
1,846
Northern Maine
A little air space in the stacks helps with drying in my shed but I don’t leave any space between the rows and can absolutely state for fact that it does not hinder the seasoning in the center of the shed.
 

jwoair23

Feeling the Heat
Oct 2, 2011
276
Ohio
Got a gutter added on the back side today, going to work on starting to fill it up tomorrow!

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RandyBoBandy

Minister of Fire
Feb 25, 2015
1,326
Whitmore lake, MI
Put a rain barrel on the end of that gutter in the spring and your house plants will be very happy plants. Take it one step further and put banana peels in mason jars with said rain water and your house plants will go crazy.
 
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highanddryinco

Burning Hunk
Aug 2, 2014
139
Denver, CO
Very nice!
 
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JamesGuido

Member
Jan 5, 2021
90
Raymond, Wisconsin
Got some heavy duty skids for the floor... should last a number of years before needing replaced. Can always get more for free like these if they rot out in the future!

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Nice work jw!
kinda what i said in 1995 when i built my shed... yet i just replaced two of the eight pallets last year.

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jwoair23

Feeling the Heat
Oct 2, 2011
276
Ohio
Well today we moved about 5-5.5 cords of wood into next years bay. Like someone else above mentioned, it was really surprising how much wood can fit in here when you move the rows into a compact cube. I was able to fit six rows in the shed. Looks like all of my wood is going to fit, just need to move the rest of this year's wood into the other bay on another weekend day. Took us about 6 hours altogether with myself, my wife and the ten year old helping.

I am a little bit nervous about the side boards, as they bowed about a 1/2 inch or so once loaded. They are pretty green boards though. Hoping the three screws per post is enough. I may at some point need to either add more/longer screws, or potentially in the future replace with thicker boards. I may just be over-analyzing though, as it seems to be the thickness most use. This is a pretty tall and very full wood shed though, lol, so a lot of weight on the sides. Time will tell!

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