Drying firewood - shed or covered in open?

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Snapdragon III

New Member
Dec 30, 2018
6
Seattle
Beautiful! Did you design those yourself?
Yes, It was modeled after another similar one I built last year on the other side of my driveway that worked out very well. The second one I made the walls a little deeper with less overhang since it is oriented 90 degrees from the first one and not as exposed to southern wind driven rain as the first one I built. I put about 3 inches of 5/8" clear crushed gravel on the ground in them that does a pretty good job keeping the wood dry and the bugs out.
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AlbergSteve

Minister of Fire
Dec 11, 2017
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I like those splits!
 

rowerwet

Minister of Fire
https://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/simple-pallet-firewood-rack.167322/
I build racks of pallets, with roofing from whatever is handy when they are built.
Currently I have 15 cord stacked.

I started building these almost 2 years ago, and just recently started refilling the first few racks.
All they needed was a few more screws and a few more chunks of broken fire brick to bring them back to level again.

The wood gets wet on the outer ends in heavy rain, but it is perfectly dry for burning after a year or so.
 

Woodsplitter67

Minister of Fire
Jan 19, 2017
2,185
Woolwich nj
Its snowing. Its going to snow intill tuesday. Then turn to freezing rain than rain the next 2 days after that.. never a tarp, wood never gets wet. My wood seasons quick
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when wood never gets we, it dries faster than being left out in stacks. Also the time saved not moving it to a different location as some do.. this is a simpler way with great results
 
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baseroom

Feeling the Heat
Nov 18, 2014
477
Rochester
Yes, It was modeled after another similar one I built last year on the other side of my driveway that worked out very well. The second one I made the walls a little deeper with less overhang since it is oriented 90 degrees from the first one and not as exposed to southern wind driven rain as the first one I built. I put about 3 inches of 5/8" clear crushed gravel on the ground in them that does a pretty good job keeping the wood dry and the bugs out.
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One question. How did you anchor the uprights? Thanks.
 

rowerwet

Minister of Fire
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My pallet firewood racks cost almost nothing, and keep my stacks dry
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I haven't bought any lumber to build them, even the 4x4 beams along the center of each rack are Craigslist scrounges.
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I swing by the steel roofing at the big box and look for the buckled, cracked and dented panels, then buy them at a discount.
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they're also a great place to store my kayaks

I also use IBC tote tanks to cover my wood racks
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A free fiberglass tonneau cover to make a shed for the splitter

The other nice thing is that each pallet works out to about a third of a cord, making it easy to see how much I have, and have burned.

Once my wood is stacked , it isn't touched again until it goes to the stove, I'm currently burning wood that seasoned one year this way, I don't bother doing a moisture check, I can see it is seasoned by how much the stack has shrunk , and how easy and hot it burns
 
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Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
19,704
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
Yes, It was modeled after another similar one I built last year on the other side of my driveway that worked out very well. The second one I made the walls a little deeper with less overhang since it is oriented 90 degrees from the first one and not as exposed to southern wind driven rain as the first one I built. I put about 3 inches of 5/8" clear crushed gravel on the ground in them that does a pretty good job keeping the wood dry and the bugs out.
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I'm a first year shed owner in the cascade foothills. Open sided 10 cord shed. I do have 3-6 inches of clean 1.25" crushed rock on the floor but I still use pallets. Is there just dirt under your rock? Doesn't the bottom row soak up the water and turn to mush?
 

FTG-05

Feeling the Heat
Feb 8, 2014
410
TN
Strictly firewood amateur here checking in from SC TN. Don't listen to me, I don't even know how to spell firewood, much less how to dry it.....

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