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wesessiah

Burning Hunk
Aug 31, 2012
183
Lincolnton NC
Nice, simple idea......I think I am going to give this one a shot. In the pictures, it looks like the 2x4's are cut in half at an angle. Is there a reason that they need to be cut at an angle? Thanks for the input!

i think he just did it for the look. i just got some plain ol' treated 10 foot 2x4s and cut them in half with a hack saw. i've got some compliments on it, and then they're less impressed when they realize how simple it is, lol. i tell them they should be more impressed by the simplicity.
 
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USMC80

Minister of Fire
Mar 27, 2013
842
New Jersey
I can't defend them, tried em and had to restack due to them failing
 

Backwoods Savage

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2007
27,811
Michigan
Why all the hate on the T-posts? In my yard, the subtle green of the post blends in better with the background bushes than a 2x4 wood rack.
Where are all the T-post defenders?

Not sure where you get the idea I hate T-posts? I have lots of them and in several different lengths. I just don't use them for stacking wood as they are not needed. They cost enough that I would not want to use the dollars when I can well do without them. But hate?
 

lumbering on

Feeling the Heat
Dec 7, 2012
482
New York
Not sure where you get the idea I hate T-posts? I have lots of them and in several different lengths. I just don't use them for stacking wood as they are not needed. They cost enough that I would not want to use the dollars when I can well do without them. But hate?

No not you in particular, sorry for that. Just quoting the T-post reference. They're my new favorite speed stacking tool. Thought I picked up on an undercurrent of disdain for the green Ts in general here on hearth.
 

jeffesonm

Minister of Fire
May 29, 2012
862
central NJ
Just a heads up for people who may be using this technique... I've had several cinder blocks split causing the end post to fall over and the end of the stack to collapse. I've since switched to T-posts.
 

wesessiah

Burning Hunk
Aug 31, 2012
183
Lincolnton NC
Just a heads up for people who may be using this technique... I've had several cinder blocks split causing the end post to fall over and the end of the stack to collapse. I've since switched to T-posts.

that was actually a concern of mine, so i stacked mine like a normal stack with only the bottom of the stack pushed against the 2x4s rather than flared out at the top. i really thought i was just wearing my tinfoil hat, but wasn't going to take a chance. maybe i should have should have mentioned my concern instead of thinking i was just being paranoid.
 

Plow Boy

Feeling the Heat
Nov 14, 2012
293
Iron Station, NC
wow wes. you in Lincolnton, im just down the road in iron station.
 

wesessiah

Burning Hunk
Aug 31, 2012
183
Lincolnton NC
wow wes. you in Lincolnton, im just down the road in iron station.

nice to see somebody close by! most everybody is from michigan, the northeast, or pnw. btw, if you need some white oak, red oak and a little bit of some others (dogwood at least) i made a deal with a logging company and they left me more than i bargained for. it's between lincolnton and cherryville, and i'd guess there's close to 2 cords left, possibly more since a lot is over 2 feet wide. i'd like to get about another rick of it, but i don't see myself being able to finish it. if you have a truck i'd help you cut and haul as much as you want. some of it is just way too big for me to move by myself, plus i've been having to borrow my in laws truck. i can cut any of it fine with the ms361, just have trouble moving it. if you're interested let me know, i'm off all next week, and available all but the beginning of the week.
 

Plow Boy

Feeling the Heat
Nov 14, 2012
293
Iron Station, NC
man, I've got splitter will travel. count me in, I will pm you my contact info.
 

Plow Boy

Feeling the Heat
Nov 14, 2012
293
Iron Station, NC
alright sounds good, I am going out to cut up this cherry while the weather is cool. Later
 

Applesister

Minister of Fire
Dec 5, 2012
2,483
Upstate NY
Why all the hate on the T-posts? In my yard, the subtle green of the post blends in better with the background bushes than a 2x4 wood rack.
Where are all the T-post defenders?
I gave the cinderblocks a try. I modified the idea by using white pine saplings. Poles around 4-5" diameter and wedged the poles in the upright position. Then wedged small blocks in the holes to shim the uprights. I used 10' saplings of Ironwood for the cross members.
The result was a very stable rack. And not too unsightly. I'll post pictures.
Ive used T-posts because they are here and 'free'. They all work.

I have wood stacked with T-Posts, with cinderblocks, with pallets, between trees, I have racks made with the Rutland brackets.
Ive stacked in horsestalls, in chicken sheds, under the eaves of the house, in the gravel driveway. Out in a field, in the woods. And I have no definitive answers.
 

Applesister

Minister of Fire
Dec 5, 2012
2,483
Upstate NY
I have a cousin who stacks single row down the length of a long field. Its probably the best method from what Ive read. He admits he has problems with spots staying in place but he doesnt mind restacking.
Im willing to try that too.
 
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MasterMech

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I have a cousin who stacks single row down the length of a long field. Its probably the best method from what Ive read. He admits he has problems with spots staying in place but he doesnt mind restacking.
Im willing to try that too.
Single row stacks are the toughest to keep upright. I am currently trying out some 12'x6' stacks in racks. Even in the racks I see the wood moving all over the place as it dries. No failures yet however.
 

jdp1152

Minister of Fire
Oct 4, 2012
784
Massachusetts
Why all the hate on the T-posts? In my yard, the subtle green of the post blends in better with the background bushes than a 2x4 wood rack.
Where are all the T-post defenders?

I use T Posts now. I wasn't hating, I've just seen Savage take some pokes on em.
 

rideau

Minister of Fire
Jan 12, 2012
2,168
southern ontario
I'll admit I bought one 16 foot long Woodhaven rack with top cover. The quality is amazing. It was expensive, but it will be there all my life. Incredibly easy to stack on. The posts are 4 feet high, but I stacked the wood an additional foot. So, 5 feet x 16 feet by 1 2/3 feet gives me a full cord on the rack. Makes for incredibly quick, stable stacking of a cord of wood. Woodhaven requires that the rack be placed on a concrete base (liability reasons, I'm sure). I leveled the area and put down 24 inch concrete squares, about 2 inches thick.
Going on my third year with the rack. The cover if well designed, really good quality. covers the top row of wood. I keep the rack about 50 feet from my house. It cost me about as much as a cord of wood would cost. But I get my wood on my property, so was willing to spend the money on the rack for the convenience, stability and time saved. May get one more this Autumn. Two will hold most of the firewood I use in a winter, dry and near my home.

My other wood is stacked on ironwood saplings or pallets. Cross stacked ends, slightly pyramidal (8 to 16 feet wide at the bottom, 6 to 14 feet wide at the top. I have no topsoil so cannot use stakes at the end. If I ever have a stack I am concerned about, I tie some ropes around end pieces and feed them along the top of the lower row, then cover. ties the rack together well if there is a slope or if I have not enough pieces to make the ends stable.
 

HDRock

Minister of Fire
Oct 25, 2012
2,239
Grand Blanc, Mi
Ok, here is my version , 8' timbers 5' 2x4s ,3 blocks and some pieces stuck in the blocks , cuz I did not want them to splay outward ,or flop around while stacking.

I like the fact U can easily move this later, if U want to

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