IMHO you can never have enough fireside. I'm relegated to what I can fit in (and on) one 26 inch wide VC cast iron wood box. I do have a small half round holder for kin'lin which, when it's not too full, I would put some larger starter pieces in. It's a PITA to try to stage your burning needs in one small box (1/32nd of a cord is pushing it). I find myself making daily trips to the woodshed to adjust my "staging" and sometimes will have to make an extra trip or two just to get the right sizes. This morning I had to go out to the woodshed in my jammies to get some started pieces cuz it was so mild last night the wife used up all my small stuff. I figure you need at least six different sized groupings. More if you mix North/South with East/West. I built my hearth with a 52 inch alcove on each side, fully intentioned to use ALL of it for storage (up to the window sills). I figured that would be about right. Unfortunately practicality lost out to the wife and aestetics.