How to lift wood onto a deck?

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mdmallard

Member
Nov 20, 2014
14
Maryland
Hi Everyone,

We have a two year old Blaze King Princess, which we love, and I recently finished my deck/screened in porch project. I'm looking for suggestions on how to get the firewood onto a wood rack that we'll be placing by the door of our house where our storage bin is currently located in the attached picture. Other than carrying 100 loads up 8-9 steps, I've thought about building a removable/temporary gantry crane. I've also thought about somehow installing one of those pickup truck bed cranes into a concrete post in the yard and swinging a pallet of wood over the railing and onto the deck.

I'd like any ideas or solutions people on this forum have previously used to get wood onto a raised deck or porch.

Thanks!
 

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begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
91,299
South Puget Sound, WA
Many years ago we had a fellow that rigged up a clever hoist on swing out davit that could lift up a whole cart of wood at a time. There was another fancy version too.

And fancier yet: A wood waiter
 

Montanalocal

Feeling the Heat
Dec 22, 2014
456
Helena MT
They make small convayer belts that would not take up much room. If you could find one used, or even rent one, it would make a two person job go very quickly.

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moresnow

Minister of Fire
Jan 13, 2015
1,913
Iowa
How much are you looking to put up on the deck? Same as what you have been? More? Can the deck take a larger load? Curious.
 

mdmallard

Member
Nov 20, 2014
14
Maryland
Didn't think of a conveyor belt. I'll look into that. Thanks! I have a 6ft storage rack that's 5ft tall. Yes the deck can handle the added weight.
 
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Dataman

Minister of Fire
Sep 10, 2018
1,033
Newport, Wa
I use the Bucket on my Tractor. 5ft is easy. (Wife hauling my Son last year). Craiglist. I bet there is person around you can hire too.
 

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brenndatomu

Minister of Fire
Aug 21, 2013
6,737
NE Ohio
Didn't think of a conveyor belt. I'll look into that.
Have a treadmill? Point it up to the deck...turn on high...launch wood into bin (after dialing in the target ;) )
I just seen a video the other day where I guy had a treadmill pointed into the basement window to load wood into the basement...
 
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Sawset

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2015
1,235
Palmyra, WI
Every old barn had a rope hoist.
I have one in the shed I built for raising equipment to the overhead loft. Unistrut makes a trolley for use on their channels.
In winter, summer equipment goes up, and the winter stuff comes down for use.
 
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twd000

Feeling the Heat
Aug 28, 2015
428
Southern New Hampshire
I have 4 steps from the paver patio up to my porch where I store wood.

I built a simple ramp out of galvanized floor decking, and picked up a DR Power Wagon so I can just put-put in first gear right up onto the porch to unload
 

rwh63

Feeling the Heat
Nov 12, 2019
299
MA
Hi Everyone,

We have a two year old Blaze King Princess, which we love, and I recently finished my deck/screened in porch project. I'm looking for suggestions on how to get the firewood onto a wood rack that we'll be placing by the door of our house where our storage bin is currently located in the attached picture. Other than carrying 100 loads up 8-9 steps, I've thought about building a removable/temporary gantry crane. I've also thought about somehow installing one of those pickup truck bed cranes into a concrete post in the yard and swinging a pallet of wood over the railing and onto the deck.

I'd like any ideas or solutions people on this forum have previously used to get wood onto a raised deck or porch.

Thanks!
100 loads is just 10 trips/day for 10 days . just start doing it!
 

rwhite

Minister of Fire
Nov 8, 2011
1,826
North Central Idaho
Cheap, but effective is get a heavy duty wagon and lay a ramp down. If you have a riding mower or atv you can figure out a way to mount a snatch block then pull it up the ramp. An ice fishing sled would work great too. Keep an eye on CL. I see handicapped stair elevators every now and then. You could mount a box where the chair sits and run it up.
Another option is to make a swinging gate out of one of the deck panels. Open the gate and the deck would be at the right height to set the wood on.
 
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trueg50

Member
Dec 19, 2014
26
VT
Hauling wood up those steps is really consuming and takes you away from doing other things. Plus it's a health hazard in the winter.... at least that's how I'd pitch it to my wife before leading into the advantages of a compact tractor that we need to buy. :) (just got one this year, seriously more efficient and I don't know how I lived without it).
 

semipro

Minister of Fire
Jan 12, 2009
4,103
SW Virginia
It's probably not what you're looking for but I'll mention it anyway just in case.
A lift that is designed to provide wheelchair access to a deck may work. You can sometimes find used ones online.

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St. Coemgen

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Feb 4, 2016
334
Hungary
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Look into tile lifters. Roofers use them to lift tile and shingles to roofs. They are basically a vertical track that a cart rolls on to lift things. You can even build your own:

 

tadmaz

Feeling the Heat
Dec 21, 2017
485
Erin, WI
Is there a different place you could keep the wood rack?
 
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xterra

Member
Dec 9, 2015
27
PA
make more kids. they pay for themselves with the child tax credit and firewood hauling capability! it's a win win situation.
 

Sawset

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2015
1,235
Palmyra, WI
make more kids. they pay for themselves with the child tax credit and firewood hauling capability! it's a win win situation.
I think the shingle lift idea would be more reliable. No care and feeding, no coercion required.
 
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