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GerryM

New Member
Dec 6, 2020
5
Ontario Canada
Holds 2 + bush cords... was on the property when I bought it, but I filled in the top with board and batten to match the cabin and garage... second pic is last winter from the bedroom balcony. Im building another woodshed I currently have 3 bush cords on pallets behind the garage drying .
 

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joedal

New Member
Feb 23, 2021
8
Piscataway, New Jersey
Build this in 2019 based on plans from Popular Mechanics. (Just search Popular Mechanics Wood Shack and you'll find it.) The only modification is I enclosed the back with deck boards and used the same board horizontally instead of vertically on the sides. I wanted to build something not too big that would look good in my yard. I built it before we really knew exactly how much wood we were going to use in the winter as the stove is a secondary heater for the house. We ended up using the stove quite a bit to keep one side of the house nice and warm and keeping the other side of the house cooler with the gas heat. So, this shed holds a little over 2 cords (it's 12' wide x 3.6' deep x 7' high at the front), but we are using about 3 or 3.5 cords. I stack the extra in the other corner of the yard on a pallet. I should have waited and built a slightly larger shed on the other side of the yard. So, know what you actually need before you build it. Oh, well next time. At least it holds most of the wood. :)
 

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Mimi1

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Mar 5, 2021
5
Northern VA
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Almost 75 ft long, 8 bins that hold 1.5 cords of wood each. Top covered with tin roofing material. Flooring is oak pallets.

Building it was very easy. 6 ft long ground timbers as the posts and 2x4's as the dividers and to hold the wood up in the back. The ground timbers are put into 6x6/4x4 concrete deck blocks from Menards and its all held together with 3" long wood nails:


I also have extra oak pallets in the yard for storage and two 8 ft long metal racks with covers.
How large is each bin? 8 x8 ? I like the simplicity!
 

WoodBurnerInWI

Feeling the Heat
Feb 2, 2020
278
Madison, WI
How large is each bin? 8 x8 ? I like the simplicity!

The four largest bins use one 10 ft pallet that's 4x10, the four smallest bins use 4x4 ft pallets x2 so a roughly 4x8 ft section. Each bin will easily hold over a full cord of wood, I've calculated 1.8 cords in the 10 ft bins and 1.5 cords in the 4x8 sections. Of course factors like wood length and uniformity will determine what the actual cordage is. What I do to avoid stacks falling over is anything that is smaller than 17" long goes on the tops of the stacks and then when that room is out these smaller sections get moved to another 10 ft pallet in the yard that I use to pile up hunks and chunks and anything else that's an odd size.
 

WhitePlatinum

Member
Nov 24, 2017
51
MD
Yard borders. First picture is 6x6 posts and 2x6 beams. All galvanized through bolts. 2nd pic is 2x6 posts and 2x4 beams - going 3 years strong now!
 

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Solarguy3500

Member
Dec 3, 2020
219
Western MA
I posted about this when I started on it last weekend in the Work Done in 2021 thread, but I figured it probably belongs here.

Today I put the metal roofing on my pallet woodshed. I can get the pallets from work and they are reinforced with 2X4s so they are very strong. I screwed a pallet onto each side of the bottom pallet standing upright, then screwed another one on the top pitched toward the back for the roof framing.
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Today, I put the metal roofing on top and also added some diagonal bracing for lateral stability
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This one is the prototype and if it works well, I figure I can just add more sections onto it by expanding it to the side with more pallets and roofing.
 

TradEddie

Minister of Fire
Jan 24, 2012
947
SE PA
A couple of years ago, I built a small shed based loosely on the plans on the EPA Burnwise page. Once built, I soon saw some limitations to that design. Primarily, the floor was not strong enough, secondly, the roof overhang was not enough to keep the wood dry in all conditions, and lastly it just seemed like an inefficient use of space. This Winter I set out to build a second shed to address those problems. It still needed to be nominally "portable", visually appealing and convenient to make.

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So, what changed compared to the original (seen on right)? Firstly, the crossbeams were flush with the "ground", why lose 4 inches of capacity when the whole thing is already off the ground? Secondly the vertical posts are at the very ends, adding 7 more inches of width. The roof pitch is slightly steeper, it still wouldn't meet code, but this isn't a house, and it's now attached in a way that gave me more height too. More significantly, the floor fame has eight 2x6's on joist hangers running front to rear, with 2x4's on top of those, overkill I think but I'm happy. I also put corner bracing on all four posts. The roof of both is Tuftex, which I now feel was a mistake. I chose that because the standard lengths are better suited to the dimensions I needed, so it worked out less expensive, however the Tuftex is so flexible that the extra time and effort spent ensuring the sheets were kept parallel was so frustrating, I wish I'd gone with steel for $20 more. My great discovery for the roof decking and the side slats was picket fence posts, they may be the only lumber that is still dirt cheap. The cost of lumber shocked me, all those Covid DIY projects have more than doubled the cost of lumber, this new shed cost me almost twice what the old one did, and I alreday had most of the 2x4s I needed.

All in all, I'm pleased. Despite the limitations of the old design, it works well, so I expect that the extra overhang and larger capacity of the new one will be even better, and both should last me until the end of my wood burning days. They also make a good privacy fence.

See you all again in the Fall.

TE
 

BrotherBart

Modesterator
Staff member
Mine after six thousand pounds of red oak fell on it and cut it in half and demolished it.
 

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BrotherBart

Modesterator
Staff member
WOW! Hope everybody is okay, what a shame.

Everybody was fine. It missed the house by four feet. My Suburban, garden tractor and new utility tractor weren't so lucky.

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McKraut

Feeling the Heat
Sep 1, 2011
321
South Central PA
She turns ten years old this year. My how time flies. I remember when she was just a bunch of logs in the woods.

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VonH

New Member
Jun 22, 2019
9
Wisconsin
So, we converted our fireplace to a wood-burning insert about 2 years ago and have been heating primarily with wood in Wisconsin winters. We have 3 acres with tons of dead ash, so I wanted to create a more long-term wood storage solution than the covered field racks I’ve been seasoning wood on currently.

I designed the shed last summer, but was dragging my feet on the build due to lumber prices. The price has only gone up, so I just bit the bullet and started building it. Shed went up quickly over the past few days.

Only thing left to complete is to add some more of the buckthorn “siding” to two sides. My property has tons of buckthorn, so I feel like siding it with their carcasses is equivalent to heads on spikes outside a castle! Let’s see if it deters future growth. Nothing has stopped it so far!

Dimensions are 8x12x8, or 6 cords. We generally have been burning about 5 cords per winter, so this gives a little wiggle room, along with my “working” racks, which hold about 2 cords right near the house for quick access.

Now all I need to do is fill it up, but that’s the fun part! (Or will be when my 28-ton Half-Beam Yardmax splitter arrives next week!)
 

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begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
91,437
South Puget Sound, WA
So, we converted our fireplace to a wood-burning insert about 2 years ago and have been heating primarily with wood in Wisconsin winters. We have 3 acres with tons of dead ash, so I wanted to create a more long-term wood storage solution than the covered field racks I’ve been seasoning wood on currently.

I designed the shed last summer, but was dragging my feet on the build due to lumber prices. The price has only gone up, so I just bit the bullet and started building it. Shed went up quickly over the past few days.

Only thing left to complete is to add some more of the buckthorn “siding” to two sides. My property has tons of buckthorn, so I feel like siding it with their carcasses is equivalent to heads on spikes outside a castle! Let’s see if it deters future growth. Nothing has stopped it so far!

Dimensions are 8x12x8, or 6 cords. We generally have been burning about 5 cords per winter, so this gives a little wiggle room, along with my “working” racks, which hold about 2 cords right near the house for quick access.

Now all I need to do is fill it up, but that’s the fun part! (Or will be when my 28-ton Half-Beam Yardmax splitter arrives next week!)
Nicely done! That is similar to our shed, though I made it 16' wide and have pallets for a floor.

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Orion 4343

New Member
May 11, 2021
9
Downgintown PA
So, we converted our fireplace to a wood-burning insert about 2 years ago and have been heating primarily with wood in Wisconsin winters. We have 3 acres with tons of dead ash, so I wanted to create a more long-term wood storage solution than the covered field racks I’ve been seasoning wood on currently.

I designed the shed last summer, but was dragging my feet on the build due to lumber prices. The price has only gone up, so I just bit the bullet and started building it. Shed went up quickly over the past few days.

Only thing left to complete is to add some more of the buckthorn “siding” to two sides. My property has tons of buckthorn, so I feel like siding it with their carcasses is equivalent to heads on spikes outside a castle! Let’s see if it deters future growth. Nothing has stopped it so far!

Dimensions are 8x12x8, or 6 cords. We generally have been burning about 5 cords per winter, so this gives a little wiggle room, along with my “working” racks, which hold about 2 cords right near the house for quick access.

Now all I need to do is fill it up, but that’s the fun part! (Or will be when my 28-ton Half-Beam Yardmax splitter arrives next week!)
VonH
Nice shed. That looks like something I recently built. I used carriage bolts to support the ledger board instead of concrete blocks and used 2x8 for the joists. How is your holding up to the weight of the firewood?

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1990dtgl98

New Member
May 21, 2021
23
Pennsylvania
So I bought a house in 2018 that had a chimney and old fisher insert. I'll post an upgrade thread to that later.

Good perk is it has a 30x70 pole building in the property, and the previous owner added a 10' wide lean-to running the entire 70'.

It's slowly becoming my wood area.

Right now it's mostly ash. Got 10 tandem axle trailer loads from a guy who lost an entire fence row to the ash borer. Did that entire pile in the 6 weeks I was furloughed last year.

Slowly replenishing the 4-5 cords of wood my wife burned while working from home this winter. Got about 2 cords of oak free so far this year.
 

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stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
3,072
Long Island NY
Brand spanking new. 8'x18', 2.5 cords per bay. So three year seasoning.

Will be stained black soon.
 

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clancey

Minister of Fire
Feb 26, 2021
2,062
Colorado
Wow you are a carpenter and a good one at that--just beautiful wood shed that is stoveliker...I tried to look for those concrete blocks at home depot and could not find them --Is there a name to them?? I also like how you have the 2x "whatever" lined up to support the 2x4"s for the wood holding up off the floor to where lots of air can get through---beautiful job--enjoyed..clancey
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
3,072
Long Island NY
Wow you are a carpenter and a good one at that--just beautiful wood shed that is stoveliker...I tried to look for those concrete blocks at home depot and could not find them --Is there a name to them?? I also like how you have the 2x "whatever" lined up to support the 2x4"s for the wood holding up off the floor to where lots of air can get through---beautiful job--enjoyed..clancey

Thanks. I'm not at all a carpenter, (and a real construction worker will be able to point out all the things I could have done better)... But my wife says I am a bit proud
Those are deck blocks. And 2x8 floor joists (2x4s would sag and break from the weight).
 

clancey

Minister of Fire
Feb 26, 2021
2,062
Colorado
Your a carpenter and you just do not know it---lol Thank you for that information for that last isle in HD is a long walk to find stuff and not know what exactly your looking for and usually wind up in the garden center on the other side of the store--lol thank you clancey
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
3,072
Long Island NY
Lo
Your a carpenter and you just do not know it---lol Thank you for that information for that last isle in HD is a long walk to find stuff and not know what exactly your looking for and usually wind up in the garden center on the other side of the store--lol thank you clancey

Lol, I also always end up in the garden center, even when I have a load of lumber...
The looks people give when buying perennials and a bunch of lumber, roofing material, and concrete deck blocks :p