Those are nice pallets! I am going to try and find some around town this week and build some firewood cribs myself.We had an Easter egg hunt for the kids this morning, and then this afternoon I made some more headway on the maple I've been working on out in my yard. View attachment 277531
While I was out there, I decided to try an idea I have been thinking about for a while. I work for a solar installation company and I have access to an unlimited supply of pallets that the solar panels are shipped on. These pallets are almost 6' long (72 cell panels even longer) and they are reinforced with 2X4s running the full length of the pallet on each side. So, I was thinking I could stand a pallet on end at each side of my wood stack and screw it to the bottom pallet at the bottom. Then, I could put another pallet on the top pitched toward the back, put some metal roofing panels on top and I would have a woodshed without having to buy the lumber to build one. Today I got the sides and top on and next weekend I'll put the metal roofing on. I have a bunch of old metal panels that I saved when I put a new roof on my garage in December of 2019 so the roofing is free too. I think it's going to work out well. Here's how it looks so far:
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Using the cord calculator, I figure each of these sheds will hold about half a cord of wood. There is another row of wood behind the front one.
I'm thinking I will also use this method to do a solar kiln this summer too. Pallet woodshed wrapped in clear plastic with vents on the ends. Should work well, I think.
Great work @MissMac , how long have you been working on that big pile?Well, I finished splitting the ash today. Feeling pretty good about it. Here's some pics of the pile from different angles
There's also a bit of ash on a pallet up by my wood shed (pic 5110). Overall, I think I've got a solid 12 cords total. I tried to grab a picture that captured all of my wood, but it didn't do it justice (pic 5113). This is by far the best I've ever been sitting, and I'm so grateful that I've had the time and ability to get this far ahead. Now all I have left to do is stack that mountain of ash, and that'll pretty much be a wrap. I've got about a cord of manitoba maple to stack too, but it's nothing like that monster pile. Life is good with these kind of problems
I had to go back in this thread to find your answer - March 21 I started making that big pile. I've been slowly picking away at it before work every day, and on days off. I've never split so much wood or created such a pile in one go before
Yard conifers are very tough to split by hand. Long leaf pine isn't usually as bad as spruce or fir, but I haven't split any myself.tree crew was removing a long leaf line two houses away. I got there to late to get the top half. Ended up with about 7 three foot long pieces that they dropped off in my drive way with their bobcat. The butt was 20-22”It was all I could do to shank off the sides with my fiskars maul. I tried to split is down the middle and I have a pretty good swing and all it did was spray sap. Any way tre crews shop is 1/2 mile ways and gave the guy 20$ and he said he would text me if he had a good load of oak. Win win I guess. Well not really, it’s been a bit since I’ve been spitting as the blisters can attest to. Cant say I’ve ever gotten one on my palm before. I was swinging extra hard. Back yard tree tree cut down in the spring was extra tough. Need to toughen up my hands and change my technique because I won’t ever be able to justify a splitter.
I started stacking my big pile yesterday. I've got a bunch of off cuts/uglies that I'm going to throw in my 'bin' (I picked up the cage of an IBC tote and am going to put it on a pallet). However, I also usually top my stacks with a row of uglies, and I started doing that yesterday. My bin would be full and overflowing if I didn't stack at least some of them. Great work cleaning up your processing area!
I totally understand - that's why I'm stacking out my pile too. I really want to be able to quantify how I made out buying those 8ft logs this year.@MissMac I'm slowly collecting pallets at work to bring home, I threw everything into a big heap because i was rushing to get the original dumping area cleaned before the warm season (love my grass lol) the heap helps since the wood was pretty green, we've been really dry here recently and the splits are prob down 10% from 40 to 30 in moisture content since splitting (thats a lot of water weight gone) but I cant wait to get everything stacked, neat rows for my ocd, but more importantly be able to answer the question of how much did I end up getting because to be honest... I dont even know lol.