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#1 David Brown OFFLINE  

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Posted April 11, 2015 - 04:59 PM

Spring is here and for many, that means rolling the lawn, planting the garden, getting the tractors out after a long winters nap to be washed and readied for show season.  Me too but spring means something else to me.  Time to split firewood.  I like to get mine done in the spring so I can enjoy the summer.  I don't mind hauling it home all summer and fall but I don't like racing the clock to get it home AND split it for winter.  I have used my new drive thru wood shed for two winters now and have finally gotten tot he point where I can start to make improvements.  I use two 2 x 4 x 12' runners that stand on edge with the help of some crude guides on each end.  Thats fine but in time, with the weight of the wood and freeze thaw cycles, the 2 x 4's tend to end up on different elevations.  When that happens, the pile falls over.  To fixe this, I installed a treated 2 x 4 on each end where the runners slide in.  Now they can only go so far down.  I then added two 4 x 4 beams at third points to help keep these runners even.  Today I started to fill the shed.  Hope to be done by the end of May this year.  Trouble is, not all of my wood is in house so I need to get busy.  You can see the "floor system" in the pics below.  I also had to reinforce the sides as they were bowing out really badly last year.  If all of this works on this side, I'll do the other side next year.  If not, I can try something different and keep going until I get it right.  The idea of the removable runners is that when I finish a row in the winter, I can take them up and eliminate a tripping hazard.

 

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Posted April 11, 2015 - 05:33 PM

Jeff, with this kind of head start, you'll be up here helping me in no time...
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Posted April 11, 2015 - 05:43 PM

Ahh, if you were only closer!

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Posted April 11, 2015 - 06:22 PM

I can take a hint. :smilewink:


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Posted April 11, 2015 - 07:42 PM

Jeff who........wood..... what..........Oh my friend David Brown Clown! :poke:


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Posted April 11, 2015 - 09:27 PM

I can take a hint. :smilewink:

Not at all.  There's time yet.  I have A LOT of splitting to do before I run out.  No worries, just trying to share some ideas.


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Posted April 11, 2015 - 09:28 PM

Jeff who........wood..... what..........Oh my friend David Brown Clown! :poke:

Good to hear from you Shawn.


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Posted April 11, 2015 - 09:36 PM

I'm too old to work that hard, I just buy Propane and be happy!  Recreation fire, yes, heating, No way for me.



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Posted April 11, 2015 - 09:43 PM

I grew up burning wood. My Daddy believed in dry wood and a lot of it. We cut wood in the summer for burning in the second winter. By the end of the summer we always had two years worth of wood. One dry and ready to go and one drying for the next year.

We packed our wood solid in a shed and used creosote poles or cedar poles as runners to keep the wood off the ground. We would burn from the inside out.

My grandma burned coal. My job after school was to ensure she had enough fat wood to start her fire in the morning. Once it got cold enough she kept a fire around the clock and then I had to keep her coal buckets on the back porch full.
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