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Woodshed innovations

Filling the woodshed

After a bit of debate, we decided to use pallets as the floor of our new woodshed.  The Firewood floorwoodshed (and half of our core homestead) is in an area with very high groundwater, so you really can't just stack wood directly on the ground.  (Well, you can, but then the firewood is not only unburnable, but is also impossible to pry loose from the frozen muck.)

In our previous incarnation, Mark cut sassafras saplings and lay them on the ground to stack on top of, but those quickly sunk into the mud from the weight of the firewood.  My pallets may too --- we'll just have to wait and see.

Stacking firewoodThe other innovation (in addition to size) for wood shed 2.0 is adding some two by fours to partially close in the walls.  Our efficient wood stoves have very small fire boxes, and short firewood has a bad tendency to fall back on top of me when I stack it over my head.  Now I can layer the wood so that it leans against the back of the shed, which will give the stack better stability.

I'm still plugging away at hauling in the firewood that's been sitting out in the parking area for months, some of which was bought and some of which was cut from a big tree that fell on the driveway.  Since the parking area wood is wetter, those logs are going in the back of the shed, then I'll stack the leftover firewood that was in the old shed in front for early winter burning.  We've also got a few box-elders and red maples that Bradley cut away from the back side of the barn and left to lie until the sap dries up a bit --- those will be added to one side of the shed once I rustle up a few more pallets.

As you can see, we've still got a ways to go before our winter's wood will be under roof, but it's great to make progress (and to think of cold weather on a sweltering summer day).

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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We had a woodshed, my dad built it back in the 70s with all leftover pallets. It had a gently sloped shed roof with leftover shingles on it. 2x4 braces with pallets for floors, walls, ceiling. Still standing. It's his "backup" woodshed now. He built a fancy one with a hanging sliding door as an addition to the house itself 30 years later, walk through the attached porch to the woodshed and back inside. Can use either a wheelbarrow or the woodbox on wheels to go out and get a proper load.

From experience I'd say "excellent choice" "very stylish" ;D

Comment by c. Fri Jul 6 12:35:49 2012
c---I definitely would have put pallets on the walls if we had enough of them. But we haven't found a closeby source, so we only have a few. Your father's woodshed sounds great!
Comment by anna Fri Jul 6 16:04:42 2012

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