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Stacking wood on the cheap?
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Paula    Posted 08-18-2004 at 06:07:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm thinking of taking free wood pallets to stack my firewood on
this winter. I'll be sure to cover it all with tarps. It won't be too
close to the house - about 20ft away near the well. What do you
guys think?


deadcarp    Posted 08-18-2004 at 09:45:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
You know, pallets are a good idea. If you scattered them in a floor shape, it would let the bottom of the heap dry too. And sides would define it and keep the drifting snow organized. Heap it and tarp it. And i like the wire plan. I have an extra roll of fence wire. The downside of a regular wood pile is that punky bottom layer. I have a big covered "stump" shed for chubs but then wherever you dump it scatters all over. I might just tie a neat one together for a "split & ready" pile right handy to the heater shed. My policy with firewood is never waste alot of time or effort making the stack pretty, it's soon gonna disappear anyway. Thanks guys. :)

Arthur    Posted 08-18-2004 at 09:43:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
thats what I do...Also use a tarp to cover it with, and use old window weights tied to the tarp to keep it from blowing away...

Ron/PA    Posted 08-18-2004 at 07:08:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Paula, it's a good idea. We do that, in fact we actually build bins out of pallets by nailing them together. Store the wood in them and then cover it with a tarp. It keeps the rain off, and lets air in on the sides to dry the wood.
Years when we have an extra good crop of corn, we have built as many as 5 storage units out of pallets. 1 Pallet high and as long as you want to make them, (6 pallets long here.) and fill them with ear corn. Cover with a tarp and they dry faster than any of our 3 corn cribs.
Good luck

Paula    Posted 08-18-2004 at 07:37:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks everyone.

Ron, how do you join them. I'm thinking I could make a three
sided bin to hold almost a cord. The backs I could join together
with slats and wood screws right. How would you connect the
sides to the edges of the pallet on the ground and how would
you secure the corners?


Ron/PA    Posted 08-18-2004 at 07:46:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Believe it or not, we use wire. When we're done with a bin, everything comes apart by untwisting wire, and no hardware for tires or critters to pick up.

Paula    Posted 08-18-2004 at 07:53:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Wire! Brilliant. So you essentially twist tie these pallets
together. Brilliant.


TB    Posted 08-18-2004 at 06:36:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know people that use pallets on bottom and top of pile then cover the top of pile with plastic. Thay say it works good and allows air space for the wind to blow through to allow the wood to dry. I emagion that top pallet could be a bit of a problem in the winter and your working at tearing the pile down.

If pallets are free and thay will work for you go for it whats to loose. even if it is just on the bottom. whats to loose I use to do it when thay were avalible.

TimV    Posted 08-18-2004 at 06:32:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Paula: sure-that's what many people do. You'll have to replace the pallets every couple of years, but they work fine. If possible, make sure to get ones with a full or nearly full top layer of boards. Some have large gaps between the boards (6-8") and this makes stacking difficult. Also, you can go overboard with covering your woodpile--you're trying to dry it out, and too much covering can actually make it dry slower as the moisture has no place to go. It also tends to make mold and rot happen more quickly.

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