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Q We had a few trees fall during the storms in winter and got carried away with logging and splitting them. However, we now realise that we haven’t got the space to store all the logs under cover. Any ideas on what we can do?
A Kevin Alviti says: We had the exact same happen to us this winter. A large tree fell in a field we rent and was offered to us. Our usual log store was already full to bursting, but with two fires we burn a lot of wood and so didn’t want to turn it down. There are some great ways of stacking wood outside to season it. Check out the book Norwegian Wood by Lars Mytting for some truly inspiring log piles and a beautiful read. There are some great examples stacked on pallets and there are some wood piles that are sheer works of art. My trouble is that my stove is quite small and 10in logs from gnarly old trees don’t stack that well, so I was stumped as to what to do. I noticed that I had lots of pallets and pallet collars (used to hold heavy small items on a pallet). So with a pallet, two collars, a few scrap bits of wood, an offcut of stock fencing and a piece of tin I managed to make a firewood store that is easy to pick up with the tractor. This means that it can season wherever I like and I bring it up to the house as we need it. It saves handling everything multiple times and it keeps the wood out of the way until it is needed. I’ve made three so far and plan to make more.
Wood from a tree which fell in a storm
Someone is impressed by Dad’s handiwork
A home made portable wood store