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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

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