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Woodshed

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:06 pm
by KathyLauren
I have just finished building a new woodshed. The old one was too far away from the house to haul wood in a storm, too small, and too airtight, despite being rickety. Our objectives for the new one were:
1. close to the back door, with no intervening gates;
2. not too far from the driveway for deliveries of wood;
3. well-ventilated to facilitate drying;
4. two bays, each big enough to hold 1 normal winter's firewood, which we estimated at 3 cords.

The two bay requirement is important. It means that we can fill one bay while consuming wood from the other. It allows us to keep wood for two years, ensuring that it is properly dried. And it provides a reserve if one winter proves to be colder than average.

It took about a month to build. I did all the labour myself. The roof is steel. The floor will be gravel in a couple of days. The exterior boards are spaced 1/2" apart for ventilation. The soffits at the top and bottom of the shed roof are open, again for ventilation. And the retainers at the sides of the bays keep the firewood 8" from the exterior walls. The space between the bays is 9.5". The bays are each 7 feet by 10 feet, and wood can be stacked 6 feet high at the rear and 8 feet at the front.

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Re: Woodshed

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:11 pm
by nickholden
looks good to me kathy

Re: Woodshed

Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:13 am
by Green Aura
Brilliant.

We have something similar (built by our predecessors - I don't think we could even dream of building something so well) in an L-shaped bit of the house. It was built primarily as a lean-to to protect the front door from the prevailing South-Westerlies and doubles up as wood store and houses our bins. Even though the wood is only about 3m(ish) from the door it can sometimes seem like a battle to get the wood so I can understand your need to get one close enough for the winter conditions.

Re: Woodshed

Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:31 am
by Odsox
Very nice.
My woodshed is nowhere big enough, as a consequence there is never anywhere sensible to put new logs because the shed is still full of 4 or 5 year old logs.
I have quite a lot of new wood to saw up that's stacked outside, but there's no room in the official woodshed. If I don't log it up soon though it will start to rot, so I guess the garage will be pressed into service as woodshed #2.

Re: Woodshed

Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:17 pm
by diggernotdreamer
one of the handiest ladies I know, a thing of beauty and a joy to behold, and I am talking about the woodshed, I would love one like that

Re: Woodshed

Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:05 pm
by Thomzo
I am in awe of your woodshed. Can I move in?

Re: Woodshed

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 2:34 pm
by ina
Looks too nice for a mere woodshed! :)

Re: Woodshed

Posted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 6:48 pm
by Skippy
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