Thursday, April 1, 2010

How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Use if a . . .

Well I think I have solved my wood storage crisis.

I've taken over a corner of the backyard behind the garage. It has the advantage of being north facing so it does not get any direct sun. Disadvantages are that being a corner the breeze is obstructed in two directions, the ground is kind of damp, and I can't pile things too high without it becoming visible to the neighbours.

The theoretical maximum storage capacity is four stacks of 15 slabs, each slab 2 feet wide by 2" thick. That's just shy of 2000 bf. However, not all slabs will of course be that size, some will be shorter, or narrower. But this is certainly enough space to see me through until the late spring when I stop milling. Right now the pile has on it the maple I got recently, as well as some more very nice old growth Douglas fir that is close to 2 feet wide.There are a couple slabs of alder in the middle of the pile, they have a very orange tinge to them.

The day after I set this up I was down at the warehouse where I am storing the Mini project. Serendipitously, leaning up against the wall covered in dirt and grime were a bunch of those corrugated fibreglass thingys. I asked and they were mine. Extra sweet since the 8' ones are more than $20 each new. Saved probably a couple hundred on that score. They are great for covering piles of wood to protect them from the rain.


  1. I will take some Maple and Fir please!
    The wife hasn't scolded you yet? ha

  2. Nick,You need to get yourself a chainsaw and start building up an inventory of local woods!

  3. Yeah, I don't have the space to store them, and there is no convenient log gathering area around here ;).
    Trust me... when I can, I will.
    Buuuuuuuut then again you guys have some more interesting trees out there.