Wood sheds wood boxes and managing the mess
Minimize the work, maximize the enjoyment
Come fall, after the wood has stood in the sun and wind all summer, it needs to be brought in under cover to a convenient location for winter use. And you'll want toarrange the supply to minimize effort and mess. After all, once the work of preparingyour fuel supply is done, wood heating should be a pleasure.Storing your fuel wood supply inside a building is a really good idea, but only after thesun and wind have dried your wood to below 20 per cent moisture. Firewood will not drywell when densely packed inside a building, so dry it first outside. After letting it standout in the open for the summer, storing your winter’s wood inside will keep it dry andmake it more convenient to bring a day or two’s supply into your house.A woodshed is an uninsulated building, usually attached to the house. Some are designedto have air movement through the building, usually under the eaves, but this is notterribly important if the wood is properly air dried before being put into the shed.
Woodshed design considerations:
a.the shed should hold at least a year’s supply of wood for your home. b.there is room to store different categories of wood, if you are so fortunate as tohave a variety, such as
the main pile of hardwood (assuming you are in an area that has hardwood),
an easily accessible kindling spot,
a section of softer woods like birch and poplar which are great for those short, hotfires in the spring and fall,
perhaps a special pile for some "uglies", those impossible to split pieces that aresuitable mostly for a long burn on the coldest winter night, and
maybe a special pile for the cook stove or central furnace (assuming the main pileis for a stove or fireplace)c.enough room to allow a bit of wood splitting inside; it’s pretty common to need tomake some fine kindling or split a few firewood pieces during the heating season.Here is a plan for afunky wood shed.Having the shed on the same level as your wood burner can save a lot of effort intransferring the wood - something that increases in importance as we age. Some peoplehave a door from their wood shed strategically placed so that they can pass wood directlyinto the wood box inside. This saves a lot of steps and heat loss because this small door isnot opened nearly as much as the "human" door to bring in a couple of days’ supply of wood.