Don and I have been cutting and splitting lots and lots of firewood lately. Winter's a-coming, after all.
We've traditionally stacked wood on the front porch.
Trouble is, the front porch will only hold so much -- maybe a cord, if we really stuff it. That's one of the reasons we always cut wood throughout the winter, rather than stacking up a winter's worth of firewood in one spot. (I guess we could always build a woodshed, but it just hasn't happened.)
So this year Don started stacking firewood on the side porch. This is a fine idea, except it too can only hold so much. In large part this is because there are no side supports to hold up the wood, so we can only stack it a few feet high before it wants to topple down.
So, smart guy that he is, he simply installed some 2x6s braced against the porch roof, and voila: vertical wood storage.
He put in a 2x4 under the roof awning where the 2x6s are braced, making them secure. The boards are slightly angled in and the bases are held in place by the weight of the firewood. The beauty of this arrangement is the boards can simply be removed as the wood is used up.
As we split more wood, he added more boards.
Like the front porch, this side porch faces against the prevailing wind, so it will be largely protected from snow.
He has room for just one more board, then that side of the porch will be filled.
I must say, all this extra wood gives a very nice feeling.
Vertical firewood stacking. What'll they think of next?