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 04-01-2004, 20:19 Post: 81817
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So the other day I was buying a roll of 3'x100' 4 mil plastic that I've been using on my woodpiles, then noticed after I got back that it was clear rather than black. I was wondering if anyone knows which holds up better, other advantages...

... then wondered what all of us who have large woodpiles are using and liking. I use the 3x100 plastic mostly because of cost: a roll is only US$7.50, seems hard to beat even if I replace it every 2 years, sometimes it lasts 3.

I have 2 main stacks, one about 100' long and the other about 40', holding about 6+ cords total.

Any other thoughts on covers or any other woodpile hints?






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 04-01-2004, 21:00 Post: 81820
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I am a little spoiled as I have access to scrap upholstery vinyl. I got a 500 yd roll a number of years ago and used it for all different things like wood piles.
I put 4 foot eaves on the garage/barn so I can stack wood along the length of the barn.
My father build a wood shed with open sides and raised floor. It seems to dry wood well despite being stacked together.






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 04-01-2004, 21:06 Post: 81822
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I USE OLD POOL COVERS/BLACK TO ABSORB HEAT,THEY ALLOW WATER VAPOR TO ESCAPE BUT REPEL WATER AND SNOW. I ROUND UP THE STACK SO TO ALLOW DEBRIS TO ROLL OFF.






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 04-01-2004, 21:09 Post: 81823
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We only use 1-2 cords a year. I set up four firewood racks by using 14 foot long 2x4's and some of those steel end brackets they sell. Then I bought some 4x18 (I think) blue plastic tarps and strap them down with bungee cords. It works pretty well for us.






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 04-02-2004, 03:27 Post: 81840
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Wood sheds are the best way, but not the only way. My new one has 6' overhangs for equipment storage. The wood bays are 10'X10'X10'. It's built like a crib and wood is thrown in and not stacked. This year it go in by elevator. But I try to stay a year ahead also.

I also have access to used conveyor belting 36" wide. If I could only stack in rows outside it would be on landscape timbers and covered with this type of belting.

We have lots and it would be worth a trip. Many of the towns come and scrounge it for their floors to drive their chained up plows on.






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 04-02-2004, 04:59 Post: 81844
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A lot of people believe to leave it right out in the rain
and sun is best for the summer, then cover it or put it away in the fall?






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 04-02-2004, 08:28 Post: 81855
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I got a couple of used 5 ton truck bodies from a friend who bought 3 trucks but just wanted the trucks not the boxes.

I placed them on concrete blocks to keep them 2' up off the ground. The bodies had been meat delivery units so they had steel floors and big hole where the reefer unit had been. I made a heavy steel mesh grate to cover the openings and a hood over that again to keep out rain. The back doors got a similar treatment, but at the bottom instead of the top. Then they got a coat of black paint.

The wood gets stacked in 4'x4'x4' (ish) steel mesh bins which are then loaded into the boxes. The wood is 'aged' for at least one full year, the date of loading gets put on the door with grease pencil. The black box in the sun all summer creates tremendous heat, that 'bakes' the wood dry, the top and bottom vents make for very good ventilation using only convection currents, on a hot day there is quite a draft at the upper vent.Each box holds a little over 6 bush cords and the pallet boxes make handling the wood with forks on the FEL a breeze.

As wood is needed it gets moved one box at a time to the house (garage), shop, or customers for burning.

Best of luck.






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 04-02-2004, 15:55 Post: 81903
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I converted my fireplace to propane, when the wife wants a fire I just sit in my chair push the button on the remote an instant fire. Warm, clean and no hassle I wish I had done this years ago. needless to say no more wood piles to deal with.






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 04-03-2004, 13:04 Post: 81993
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The most important thing to look for when buying plastic is the UV rating. It does not matter if it is clear or black if your use is only to keep it dry. Here in Durango we use clear plastic with UV protection to kill Ips beetles in the wood. The clear plastic transfers more heat to the wood. The black plastic may feel hotter but it will not transfer as much heat as the clear. Clear acts just like a greenhouse.






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