Instruction: Self-build firewood storage
In times of rising energy prices, more and more people are searching for cheap energy sources. Many heat in winter with oil or gas, but the renewable raw material wood is becoming increasingly attractive. So many households consider buying a modern stove. First of all, interested people have to create a dry lumberyard.
Introduction: Why a Log is Important
The primary rule when heating with a stove is that the wood is dry. Only dry wood can burn well and reach the optimum calorific value. To achieve this, a clean, dry place for the storage of firewood must be created. For a low-emission combustion of the wood, the wood must not contain more than 20 percent residual moisture. Fresh logs are stored for at least two years - not stacked too tightly and if possible protected from rain. Nevertheless, the wood must be lapped with air so that it can dry. Accordingly, the garage is not a suitable storage bin . A canopy on a house wall, where the wood does not reach directly to the wall, is a good solution. Better of course is a specially built wooden shelter. This does not necessarily have to be in the immediate vicinity of the house. The wood is usually brought into the house one day before use.
Preparation: Finding the right location
For the Firewood Understand , a flat piece in the garden is needed. If your plot is not flat and has a slight slope, you can compensate for the difference in height by arranging the pallets in tandem in combination with posts adjusted in height. The weather side of the wood storage must be as waterproof as possible, which is why a house wall is suitable as the back. If this is not possible then you must make compromises and cover the back as much as possible so that no water can penetrate and wet the wood.
Important : Air must be able to circulate in the shelter as well as between the logs. If the stored wood gets wet, it can dry as quickly as possible.
Material & Tools: What you need
You need the following material for the construction of the firewood store:
- Roofing felt and roofing felt pins
- Euro pallets
- Squared timbers
- Wood protection varnish
- Switching boards
- Paving stones
- Wood screws with countersunk button
- Pan head screws
- Fold-in bottom sleeves
- Angle, angle and heavy duty angle connectors
For the construction you need tools , which should be in the possession of a DIY enthusiast anyway, so an additional purchase is not necessary:
- Bosch cordless screwdriver
- Pencil, folding rule, stop angle
- Engraving and chop saw
- (suggestion) hammer
- Hose scale, spirit level
- Open-end wrench
Installation: Erect the firewood store in 10 steps.
- Align the Europallets on paving stones. With the stones you avoid contact with the ground and thus allow sufficient air circulation, which dries the wood later. For uneven surfaces, you can use larger paving stones to balance the angle.
- Join the pallets with angled or flat connectors.
- Determine the position of the bottom of the knock-in sleeves. Depending on the nature of the soil, pre-punching might make sense in order to be able to hammer in the sleeves more easily.
- Insert wooden beams into the sleeves. Using a hose scale, the beams can also be aligned on uneven ground.
- Mark the required length of the wooden beams. For the front and rear posts there must be a slope so that rainwater can drain off the roof. Shorten the wood according to the markings and align with the spirit level so that they are in line. Then secure with flat head screws in the ground sleeves.
- Place the horizontal frame timbers on the vertical posts and connect them with heavy-duty angle connectors and flat-head screws.
- Fix the roof rafters made of square timbers on the now constructed roof construction . Here, too, we use heavy-duty angle connectors for fixing.
- Fasten the shuttering boards with countersunk wood screws across the rafters. Then shorten the lateral overhang uniformly.
- Cover the shuttering boards with roofing felt. Do not forget the backsides and sides of the formwork.
- Finally, screw the formwork boards to the sides of the shelter and paint the structure with wood protection paint - the firewood storage is ready!
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