Thursday, April 20, 2017

Firewood Cutting Frame

So for something different today, the heating season is over and thoughts of replenishing my wood shed have entered my mind. I heat my house and shop with wood and electric back-up. Usually I stock my shed in the fall but this year I want to build up my outdoor drying pile in the fall.

A lot of my property was cut over for its timber 18 years ago. I want to save the remaining mature timber for a bandsaw mill I have dreams of building someday. This means most of my firewood is newer growth up to about 10" in diameter. Cutting all this small stuff into stove size cord wood was a long tedious process. About 5 years ago I came up with a firewood cutting frame that has greatly reduced my cutting time.

In recent years I have seen cutting frames available in the marketplace, but they are all made of metal and without care, can damage your chainsaw and the consequent safety issue. My frame is all wood with the exception of the sawhorse brackets and is still as solid as when I built it 5 heating seasons ago.

The construction is relatively simple. I took 2 sawhorses and firmly joined them together with 1 X 4 strapping and drywall screws. The uprights are 2 X 4's , the length is what is comfortable to the user and the spacing should be such that your saw will cut through the complete stack in one pass.

So here we go with a cut sequence. First stack your would roughly centered in the frame. If you have large wood on top you can go above the top of the uprights. If you have only small wood stay below the top of the uprights, so the saw doesn't pull the wood out of the frame.

Almost done.

All done.

And this is what you get after loading the frame 4 times. Ready to stack.

My wood storage is built in two compartments each 5' X 14'. Each compartment is good for 1 heating season. The picture was at the end of last years heating season. Time to recharge it. I load from this end and remove from the other end which is accessed from my garage/workshop.

All charged up, ready for another heating season.

My firewood is a mix of birch, pine, popular and spruce and since most is relatively small this 5 ton import splitter fit the bill nicely. I modified it by adding an angle iron stand and adding wheels for mobility.

I also modified this dolly for transporting firewood from the shed to the house and shop. 1 fill will last an average of 2 days, nice when there's a storm blowing outside.