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    Gamerfan81 Well-Known OPE Member

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    Yeah I'm not one of those guys with large amounts of wood... I just use wood for bonfires,camping and indoor fires in winter...not the best looking stacking but it will do
     
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    Work with what you have, looks good to me. I've probably have TO much wood, as if there is such a thing. City says 1 season worth of wood and I have close to 4, but it takes 3 years to dry would be my argument to them.;)
     
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    Should I cover with a tarp or no?
     
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    USMC615 God...Country...Corps

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    After it’s bucked and split, cover it if you can. But it’s gotta season so...
     
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    USMC615 God...Country...Corps

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    Maybe build a little shed roof coming off the top 2x4 framework of the privacy fence, out about 8 feet or so...set a couple of 4x4 posts in the ground to catch the opposite end. That’ll eliminate any tarp needed, and allow good airflow to help season the splits.
     
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    Can it season with a tarp on?
     
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    I would just cover the top. Leave the sides open.


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    If the tarp is going to drape over it all the way to the ground, it’ll eventually get there, but airflow has gotta get to it, and moisture has gotta escape somehow. If it were stacks and rows four to six feet high, and a tarp draped over as a top cap so to speak, hanging only a couple feet over each side of a stacked row, that would be fine.

    The shed roof deal would be simple to build...two sheets of 1/2” OSB or whatever plywood, only need four rafters, and two side bands and one front band. And of course two 4x4 treated posts. You could frame it outta treated 2x4’s if ya wanted, treated 2x6’s for the little increase would be even better. Buy a roll of 15 or 30 weight felt, roll of roll roofing, kill out the top, be done with it. The whole little project wouldn’t cost much at all.

    You ain’t building a piano...and it would be there and look fairly decent at the same time. And give you a little walking room in btwn rows of splits.
     
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    I was going to make a firewood shed maybe out or pallets I didn't know how though
     
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    USMC615 God...Country...Corps

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    Pallets would be fine for the floor area...keep the wood from ground contact and allow max airflow. Pallets can be used for the sidewalls, etc...but that ain't always the best looking route to go.
     
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    Is it better to split firewood this way?
     
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    If you're hand splitting, depending on your arm length, invest in a Fiskars X27 or X25 Splitting Axe...X27 being the longer handled version of the two. Check out the Fiskars Splitting Maul as well.

    And I'd leave that silly ass YouTube video right where ya found it...
     
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    I have Fisker's x27
     
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    Is a maul better then axe?
     
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    USMC615 God...Country...Corps

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    In certain woods, sure it is because of the weight and taper of the head...but the same can be said for a good splitting axe compared to a maul. Buy that Fiskars Iso-Core I believe is what it's called, and give it a try...only you will know which is better for you, or both.
     
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    I might need to buy the maul because the wood I have no it doesnt seem to split with my x27 I even sharpened it good
     
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    I’ve swung the Fiskars maul a handful of times...it’s a good splitting maul. Amazon prob be the best price, at least there for a while it was.
     
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    Seems another maul.... (truper) I picked it up and it's about same weight as x27
     
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    I didn't like the fiskers and returned it. Ended up buying a Huskavarna splitting axe and love it. So it doesn't have a plastic handle, big deal wrap it with about 4 to 5 inches of 1/4 Nylon rope to protect it and don't miss.

    Glad my wood burning furnace doesn't know I have to have wood drying in the back yard for 3 years to beable to have a fire.
    Or stack my wood, gawd all those finger prints to burn a bit of wood, WHEW.


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    I need to invest in a electric splitter
     
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