Wood Shed

September 27, 2015


Putting up the woodshed was not in our plans for this year, but as the weather started to turn cool we began to wonder about how best to store the wood for the house this winter. Last winter we stored it inside the house, and that’s not an option any longer as the inside nears completion. After considering the options, we decided the best was to dig in and put the woodshed up this fall.

After all the construction projects we’ve done in the last couple years, the woodshed was fairly easy to do. It has taken us about 1 week to complete, but with cooler weather coming fast, we had an extra push to work hard and get it done fast.

The woodshed is attached to the north side of the house off the side door. It serves a dual function. Firstly, its conveniently located close to the wood box in the kitchen so no need to go outside in the blustery weather when the wood box needs refilling. Secondly, it has an attached porch. The porch will serve as an airlock to the north facing door, cutting down on cold north drafts coming in whenever the door is opened. In addition, the porch is a great place to keep muddy boots. Since the porch is unheated, it is also a good place to store the freezer for the winter, close to the kitchen and cold so it should not have to run much.

North side siding and woodshed_Sep 22 2015We built the woodshed/porch on a deck made of treated lumber on groundhog anchors, the same way we built the veranda deck. After the walls, rafters and plywood sheeting on the roof went up, we realized this was the perfect opportunity to side the north side of the house. We could use the low sloping roof of the woodshed to give us the height required to reach the gable end peak of the house. Once the tin goes on the roof, that opportunity is lost.

After siding the house, we put the tin up on the woodshed roof. We are not going to put the siding on the woodshed this year, that can wait till next summer. And we don’t plan to finish the inside of the porch this year either. More important things to do, like fill the woodshed with wood.

Porch with attached woodshed

Porch with attached woodshed

In the picture above you can see the porch has a small deck/landing outside. It is done in composite and green wood. The log used to support the deck is a poplar tree the beavers took down. We treated the bottom with a preservative.

We have begun transferring our wood pile into the woodshed and hauling in more wood for the winter.  Since fall is a great time to work on paths through the bush (no pesky mosquitoes) , we start our mornings with a dog walk down one of our paths. We spend some time clearing a bit more path and some time gathering good burnable deadwood. With a quarter section of bush around us, we have no shortage of deadwood.

beaver cut logsWe do not cut down live trees for firewood but prefer to use already dead wood. The beavers help us out a great deal. They chop down large trees and delimb them to get the branches. They cart the branches back to their den to use for winter food. We cut up the large tree trunks left for firewood without having to dispose of the branches. A perfect symbiotic relationship.



wood storedThe woodshed when full, will hold about 5 cords of wood. We are not sure how many cords it will take to heat the house for the entire winter. So far we have about 1 1/2 cords in.

We also have a woodshed about the same size attached to the shop. So far we have about 2 cords stored in that one. Still lots of wood cutting days in store for us.



About Darlene & Ken

Experiencing life off the grid, building a home, and trying to live sustainably.
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