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Used Liquid Totes Make Great Firewood Caddies
“Getting firewood into my shop to feed the woodburner was a real hassle until I made these simple caddies from used liquid fertilizer totes,” says Minnesota mechanic Chris Nielsen. “I’m able to fill the totes with wood, then bring them inside with the forklift whenever I need them. Better yet, all the scrap bark and small chips stay in the caddies rather than on my shop floor.”
    Nielsen says he came up with the idea one day when he was splitting wood and piling it on a wood pallet to bring into his shop. “The darn pile kept slipping, even though I had a small rail around the pallet. I happened to look at a tote I had sitting nearby for watering trees and a light went on. I spent about 15 min. with my chop saw cutting away one side of a tote, and that was it. I stacked it full of dry wood and it stayed dry because the top was still on the tote. It worked so well I made another one just like it.”
     Nielsen cut the openings on one side of the totes, just inside the vertical support bars and on top of the horizontal bar about 5 in. from the base. He also left the horizontal metal support on top in place. Cutting radius corners on the tough plastic preserved the strength of the poly container. Rather than toss the metal side grids on the junk pile Nielsen put them on top of the tote. He can stack additional wood there and it won’t slide around.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Nielsen Repair, 25756 Galaxie Ave. W., Farmington, Minn. 55024 (ph 651 463-7116).

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2016 - Volume #40, Issue #2