2016 - Volume #40, Issue #2, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Labor-Saving Firewood Pallet System
The firewood pallets he builds are closed at one end and open at the other. A home-built, 3-pt. mounted fork is used to move them around.
He uses 4 pallets - one for the bottom and 3 for the sides. The sides are wired to each other at the top and bottom corners and also to the bottom pallet. A single wire strand extends across the top at the open end to keep the sides from springing out too far.
“I use electric fence wire because it’s tough, yet easy to handle,” says Strahle. “It takes a little practice to wire the pallets securely.”
He says his pallet firewood handling system results in much less handling of firewood. “I load wood into pallets for drying and storage, and then unload it directly into my outdoor stove.”
Strahle built extensions for the 3-pt. fork and drilled a hole in them so he can tow his log splitter to the woods. “I place the splitter next to the open end of the pallet, then load the split wood on to the pallet,” says Strahle. “I don’t want the pallets to freeze to the ground so I sometimes set them on top of a regular pallet.”
He protects the pallets with plastic covers that are stapled to the side pallets and to the firewood. The ends are left open. The plastic keeps rain and snow off.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dennis Strahle, Eagle, Mich. (ph 517 626-2303; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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