Made-It-Myself Firewood Bucket

David Fisher of Syracuse, N.Y., built a firewood-carrying bucket that works with a tractor or skid steer.


     “I made it from part of a round bale hay ring and hog panel,” he says. “I enjoy turning logs into split firewood, which I store under cover before selling. I built this firewood carrying bucket to make an easier way to move firewood from the wood splitter to several storage areas.” The carrying bucket holds about 1.5 face cords of firewood. Fisher fills it directly from the wood splitter and carries the firewood to storage. “It works much better than a regular loader bucket,” he explains. “I find it easy to load up the firewood directly into the firewood bucket with minimal handling. In fact, the wood splitter pushes about 75 percent of the pieces into the bucket with no handling.”


     The large-capacity carrier then filters out small debris through the fence panel, leaving clean firewood behind. “For that reason alone, I’d say it works better than a traditional loader bucket.”


     It took Fisher about 4 hrs. to cut the square tubing, weld the frame to the quick-attach plate, spot-weld the fence panel into place, and paint it. “I paid $169 for the 3/8 quick-attach plate, and the 4-ft. by 16-ft. fence panel was $59.” He used a 1/3 section of a round bale feeder to make most of the frame, adding on a backstop panel. Likewise, he added some 1/4-in. 2 by 2 tubing and 1 by 1 tubing to the round bale feeder to achieve his desired dimensions.


     “This is the second one I built. The primary change was to make the backstop a bit taller so it’s easier to finish loading the bucket.” Fisher estimates his bucket easily holds 1.5 face cords, weighing up to 2,500 lbs.


     Fisher uses four retired self-unloading wagons for firewood storage, each with two or three steel sides and a roof. “Those hold 18 face cords, and I also have a traditional woodshed that holds 45 face cords.” He uses about 50 modified totes that he handles with a pallet fork and stores under a Quonset roof made from an 18-ft. grain bin cut in half.


     “Here’s my advice for anyone who wants to make something similar—start with a round bale feeder panel. That’ll provide good support under the fence panel. Also, use a heavy-duty quick-attach plate.”


     Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dave Fisher, 4092 Bussey Rd., Syracuse, N.Y. 13215