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Les 06-24-2007 11:13 AM

Wood storage entry height
What do you think the minimum acceptable height would be. Mine is looking to come in around 28 inches. Can some of you post your numbers to see if I'm close. I'm an average size guy but I don't want to be skinning my chin getting wood.



Hendo 06-24-2007 11:04 PM

Re: Wood storage entry height

My main wood storage area is around the back of the oven, as I have incorporated an ash pit at the front below the vent landing. In addition to which, my ground steps down three brick courses from the oven slab to the main outdoor kitchen area & oven entry point. So I've ended up with only 27" and I would have dearly liked more! If it wasn't for the step down, I could have achieved a height of 35".

I'm not looking forward to retrieving wood right at the back of the wood storage area, which is four feet deep. Definitely a hands and knees job. At least with the smooth steel flooring which supports the hearth slab, I may minimise abrasions to my balding head (but not the bruises)!

If possible, I'd recommend you go higher.

Cheers, Paul.

Bacterium 06-25-2007 12:18 AM

Re: Wood storage entry height
a sheetmetal mate of mine mentioned a big pull out box on rollers - kind of like a big pull out drawer. Bit keen for me :eek:

I only put the cut/split wood under mine which are about 12inches long....and few inches thick. I've worked out how to throw them in there (under oven) into a reasonable pile (off the wheelbarrow). Then to get them out I grab them with my fire poker which has a hook on the end. Probably not the absolute neatest method but I can get enough timber in there to stoke the oven about 3 times.....

james 06-25-2007 05:20 AM

Re: Wood storage entry height
The pullout tray almost sounds like one of those storage trays you put under your kids' beds. I wonder if there is an off-the-shelf solution for that? Something on casters.

Archena 06-25-2007 05:51 AM

Re: Wood storage entry height
Industrial casters on a wood box frame? ~shrug~

I'm thinking of putting openings on both the front and back with the back at least having a door to keep things dry. That way I can reach everything. The problem with the tray is you can't store as much unless you're Superman - wood does have weight. For me I couldn't store much more than a few firings worth - ninety pound weakling here (although I only wish I weighed ninety pounds! ~sigh~). No way I could pull out even a half cord of wood without a winch.

Les 06-25-2007 08:43 AM

Re: Wood storage entry height
Thanks for the input! I see a lot of openings that are 3 block high, mine sets at 4. That makes it a little easier but it's still tight. I like the roll out tray idea, I might play with that when I find all my extra time.


RTflorida 06-25-2007 09:18 AM

Re: Wood storage entry height
Les, When you find the secret to extra sure to take good notes and pictures and to the fountain of youth and money trees, that is probably the most elusive goal in life.

The wood storage, mine is 3 blocks high - 24" wide. I'm on my hands and knees pulling out wood for every fire...but I knew that when I built it. One of those things I really didn't think through; I was happy the basic plans allowed for covered wood storage.
Now, like everyone else, I'm thinking how things could be better or how I will build my next oven differently....did I just say 'next oven'??? Someone slap some sense into me, I'm still recovering from this build.


james 06-25-2007 11:12 AM

Re: Wood storage entry height
Hey Les,

One other thing. Unless your hearth is unusually thick, I would put more effort into calculating the cooking floor height and than the wood store dimensions. Get the cooking floor where you want it, and let the wood storage fall out from that.


OK, forget casters -- ball bearing glides (like the under-glide kitchen drawers) for the woodstore. What do you think?

CanuckJim 06-25-2007 11:46 AM

Re: Wood storage entry height

Frankly, I went to considerable effort in getting my under oven opening as large as I could, once the hearth height was determined. In practice, I don't use the area for wood storage at all. Instead, I use it for a large ash pail. Behind that, I've stored extra brick, brick sand and covered pails of various cements: Portland, Type N, Type S, because it's so dry back there.

For wood storage, I built a separate woodshed close by that has enough gaps in it for air circulation so the wood seasons properly. A woodshed needen't be anything elaborate: roof board sides, 2 x 6 floor, metal roof. Just a thought.


Les 06-25-2007 11:55 AM

Re: Wood storage entry height
My cooking floor will be around 40 inches - I recall this being the target height.

I'm not aware of any economical drawer slides that can support the weight. Another option would be angle iron and grooved casters. The problem with that is the tracks would have to extend beyound the storage area. I have an extra garage door opener laying around. That could be the ticket. Just press the button on the FOB and your wood rolls out - how cool would that be?


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