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Posted by Chris McLeod about 9 years ago

Winter is slowly exerting its grip here. And with that knowledge in mind, you sometimes have to know when to ask for a bit of help. This week I hired a couple of guys for two days to help turn some of the many fallen trees way down below the house into firewood. I’m pretty handy with a chainsaw and was an accredited chainsaw operator for the local fire brigade, but seriously five guys can do far more work in two days than I can do in many long weeks.

So for those two days of roaring chainsaws, the larger birds and marsupials packed their bags and left for elsewhere. For the small birds, who constantly bounce through the shrubs, it was a serious party time.

It was no party time for me though. During those days the steel frame for the roof of the new firewood shed was constructed and then secured into place on the shed frame. It was really exciting to see the final form of the new wood shed come to life and seriously this thing is built tougher than most people’s houses!

The steel frame for the roof was installed onto the firewood shed frame

After another days work the horizontal rails which are used to secure all of the steel corrugated cladding sheets to the shed frame were installed. This firewood shed is quite unusual not only because it is a custom design using only recycled and down-graded materials, but because the firewood shed will have not only the usual external cladding of corrugated steel, but it will also have an internal lining of steel. That internal lining of steel will (hopefully) stop the very heavy mass of firewood from pushing the external steel cladding away from the frame.

I’ve observed quite a few firewood sheds in this part of the world that have had the external walls pushed outwards because of the serious mass of firewood that has been kept inside them. Once the external cladding comes away from the shed frame, rainfall, insects and reptiles can all enter the firewood shed and cause all sorts of damage to the firewood stored inside! Plus, an additional layer of steel cladding may perhaps assist with the chance of that firewood and shed surviving a bushfire. Also, it is probably not a good idea for your health, to disturb a snoozy snake happily hibernating underneath a mass of firewood. Whilst the snakes here are not the deadliest in the world, being the second deadliest is not much of a consolation should you ever be bitten by one!

For the rest of the entry click on: http://ferngladefarm.blogspot.com.au/

The steel frame for the roof was installed onto the firewood shed frame

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