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Leprechaun 12-05-2012 09:44 PM

Plans/instructions for firewood pass-through?
I would like to be able to add a feature to my home for passing firewood from outside into the house through a box built into the wall. I recall seeing examples a few years ago but now that I would like one myself, I can't find any plans or info. I really need to learn from someone with experience rather than just jumping in and trying to get it right the first time -- this would require cutting at least one stud if an armload of firewood is going to be easily placed in the box.

What is needed is a box big enough to hold two or three armloads of firewood (probably lined with galvanized); a draft-tight door inside big enough to easily unload the firewood; and a weather-tight door outside big enough to be able to easily load an armload.

Feeding the firewood in end-wise one-at-a-time would not sufficiently better than carrying the firewood into the house to make it worth the cost and effort of construction, so I'm stuck on a box with interior dimensions of about 30-34" wide by perhaps 24" high and perhaps 20-24" deep.

As it happens, the house elevation is almost ideal for this objective so that does not pose any constraints.

Any comments will be appreciated, and thanks for reading.


cleveman 12-06-2012 09:26 PM

I would just build a small vestibule about 30" deep (inside dimension) as a knock-out, with exterior doors on both sides, full height.

That is, it would stick out from the house and you could have a small shed roof or even a gable roof on it.

I would fill it up from floor to above your head and close the door. This would be ideal for times when it might be rainy for a few days at a time. Get a couple of wheelbarrow loads in the "closet" while it is dry, and you are set.

Also helps keep vermin outside the house.

This "poop" could easily be erased from the surface of the house in the future and sided over again.

Leprechaun 12-07-2012 03:38 PM

Hey, add an 'r' to your handle between the 'em' -- that's a clever idea!

However, how could that weight be supported without a foundation? The joists would be perpendicular in the only appropriate place for such a "poopy" construction. The poop itself would add considerable tension and sheer; load it head-height with firewood and...


cleveman 12-07-2012 04:45 PM

You can handle it however you are handling foundations down there.

Were it here, I would have the bsmt guy form it out like an appendage. I would place it in the middle of a long wall and it would strengthen up that wall.

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