Our driveway and our basement door are on opposite sides of the house, so last winter if we wanted to bring wood into the basement, we either had to drive across the backyard or fill a wheel barrow with wood, then carry it down the steps (or throw it down for a messier stack). Always full of Yankee ingenuity, Ed came up with a new system for this winter. First, he put a chute through the foundation from the garage into the basement. Now, he can drive his truck into the garage, or wheel in smaller loads as he did today, and throw the wood down the chute into the basement. He fabricated a steel sliding door to close the chute while not in use.
However, the wood stove is on the opposite side of the basement, so next Ed came up with a way to catch the wood and transport it there. He built this wooden cart and installed a latch on the wall below the chute, so wood thrown down the chute wouldn’t push the cart across the floor. While the wood doesn’t exactly get stacked neatly in the cart, it’s a huge improvement on the “throw down the stairs” method I would employ. In the picture below, you can see a piece of wood falling from the chute into the cart.
After all the wood is unloaded, we can unlatch the cart and wheel it over to the wood stove on the other side of the basement.
Often when Ed comes home from work, he’ll ask me to wheel over the cart, then he’ll throw the wood through the chute (sometimes I help…) and one of us will wheel it back over to the stove.
What are some systems you’ve come up with to make things work more smoothly in your home?