Do you heat with wood? Do you use kindling that you have foraged in an attempt to save money on fire starter sticks? We do. We go through a lot of kindling, grabbing it from wherever we can whenever we can. And, for ages, we stored it in boxes and bins (and sometimes, yard waste bags) anywhere we could find a spot. If a spot was both vacant and dry, it probably had a box, bag, or plastic bin full of kindling there at one time or another. Some spots had one there perpetually. Often they would be stacked on top of each other. As winter approached every year, I would often count two dozen boxes & bins all over the place and not just on the porch. I would find them in the garage, in the dining room, in the back of the truck, on the FRONT porch for all my neighbors to enjoy, and in the family room. It was insanity. I wanted ONE (just ONE – count it) spot where all kindling could be housed and accessible and kept dry and out of the way. Was that asking too much? Eddie did not think so. I think he shared my pain. So he thought and he thought. He decided to build a kindling bin. The man is BRILLIANT, let me tell you.
You see, HE knew we not only needed a kindling storage solution but we ALSO needed someplace to set seed trays in the spring. So he decided, “Why not do both? A two-fer project!” So he built a huge kindling bin with a fold down lid. Said lid was perfect for setting seed trays in the sun. But first we had to clear a space, measure it, and gather the materials. For details on that, see How To Use Space Wisely (and Keep Your Sanity).
THE OLD WAY TO STORE KINDLING
THE NEW WAY TO STORE KINDLING – (Imagine sounds of the heavens opening and angels singing!)
If you deal with this issue all the time too, then read on. Here is what you do:
First, clear the space where you want your kindling bin to sit. In our case, we moved my glass table out to the yard, knowing that when we were done, the top of the kindling bin would be become my second temporary potting station until the real potting station was done. The glass table was the first temporary potting station.
This was just phase two of reclaiming our porch for practical purposes. Wait until you see the next two parts … How To Build a Potting Station and How To Build a Garden Sink. Where do you keep your kindling? How do you keep it dry?