What Size Shed? Please Help!
I'm embarrassed to even ask, but I am apparently extremely mathematically challenged! Here's what I need: totally enclosed storage for my firewood (not a pole shed, not an open front, etc as it may eventually be used as a goat barn, dry storage for other things, etc), but a regular, rectangular gable roof fully enclosed shed with double doors at the side. I know that much for sure.
I need to store 4 cords of firewood, that I get split & delivered in "12 inch" lengths for my small stove. I put that in "quotes" because it's often 14 or so inches but never a full 16". I can usually stack three rows deep on a typical pallet if that helps. I would like to fit all 4 cords in the shed AND I would like a little additional space for random other things... not a lot extra, just a couple extra feet to walk in front of the wood pile and maybe a little space at one side/end for garden tools and a few boxes, say a few empty feet at one end for some smaller items.
I do realize that a stacked standard cord is 8' long x 4' tall and 4' deep and I also know that's 128 cubic feet. But here's where I'm getting confused. For one thing, sheds are advertised as cubic feet 'they hold' but I don't know if they are referring to filling it to the roof, to the side walls, or what. I would obviously not stack wood to the rafters so I'm not sure exactly how they figure the USABLE cubic feet available for my type of purpose. Additionally, I don't need to stack my wood in exact 8x4x4 size cord-size rows. In fact, I generally stack 5 feet high, which is about as high as I'll go because I'm 5'5" tall and don't want it above my head.
SO: The question is: What's a good shed size that will fit 4 cords of wood, plus a little extra space for a small amount of junk? And please be specific, as in how high the side walls should be for example? Say I have a shed built with 6' side walls.... then what would the foot print need to be IF I stack the wood 5' high? IE; 16' Long x 10' Wide with 6' side walls... that's the type of spelling-out I need. I don't really care what size I make the piles (length and depth) as long as they aren't over 5 feet tall, I guess that's the bottom line.
I've been doodling on paper and looking at tons of sheds online trying to figure this out.... even used a wood calculator website... but can't manage to work out what shed size I need. Please don't laugh at me, I'm struggling here!!
Any help is most appreciated.