Best Firewood Log Carriers: What are they?
Log carriers are used to transport logs from one location to another. They may be made out of any material, but most commonly they’re made out of canvas or some other durable fabric such as leather. These carriers are usually attached to a truck, trailer, or flatbed vehicle and then driven along the road at high speed. When the carrier reaches its destination, it’s loaded onto a flatbed truck and taken away.
How do they work?
The main purpose of these carriers is to move large amounts of wood quickly over long distances. They’re very popular because they allow you to get your firewood much closer to where you live than if you had to go through a local lumber yard or even drive it yourself.
There are two types of log carriers: hitch and roll. Hitch carriers have a hook at the top which hooks into the back of the truck bed.
Rollers have wheels on them so they can be rolled along the ground instead of being hooked onto a truck bed. Both types work well for transporting logs, however there are advantages and disadvantages to each type.
What are the advantages?
– You don’t have to load the truck yourself, which saves you a lot of time and energy.
– The carrier attaches to your truck so you can transport a lot more wood than you would be able to without one.
– The carrier protects your firewood from getting dinged or damaged along the way. With the right carrier, you don’t need tarps or other materials to keep the wood safe.
What are the disadvantages?
– The carriers can cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on the size and quality. They may also require a special hitch which could add to the price.
– There is a chance that you carrier could get damaged or destroyed. If that happens then you’ll need to get it repaired or replaced which can be a hassle.
– There is an initial learning curve with the carriers as most people don’t have experience using them. Expect it to take a few tries to learn how to get the best performance from your carrier and how to get it on the hitch.
What should I look for?
Carriers come in all different types, sizes, and quality of materials. It can be hard to tell what is going to be best for you. The best way is to decide how much firewood you need to transport at a time and then finding a carrier that can accommodate that amount. Once you know that, you can look at the pros and cons of each carrier and find the one that sounds best for you.
– Hitch carriers are attached directly to your truck bed. Most of them hook into your truck’s existing hitch so you don’t have to purchase any extra parts for it to work.
The main advantage of hitch carriers is that they are very quick and easy to load because all you have to do is back the truck up to it and lower the gate. The disadvantage is that the truck bed is now partially inaccessible because the carrier is in the way. You can’t carry anything else in the bed of the truck unless you remove the carrier first.
– Rollers are carried on a set of wheels so they can rolled onto the ground without having to be attached to anything. This allows you to keep your truck open without any extra parts or hassle.
The main advantage of rollers is that you can use the entire bed of your truck for hauling other materials or large machinery. The main disadvantage is that rollers are very heavy and awkward to move around so loading them can take a lot of time. It can be difficult to get them into position without damaging the wood or the carrier itself.
Both types have advantages and disadvantages so the choice is really up to you and what you think would work best in your situation.
Sources & references used in this article:
Folding carrier. by WJ Best – US Patent 732,037, 1903 – Google Patents
Apparatus for measuring, cutting and splitting logs by B Connolly, JB Bradicich – US Patent 4,286,638, 1981 – Google Patents
Two handle log and firewood pickup tool by D Considine – US Patent 9,027,974, 2015 – Google Patents
Log carrier by DE Flynn – US Patent 4,186,956, 1980 – Google Patents
Man’s best friend–mammoth’s worst enemy? A speculative essay on the role of dogs in Paleoindian colonization and megafaunal extinction by SJ Fiedel – World Archaeology, 2005 – Taylor & Francis
Loading device for firewood by JB Smith – US Patent 4,355,831, 1982 – Google Patents