Repurposing Milled Lumber, Tractor Implements, Fire-Damaged Trees and More



On our homestead, we repurpose whenever we can. “Repurpose” is utilizing something for a use other than what it was originally intended. After something can no longer be used for its original purpose, the user envisions putting it to another use where its function can be renewed in a different form. Our homestead is far from hardware stores, so we are especially attentive to possibilities of repurposing.

Small or Large Items

We repurpose coffee cans to hold nuts, bolts, nails, screws and such. We have also found that dog biscuit plastic containers can be reused for the same items that coffee cans are repurposed for. The clear plastic ones are especially valuable to reuse because when the label is removed I can see what is stored inside. From cans to tractor implements that are broken and not repairable, we repurpose whenever possible.

Broken Tractor Rear Blade

One example was what to do with a broken rear blade for our tractor. It had broken at a critical point and I had it welded back together. Regretfully, the second weld broke at the same place and that was the last that the implement would see any service. I disassembled the blade and found a use for most of the parts. The blade is used as an anchor to hold down the end of the tarp that covers our tractor. Another piece was used as a stanchion to hold firewood at the end of our woodpile.

New Portable Firewood Holder

The remaining pieces were used to fashion a portable firewood holder (see photo). In the winter when the wind blows and the snow accumulates and gets deep, getting to the woodshed can be difficult. Now we can locate the repurposed firewood holder close to the back door. That way we have a reserve stash of firewood close to the door where it is more accessible.

Wildfire Damage

I have written in the past that we had a major wildfire two years ago. (Spring Creek wildfire, the sixth largest in Colorado history). The heat was so intense, many trees were incinerated; however, some aspen trees, being mostly water, were spared albeit the bark was burned. The wood under the bark was heat dried and can still be used as excellent firewood if you don’t mind the mess.

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