I had a cordwood hen house and a smoke house that I built back in 2008, never took pictures of them and shortly before I got sick in 2016 a storm blew over a giant old red oak that landed perfectly across both of the cordwood buildings. That old red oak (56 inches diameter three feet up the based and 41" diameter 60 feet up where the crown split out.) demolished both buildings into blown apart rubble, with a lot of concrete chunks mixed in Short of getting hit with something that massive they were very stout buildings. So fast forward two years and some change forward to the present and today in 2018. I was out walking around a bit ago and was debating what to do with the six 10' long logs I cut that giant trunk in to. Normally I run the red oak through the sawmill and make 1"x boards but the absolute biggest logs my mill can handle are 38" diameter ones. Make no mistake a 38" diameter log is a big log (For those that don't know.) Red oak unlike post oak, pin oak, white oak etc. Is a much softer oak and much more prone to rotting and while OK for firewood it is far from ideal, with about 1/3 the burn time of white oak and about 1/2 the burn and BTUs of hickory. Where it shines is in building and is best suited to making 1" wall covering planks as it is also a very pretty wood. But it won't fit on the mill and it is not suitable to shave down with the chainsaw mill to make it fit. So while sitting on one of the logs thinking about this........... I was like DUH dumb ass! Rebuild the buildings it took out with it!!! LOL all of the wood from the original buildings got burned in the wood stove, the first winter when I could not make firewood. Anyway after two years of those big logs sitting up off the ground on poles, the bark has all fallen off and a lot of the moisture has bled out. So it is just a matter of cutting the logs into 14" chunks, and splitting them into the desired dimensions. The splitting will be easy as well since it is 60 feet of nice straight no knot grain. I left the limestone foundation blocks and the post oak beams that rest on those blocks where they were since those were the only parts of the buildings not destroyed by the big red oak. Not even it had the force to snap a 22' x 14" x 16" solid post oak beam on solid stone blocks The first buildings I used mostly unsplit round wood from banches and smaller trees when I first moved here and cleared the section of the woods for the home area. This time I will split the logs into roughly 4" x 6" x 14" blocks and start laying them like bricks and mortaring them together on top of the original post oak on stone beams. And get up to 8 feet on the front and 7 feet on the back side slap a pole and tin slant roof angled toward the prevailing SW winds I get here and have my buildings back and be able to use the carport the hens have called home since 2016 for something else. Those 14" walls were a lot warmer and less drafty than 14 gauge steel walls on the carport And I have never had a better smoke house for cold or hot smoking than the one that got smashed. The hen house foundation foot print and original building was 14' wide x 24' long and the smoke house was a simple 8x8 square with two inside smoke pits on two sides for hot smoking and a barrel and underground smoke pipe coming to a center floor vent for cold smoking . It also made a good beef or deer hanging room in the late fall and winter to age them a bit and not freeze the carcass. The smoke house and its functions btw were/are strictly for my personal use and benefit and food supply. LOL While I am the T5R and the T5R is me there is still a private side to the T5R where the public is not wanted or welcome Anyway that was todays great inspiration for the fall and early winter project now that I am healthy enough once again to have a project other than getting healthy enough to once again have a project list And a good way to do something useful with those big ass logs I seem to always have to move around with the tractor! I will start a new thread or resurrect this one around the end of October with pictures and progress.