Now that you have cut and split the wood (maybe with a splitting maul or wood splitter) and ready to seasoned and dry your firewood, the next important step that you need to do is stacking them. In a way, this is the easiest and most fun to do when drying firewood.
You got to clean up that lumber mess you have made on the ground and now have to arrange them in neat pile. How would you do it? Is there a science in this seemingly easy piling?
Surely, you would not want these logs just lying around and left to dry by itself in this disorder pile.
Seasoned builders usually find fun in stacking their woods so it can dry and be ready for the next fall and winter season.
Like them, you will also find a way to get the job done by knowing some basic rules and effective methods in stacking woods. You then just have to complete this last step in drying your firewood.
What comes next is more than six months of waiting before finally burning them on your wood stove.
Here in this article, we will walk you through with the basic detailed stacking technique for your cut and split firewood. After reading this, expect that you know all the essential information for an effective stacking procedure.
The Groundwork to Start it All
After you have completely done the splitting, it’s time now to stack your firewood. But what’s the best way to do it?
You may opt for a pre-built wood rack, which will make your job quick and easy. You can purchase and choose one that is strong enough to house your firewood. More than this, pre-built wood rack is expected to elevate your stacking from the ground thus avoiding it rotting at the bottom.
The rule of thumb then is to make your stack on a level and dry ground.
If you are going to stack your firewood outdoors, it is important to choose a place where there will be no chance of water pooling around or underneath your woodpile. This is why having a proper drainage is it important.
You may also choose a location where direct rainfall will not drench it with rainwater. Avoid placing it under overhang. If you need to place your woodpile outdoors, don’t also forget to cover it with a tarp.
Different Styles of Stacking
Now that you have decided and chosen a place to stack your firewood so it can dry and ready for your wood stove in the coming fall and winter season, your next concern is how to stack them.
The structure of your stack will depend on the storage space you will use, but given that you can use any structure you prefer, ensure that your stack gets enough sunlight as well as having a proper airflow so it can dry faster.
Here are some basic stacking structures you can do:
This is the most basic technique in stacking firewood. It consists of row of wood pieces put together on top of each other. Usually this structure has a vertical stop over it, such as a 2×4 board or column of woods arranged perpendicularly. In this type of structure, proper sunlight and airflow is assured for fast drying process.
This type of stack structure seems simple to do but can be tricky when actually doing it. You have to put the woods in circular pattern, wherein one end meets with the other woods. This structure can prove to be compact yet the airflow is limited that can lengthen the drying process.
To be effective in this type of structure, you must be mindful that the weight of the stack leans back at the center. This can very well work with lopsided and uneven pieces. The best woods for this type of structure are those that are thin at one end and fat at the other.
This is probably one of the most true-and-tested stacking structures practiced by those who dry firewood. This structure entails to pile woods mimicking a tower and is consisted, when completed, of rows of piled woods.
Tower stack can be tricky and fussy at times since you need to find the right pieces to do it. A wise approach on this is to avoid shimming but rather put together pieces that fit on their own. This way, you will not have to experience your stack crumbling or collapsing.
How to Avoid Falling Piles
Though you have stacked your firewood in neat piles and have used a good technique in doing so, it sometimes cannot be avoided that piles collapse. A good way to avoid this from happening is using sticks to support the woodpile.
This will give them stability and stronger resistance from strong winds. This should also be coupled with stacking your woods only up to four feet high.
How to Avoid Bottom Rot
When building your wood stacks, one of your aim is to prevent bottom rot. This usually happens as yellow mold or fungus grew on the wood. The best way to prevent his is by building a concrete blocks. It can keep the ground water where it should be as well as giving the pile a solid ground.
Additional Tips to Go By
Piling your woods in stacks usually poses little problems and here’s how you can address them:
” Use Globes: When laying your stacks of woods, you may not avoid getting splinter wood in your hands. To avoid this, use globes for protection.
” Ignore the Bugs: The rule of thumb is not to swat any bug that you find in your woodpile. You may find a reclusive spider hiding in the stacks and can give you a fatal bite. Ignore them as they will in any way take cover if exposed to light.
As you prepare yourself for the next fall and winter season, stacking your firewood is the last step you need to do after cutting and splitting it. The type of your structure will very well influence how you can dry your firewood. Yet, remembering the tips and tricks shared in this article will assure you that your firewood are dry ready for burning in your wood stove this coming winter season.