If you use wood to heat your home then you will know that there is actually quite an art to doing it all successfully. Believe it or not, the way that you stack your firewood matters and this is what we’re looking at today.
Get it wrong and you could end up with all kinds of issues from the wood not burning properly to a mice infestation. Sure you can never guarantee that you won’t run into any issues but with a few simple tips, you can give your firewood the best chance of staying as clean and dry as possible.
For this article we are going to assume that you have already done the hard part. You’ve cut down and split the wood and now it’s time to stack it all up. This part is incredibly satisfying if I’m honest but very important too.
Done correctly, you can ensure that your firewood is dried properly for when you need it. Seasoned wood burns efficiently, doesn’t require constant attention to stay lit, and it creates less pollution in the form of smoke
From chopping to burning there is generally just the two steps; stacked and dried outside in the spring/summer and moved into a shed or covered in the fall to protect the wood against rain and snow.
Keeping the Firewood Protected
We briefly mentioned above about moving the firewood indoors during the fall but why is this? If we want to be able to burn our firewood then we must keep it sheltered from any moisture. It would be easy to assume that we are protecting against both the rain and the snow but we also need to protect from the moisture coming up from below too.
It isn’t difficult to make sure that the ground is clear before starting on your wood pile so just take a little extra time to clear away any grass, plants and weeds that can pass on moisture.
You can stack your wood on pallets to avoid any moisture from the ground. You can cover your wood pile with a tarpaulin or sheet metal to keep it protected from above. The latter can help you further as the sun will heat up the metal and drying the wood underneath. Remember that you can’t cover it entirely – if you do mould and fungus will grow on the wood.
Firewood Storage Area
The idea is to give our firewood the best chance of it drying in the quickest time possible which will help to avoid any fungus from appearing. When our wood dries it needs both the sun and the wind so this needs taking into consideration before we start stacking.
As you start stacking your firewood, you want to try and stack it in such a way that the biggest sides of the wood are exposed as much as possible. It is a good thing if the wind has access to the woodpile from every side.
If the wood is wet then it needs to be stacked as loosely as you can so that the wind is able to get amongst it all. You don’t want to choose an area inside the home to dry your wood as the moisture in the wood can lead to fungus and bad smells. The only time that the wood is safe to be moved indoors is once it has a moisture content below 18%.
How to Make a Round Woodpile
This pile is also known as the “beehive pile” and is the preferred choice among many people due to its advantages. The beehive pile looks good and doesn’t require covering from the top as any rain will just run along the outside of the pile instead of directly down into it. The biggest issue with this type of pile is that it isn’t the easiest of wood piles to make. If it starts collapsing then it’s all going to come tumbling down.
To start stacking your wood into a round wood pile just do the following:
- Lay a circular base
- Build up into a cylinder
- Continuously fill up the middle space with (the gnarled) logs
- Once the pile reaches 1 metre tall, start putting the logs closer to the middle for each layer
- Finish off the top with a layer of logs with the bark facing upwards
If you would prefer to check this out in video format, check out the video below by Bailey Line Road on YouTube.