When a good supply of firewood has been cut down, chopped up into easy cords, and hauled into your outdoor space, it’s time to neatly stack it away for winter, but stacking firewood is, for some, an art that results in better overall storage and usability. Some handy tips will help make sure the wood is in good shape when it eventually has to be used. Planning wood storage well will help you out quite a bit during the cold season when there may be snow on the ground, and getting dry wood is otherwise pretty difficult.
1. Cutting Wood to Lengths
Many of those who have dealt with cord firewood before will tell you that there’s a convenient size for wood pieces. Generally, using a standard of one foot to one and a half feet in length will help. It’s also a good idea to cut firewood into triangular pieces, because it often stacks better that way, eliminating the rolling that can happen with whole pieces.
2. Providing a Sturdy Woodpile Holder
Many times, the person who is storing firewood on their property will need some way to shore up the pile to prevent any possibility of the whole thing shifting and falling down during the storage period. Some people like to use natural installations, like trees or a stone wall, to shore up a wood pile, but another good way is to get a wood rack that sits above ground, or, alternately, steel stakes that you can drive into the ground to keep the bottom of the wood pile in place.
3. Storing Wood Off of the Ground
The popularity of steel wood racks shows how keeping wood above ground can prevent some unpleasant situations. For example, wood that is resting directly on the ground can invite mice, snakes or other wildlife to make homes there. It can also lead to fungal growth or even mold. Keeping firewood above the ground allows much more air to circulate, to dry wood and keep it clean.
4. Stacking Firewood in the Sun
There’s nothing wrong with allowing wood piles to catch the sun. This will aid in the drying process and often give you a better result when you heave the wood onto the fire.
5. Wood Pile Placement and Providing for Transport
When you’re stacking firewood, there is a prime safety consideration that prevents most people from stacking the wood directly next to houses or outbuildings. The risk of fire passing from the wood pile to the house is a serious one, and so it’s best to locate the wood pile at least a dozen yards from the house. What that means is that those who want to retrieve wood in winter weather conditions will have to make the trek through several yards of snow, slush or other obstacles. Plan for this eventuality with a wheelbarrow or other tools to make sure your job as fire-tender is less of a hassle when winter rolls around.
These common sense firewood stacking tips can help you have a neat and accessible supply of wood year-round for feeding a wood heated fire for your home or property.