Stacking might be the most enjoyable aspect of the task when it comes to firewood preparation.
The complicated and often dangerous task is done by dismantling a tree using a chainsaw. Now it’s time to change a loose, untidy wood pile into an organized pile.
If you want to learn more about valuable tips on how to stack firewood for seasoning, don’t miss out until the end of this article.
How Long Is The Firewood Season?
The firewood season may run from 3-12 months or longer. On average, drying the firewood you have purchased from a store or supplier normally takes around 6 months. However, it may take more or less time to season, depending on the moisture level of the original timber.
The last phase in this process is whether your wood is split and stacked properly, and you have full choice over how you do it!
Let’s get some logs stacked!
How To Stack Firewood For Seasoning
For stacking firewood, you should keep in mind the following notes:
- The firewood should be kept away from damp rain.
- Moisture can exit the stack.
- Open to the air to keep the wood dry and keep the sun and breeze.
Hence it is necessary to stack up firewood:
- On a dry platform or any soggy ground lifted.
- Protected by a lean-to/overhang or shape or woodshed roof and not covered directly by sheets like planes (if subjected to the rain or snow over the seasoning process).
- At least one side of the atmosphere opens with the cuts in the wood.
- Not too densely packed in a single row.
Maintaining Firewood Off The Floor
The problem with keeping wood on the soil is that the bottom layers of wood can soak rainwater into the soil and be regularly moisturized, resulting in these pieces of wood becoming poor and rotten over time.
Due to continual moisture contact, wood pieces can become worthless as firewood as they are not able to dry correctly. Wood stacked in the soil can also become an insect house, and any plant around it can prevent the wind from drying the wood.
Cover The Stack Of Firewood
It must remain dry during the process for firewood to be promptly and efficiently. Wood that is consistently moist without drying might begin to go rotten rather than dry.
It is useful to preserve the wood from rain or snow if you live in a region where it regularly rains throughout the year.
It is essential to protect your firewood stack from above, that the protection form doesn’t cover the wood directly – for example, by putting a plate of tarpaulin over the whole stack.
Fully cover a firewood pile can:
- Cause moisture behind the cover, and there is nothing to escape, which leads to rotten wood instead of desiccating.
- Wind and sun cannot dry the wood adequately.
Therefore, either the roof of a burning rack/shed or the slant/overhang of the next structure is the ideal type of protection for your firewood stack.
Select The Best Place
You should choose a spot with great sunlight to store your wood. During the summer, you want your firewood to dry, so it burns effectively in the winter. Piling your firewood to full sun exposure helps to advance this process faster.
You want to arrange your wood stack such that it blows through the prevailing wind. The extensive air circulation around the wood also allows it to dry faster.
2 Styles Of Stacking Firewood
- Lay two by fours pressurized as a basis so that the soil moisture is not absorbed into the wood.
- Construct a tower on one end of the pile with 2 to 4 parallel pieces of split wood down. Put 2 to 4 more pieces on top of the ones below perpendicularly. Continue to stack the wood like this until it reaches roughly six levels.
- Construct another tower on the other end of your base in the same way. These towers are the support for the stacking of firewood.
- Place the wood between towers to increase airflow, thus allowing the wood to dry more quickly.
- Keep on piling your end towers up to the height.
- You can add to the end towers and make your stack larger if the wood appears sturdy. Some people want to stack their wood up to 6 feet, but pick a height with which you are comfortable.
The German Method
The German firewood technique is intended to let air move from outside the pile to the center.
- The place where you are going to stack your wood has to be level and 6 feet long.
- Mark the middle of the cleared space with a metal or wooden stake.
- Measure 3 feet off the stake and mark the ground with a circle.
- Lay some wood along the circular line around the stake you marked. This wood should contact the end and make a circle. That’s your wood stack’s edge.
- Put wood on the edge of a wood around the circle and one endpoint at stake. The initial outer layer of logs should now be there, and the logs should be in a corner to the center.
- In the center, the stack logs upright. Keep stacking the forest until the desired height is reached.
Watch this video for an illustration of this method:
Thanks so much for reading! We hope you have the answers to your queries about your firewood project backyard!
If you didn’t learn about seasoning, piling, and covering wood, we didn’t have much more stuff to worry about. Happy burning!