Stacking Wood


Jim BakerAs a young man, back in the days of dinosaurs and stone tablets (according to the teens who know me today), I stacked far more wood than I care to recall. And stacked it all by hand. The old, two-this-way and two-that-way was, my grandfather insisted, the only way to properly dry wood for burning. And, yes, I stack now, somewhat. I have two circular stacks such as those I read about in one of the magazines put out by Ogden Publications. I am also row stacking a little in the way of everyone else around where I live. Yet I am now just pyramid stacking (cone stacking, whatever you choose to call it) simply because for me, it is the easiest. My future stacks will be tossed on pallets, as I mentioned in my first post, to keep the wood off the ground.

Jim's woodpile. 

My pieces are split and just tossed. Eventually the geometry does seem to work itself out. I stack this way for a simple reason. I am a little lazy when it comes to doing twice the work for half the result. Neatly stacking wood, when working alone, means each piece may be handled two or even three times depending on the circumstance. That means, if my math works like I think it does, splitting and tossing is two to three times faster than splitting and stacking when working alone, which I am doing.

It also works in space savings. My platform of four pallets is roughly 55 to 65 square feet of ground space. My tossing means I can get those piles upwards of 10 to 12 feet high. Neatly stacking means I can't get that high without getting on a ladder, and doing that with one person is a real up and down walk! And once piled to my satisfaction, I do not cover the whole stack, just the very peak and then down a couple of feet.

Jim and the woodpile. 

In the summer here, when temperatures here are well into the 90s or more, even when rain wet, that pile will remain more than reasonable dry. I do want the air to get through the pile, and, yes, I will have some wet wood if I am hit with several days of rain. Yet having a useable stack next to the back door in a dry area ensures I have a couple of days of perfectly dry wood available all the time.

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