If you’re new to the world of wood heat, you may not yet be familiar with how to stack firewood most efficiently. Even if you do know how to stack firewood, maybe you’d like to learn how to make those stacks look aesthetically pleasing.
In this article, we’ll discuss how to stack firewood most efficiently while still looking great, keeping your wood dry, and making the most of your storage space.
To many, stacking firewood is an art form. To others, it is merely a necessity. At any rate, stacking firewood in the most efficient ways matters. With a bit of forethought, stacking firewood in ways that genuinely look neat and appealing is simple. All you need to do is explore the various methods of stacking firewood.
Amish or Shaker Method for Building a Round Firewood Stack
The Amish method is a popular way to stack wood for many reasons. This method based on old-school Amish technique holds more firewood than modern stacking methods, offers superior stability, and helps to repel water and dry out wood faster.
Here are the steps to stacking firewood with the Amish method:
Begin with a center pole, log, or large branch that measures approximately 8in in width and 16in in length.
Lay split firewood and logs in a circular fashion against the center pole. Make sure you lay at least two rows deep during this step.
Next, fix two split pieces of wood or logs atop of the center pole and continue leaning additional firewood against these newly added pieces of wood.
Repeat the process until you can no longer reach the top of the pile to safely add more wood.
German Method of Firewood Stacking
The German method is another excellent method for stacking firewood easily and efficiently. In Germany, this method is called the Holzhaufen or Holz hausen, meaning woodpile or wooden house.
Once you get a look at the thing, you’ll understand why it’s known as a wooden house (it looks like something that one of the three little piggies would build and live in).
Appearances aside, this method is designed to keep outside air flow entering into the center of the pile to keep the wood protected from the elements and help dry it out. Typically the firewood piles stacking with the German method measure around 6ft in width and 7ft in height.
Here are a few easy instructions explaining the steps of the German method for stacking firewood:
Begin by cutting your wood (or ordering it) 1ft to 2ft in length and a somewhat uniform width.
Install a stake or pole into the ground where you plan to stack the pile of firewood. Make sure that 7ft of the pole is visible above ground. This is how you will ensure that your pile is 7ft high.
Create your woodpile’s circumference by laying down pieces of firewood with one end facing the center pole and one end facing outwards/away from the pole.
Continue this method of laying wood around the pole until you’ve reached a height of 7ft.
Lastly, to finish up the German “wooden house” you need a roof. Stack pieces of wood with bark on them on the top of the pile, in the same manner, you created the majority of the pile.
The Best Way to Stack Firewood
The Amish and German methods for stacking firewood are a couple of our favorites. But, there are countless ways to stack firewood in a safe and neat-looking manner. A log splitter goes a long way in helping prep for easier stacking.
For most, stacking firewood in a single row with enough space for air-flow in between each piece of wood is more than good enough. On both ends of this simple single stack, make sure to pile the wood in a criss-cross pattern to add structural strength to the entire row.
If possible, arrange the stack in the least shady spot in your yard. The more wind and sunlight that your wood receives, the more it will dry, and the better it will heat your house. Additionally, stacking wood on pallets helps tremendously. Using pallets for your firewood stack allows more air to pass under and through the woodpile.
Hopefully, after reviewing the info laid out in our article, learning how to stack firewood most efficiently while still looking great isn’t as hard as you may have initially thought it’d be.
Whatever way you decide to try stacking your firewood this season, just remember to keep it elevated, uniformly spaced evenly as possible (with room for airflow), and most of all, well stabilized.
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