Guide to Stacking Firewood
With fire pit season approaching, nights around the pit will start to become more common. As you spend more time around the fire pit, making sure you have an adequate supply of firewood is essential to enjoying your time to the fullest. If you have a large quantity of firewood at your disposal, storing it efficiently is key to getting longevity out of it, as well as providing yourself with as much space as you can get. For firewood stacking essentials, check out some of these helpful tips and tricks.
When you are stacking firewood, there are a few different methods and strategies you can use, all are intended to properly dry and season the wood so it can be in ideal condition when you are eventually burning it. Spacing in the wood pile is a very important factor to take into account as you should never stack it too tightly. A stack that is too tight will not allow for the proper amount of air to flow through the stack, therefore, the wood will not burn as well later on. Stacking the wood properly will also prevent any moisture from accumulating in between the logs that can happen from snow or rainfall outside if you do not have the wood covered up.
With many important reasons for you to stack firewood correctly, the actual process technique is the most crucial element as you will be very disappointed in the long run if it is not done the right way. There are many ways you can store and stack your firewood, one of these ways is to invest in a pre-built firewood stack. This structure will adequately keep your firewood up off the ground on its platform, while providing you a frame to stack your wood in. The biggest downside to this is it can be very easy to stack it too tightly if you find yourself running out of space.
If you are stacking freely from the ground, there are different patterns you can follow that can ensure quality drying and seasoning of the wood in the long run. The simple stack is the method you will see more often than not, as this consists of rows lining up with each other to form a straight line across the top. You will have to keep an eye on this stack however, as the shrinking wood over time can easily shift things around.
If you are looking for something a little more intricate, the round stack is another popular alternative. This stack consists of vertical rows meeting in the middle in a circular fashion, with a roof-type stacking topping it off at an angle on top. Unfortunately, this way can be counterproductive for proper airflow.
Follow some of these simple tips and tricks and you will have a properly stacked and dried pile of firewood to last you the entire season.