How To Stack Wood

Once you are done the cutting and splitting the wood, it’s time for stacking it. The good news is that cutting and splitting is the harder part of the process, so getting to the final stage of stacking means you are almost done.

Plus, there will be less of a fuss involved as you will simply need to focus on piling up the wood properly instead of swinging, hitting, and bending to collect all of the pieces. But how to stack wood in the best possible way?

It’s crucial that you don’t underestimate the importance of stacking wood carefully. A neatly stacked woodpile will dry fully and correctly. And this will ensure a smooth, consistent, and ultimately wonderful burn during the cold winter days and nights.

I have experimented with different methods for stacking wood throughout the years. With this in mind, I believe what we all want to learn on this note is how to stack wood easy and fast without sacrificing the quality of the drying process.

That’s why we have compiled a comprehensive tutorial to help you out.

What You Will Need To Follow This Tutorial

  • Pressure-treated 2×4 boards (the number of the boards will depend on the quantity of the wood you are about to stack)
  • Tarp (optional)

Pro Tips

1 – Use long sticks to provide extra support for the woodpile

You can stabilize the wood pile by adding a few long sticks for extra support. The size of the sticks will depend on the size of the woodpile. Place the sticks against the woodpile and bury the ends of the sticks in the ground. The sticks will look as if leaning against the woodpile, making a cushion effect to prevent the pile from breaking apart.

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2 – Sun exposure is your major priority

Consistent access to sunlight, as well as proper air ventilation, are both extremely important for drying stacked wood in the best way. However, keep in mind that you need to prioritize sun exposure over air circulation. Thus, take the time to pick the place where you will stack the woodpile carefully.

Step by Step Instructions for Stacking Wood

Step 1 – Prepare the base of the woodpile and build 2 towers at each end

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First things first, place the 2×4 boards on the ground to create a solid, moisture-free foundation for the woodpile.

Next, start building a tower at the one end of the stack. That’s one of the easiest ways to stack a well-balanced pile. In the beginning, lay 2-4 pieces of wood, making sure to place these down parallel to each other.

Proceed with laying 2-4 pieces on top, placing these perpendicular. Keep stacking until your tower reaches about 6 levels in height.

Afterward, move on to the other end of the stack and build the second tower, repeating the steps you followed for building the first one.

If you are being consistent with using wood for fuel, then it’s a great idea to build a permanent woodshed instead of opting for 2×4 boards.

Step 2 – Stack the wood with a focus to providing proper air circulation

Once you have built the two towers at each end of the stack, it will be effortless to fill the stack with wood in between the towers. That’s because these towers will serve a fantastic job for providing sufficient support to hold the rest of the wood you are about to stack.

At this point of the stacking, pay attention to placing the wood neatly but not too tightly. If you try to make the wood fit too tightly, this will block the consistent air flow.

Finally, you can cover the stack with a tarp but mind that this is only recommended if you live in an area where moisture and rain are well above the average.

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Good job, buddies! Now, all that’s left to do is to wait for the wood to dry well and celebrate the cold winter months by enjoying the cozy warmth of the crackling fire. Ultimately, anyone can learn how to stack wood.

Our best advice is to keep experimenting with various methods because the area you live in also plays a crucial role in the process of drying wood.

But above all, follow the tips we listed above to minimize the contact between wood and the ground, provide access to sufficient sunlight, pile the wood with a mind to optimizing air circulation, and you will be one step closer to becoming a wood stack pro.

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  • January 5, 2019
  • DIY
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