It’s said that wood keeps you warm three times – chopping it, stacking it and burning it. Whilst Certainly Wood takes care of the first two on the list, how and where you stack your wood is down to you. Some people have turned it into an art form, but for those of us without time on our hands to create a woodpile masterpiece, here are some basic tips.
Whilst a densely-packed woodpile might be a thing of beauty, with some people taking great pride in fitting each piece together like a giant jigsaw, this isn’t ideal for your logs. They need to be able to breathe to remain dry and to continue the drying process.
Also make sure it’s built somewhere with good drainage so your logs aren’t going to suck up water like a stack of drinking straws. Make sure they’re not going to get dripped on either by an overhanging tree or the like. Stacking on pallets is perfect as it ensures the logs are off the ground and it allows air to flow beneath it.
A log pile provides the perfect, ready-made tower block for all sorts of creatures, most of whom you don’t want migrating into your home. Make sure it’s close enough to be convenient when it comes to fetching your logs, but not so near the local wildlife decide to move in with you. Also bear in mind where your log pile will be in relation to your delivery.
Most people don’t see a log pile as the focal point to their garden. However, don’t make the mistake of hiding it away in some dark, dank corner. The more sun your log pile gets, the drier your logs will remain and so burn better. We don’t recommend covering with a tarpaulin as this can restrict airflow, so a corrugated metal sheet or similar would work well.
Two Towers Log Pile
If you remember the game Jenga, this is pretty much how the Two Towers approach works. By building towers of perpendicularly stacked logs to act as bookends, you can then stack the rest of your logs in between them. Where possible, ensure a good flow of air by using something as a base – a pallet or one of our log stores, for example.
You can create row upon row of logs using this method – the key is to make sure the supporting towers are strong enough to get through the blusteriest of winter months.
Scandinavians, and The Shakers in the US, have favoured the round approach to creating a woodpile for centuries and, if you can get it right, it is certainly a thing of beauty. It’s also very practical as water runs off more easily, it’s stable and offers a great way to store those odds and ends of wood that just mess with your log pile.
You need to drive a stake into the centre of area where you want to build your woodpile. Then, attach a rope to it and, using it like a vast compass, draw a circle of about four foot in diameter. Begin stacking your logs at the outer edge of the circle, making sure you leave a ‘hole’ in the middle of your circle. This is where those funny-shaped logs go, helping to add to the stability of the pile.
If you do fancy creating a wood pile with a difference, we’d love to hear from you. As well as featuring a picture of your creation across our social media, we’ll provide a starter kit for the one we deem to be the most impressive.