There is an art and a science to stacking firewood in a woodpile. Some say there’s a spiritual side to it as well, but I can’t help you much with that. Firewood just dumped in a heap won’t dry and it won’t burn well. Rain will run down and soak into cut ends while ground moisture will migrate up and soak into spongy inner bark. DEAR KELLY: I see unprotected firewood piles all the time where I live here in New Hampshire. In fact, I see lots of neatly stacked firewood that has no top cover. A: I see unprotected firewood piles all the time where I live in New Hampshire, including neatly stacked firewood that has no cover. I’ve always wondered how well that wood burns.
Using a firewood cover will keep your stack of firewood dry and ready for use. Firewood that has been stacked and left exposed to the weather is prone to becoming damp and difficult to light. In all but dry climes, covering stacked wood is wise. Position a tarp or plastic sheeting so it blankets the top of the stack and extends a few inches down the sides. On split wood, stack the wood with the bark on the bottom to allow the wood to dry faster. If you are storing the wood without cover, stacking with the bark on top will prevent some of the rain from soaking into the wood.
The hard part is over, but one crucial task remains: turning your messy pile of lumber into an orderly, attractive stack of wood that will keep your fireplace burning all through fall and winter. What is there to know about stacking wood? You crisscross some sticks on the ends, pile up the middle, cover it, and, voila, your wood is ready for winter. I’m kinda new at the whole firewood and wood stove thing. I cut and split about 6 cord of oak this past spring, and have it on racks that I made from. I wouldn’t recommend covering the stack entirely. Like its been said, the wood won’t breathe.
Stack firewood so that it is exposed to sun and wind for drying. Leave wood stacks for at least 6 months while the wood cures. Cover the wood stacks with a tarp or shelter to prevent rain from soiling wood. I’ve got about 3.5 cords of wood stacked with two regular blue tarps covering the top with maybe a foot or two of overhang on the sides that I flip up. Cover your firewood with a tarp, leaving the sides exposed. A tarp situated over the top of the firewood stack can protect the wood. Increase air ventilation to the entire stack and row of wood by leaving the sides uncovered and exposed. Firewood drying in stacks spaced apart to allow air to circulate between them. Not only do they cover it, they cover the whole pile with a tarp all the way to the ground. If you store wet wood in a tight shed or cover it with a tarp you will only seal the moisture in which may cause it to mold or decay instead of dry. If you stack your firewood in rows keep the stacks spaced a few inches apart to allow air to circulate. It is currently stacked against my fence and not covered. Should I cover this wood with a tarp on the top and leave the one side not against the fence exposed.
The Right Way To Stack Firewood
Alternately, you can use plastic or a tarpaulin to cover the top of the woodpile. Remember that you can’t cover it entirely if you do mould and fungus will grow on the wood. It’s all about stacking your wood so it’ll dry the quickest. This is necessary to avoid fungus. Meteorologist handed cardigan on air to cover ‘revealing’. Wood is an excellent choice for keeping your home warm during the winter months and for cutting your heating costs. If you cover your wood stack, be sure to allow proper aeration by leaving the sides uncovered. One of the most common ways to stack firewood is in a traditional tower arrangement two towers of perpendicularly-placed logs with randomly-placed logs stacked in between. Some people never cover their wood piles, while others wouldn’t dare leave it uncovered.