Stacking Firewood

Drying your firewood before use is essential for energy efficiency.
If conditions are optimal for drying, plan on stacking for a minimum of two seasons. But if it's hard wood or wet conditions are present, plan on stacking your wood for four seasons minimum. Since you must look at the stack for that long, why not become artistic?


firewood art

A simple metal framework surrounded by logs of varying size at the Malvern Show, UK. blog.theenduringgardener.com



stacked firewood

Firewood fireplace. Stacking your wood in alternating directions allows for better circulation. Image by Jaedde & Sis: flickr.com



cordwood shed

Green Roof on a log walled woodshed by Wildwood Landscapes www.wildroof.co.uk



woodpile art

Woodpile Gate at Sakonnet Garden in Little Compton, Rhode Island.
Via: www.slowlovelife.com


woodpile art

Woodpile sculpture on Waiheke Island, New Zealand. angelahemming.com


woodpile art

Firewood wall. Design by the super talented: alexscottporterdesign.com


woodpile art

Cord wood spiral, Woodstock, Vermont by Ken Woodhead, 12 feet high at center. kenwoodart.com


woodpile art

Assorted wood. Image via: youhavebrokentheinternet.blogspot.com


woodpile art

Round woodstack, Erlen-Kugeln, 2007 by Urs P. Twellmann: twellmann.ch



woodpile art

A felled tree. By Alastair Heseltine, Vancouver, BC. alastairheseltine.com


woodpile art

Woodpile with leaf in New Zealand. Stack wood bark side up, bark keeps water out of both living trees and dead. Photo : Lyn/Neale, acta.org.nz


woodpile art

A woodpile that will be hard to utilize. gowood.blogspot.com



woodpile art

Cordwood wall by expert Olle Hagman of Sweden. www.kubbhus.se



woodpile art

Cordwood wall with flowers. Via: LaBioguia


woodpile wall

An addition to an ancient farmhouse utilizes a wood stack along the north wall. www.propellerz.at


woodpile wall

Cordwood wall on north side of house, south wall is completely glass. www.propellerz.at


cordwood construction
cordwood house
Stone Creek Camp, Flat Head Lake, Montana. Architect Anderrsson-Wise: www.anderssonwise.com



stacked firewood

Stone Creek Camp, Flat Head Lake, Montana. Architect Anderrsson-Wise: www.anderssonwise.com



cordwood building
cordwood house
Stone Creek Camp, Flat Head Lake, Montana. Seasoned firewood is dry and free of insects. Architects: www.anderssonwise.com



cordwood construction
cordwood house
Stone Creek Camp, Flat Head Lake, Montana. Stone wall on left, wood wall to right. www.stonecreekmontana.com Architects: www.anderssonwise.com



cordwood house

Cordwood Home of Armin Blasbichler. Cordwood and clocks are sandwiched between glass. www.arminblasbichler.com



stacked firewood

Crates and logs. After wood has seasoned outside for a year, the wildlife has moved out and the dampness is gone. Swedish designers, Studio St Paul. gowood.blogspot.com



firewood wall

Firewood wall at Parliament Design Offices. weareparliament.com



woodpile

Firewood alcove. Via: BobVila.com


stacked firewood

Firewood holder by Olle Lundberg, California. www.lundbergdesign.com



woodpile art

Perfectly stacked firewood. lesliefineinteriors.com


firewood wall

The Cambrian Hotel by Peter Silling & Associates, Switerland. hotelinteriordesign.de



firewood art

Firewood faced fireplace. www.villamiodula.pl


cordwood wall

Cordwood in the bathroom. Must be stacked in clear resin.
blueforest.com



woodpile art

Birch wood panelled wall. How-to: marthastewart.com
Another similar wall here: marieclaireidees.com



firewood art

Cordwood in an insect hotel. studiourbanarea.blogspot.com. Lots more Insect Hotels here: inspirationgreen.com/insect-habitats



stacked firewood

Lean-to covered woodpile in Poland. www.kochamwies.pl


firewood art

Create woodpile homes. Bark side up for roof shingles to deter rain. Don't forget to build houses for the occupant's pets as well! gowood.blogspot.com



firewood art

Adding flowers to your woodpile is a nice touch. gowood.blogspot.com


woodpile art

Woodpile in Italy. The metal roof is a good idea. Lots more photos: www.casaetrend.it



cordwood wall

Cordwood wall by cordwood expert Olle Hagman of Sweden. www.kubbhus.se
For more cordwood inspiration: inspirationgreen.com/cordwood-homes


Wood heats twice” as you work up a sweat choping, spliting and stacking, and again when you burn it. Actually your wood will dry fastest exposed to direct sunlight, but in wet environments it is best to cover it.


The efficiency losses from burning wet wood (30-50% moisure content) vs dry wood (15-20%) is about 30%.

• Dry wood is lighter in weight.
• Dry wood has cracks in its end grain.
• If you bang two pieces of dry wood together, the sound is hollow, whereas wet wood makes a dull thud.
• Firewood darkens with age, from white or cream to gray or yellow.
• The exposed face of a freshly split piece of seasoned wood feels warm and dry, but green wood feels cool and damp.
• Wet wood hisses and sizzles when burned and dry wood doesn’t.
Or buy a wood moisture meter ($25.) to test your wood.


Resources:

The Science of Stacking Firewood: motherearthnews.com
The Best Firewood: motherearthnews.com
BTUs per wood species: woodheat.org/firewood.html
How to build a Holz Hausen. The Holz Hausen is a round wood pile used to store a lot of firewood in a compact space. It is also called a Beehive Wood Pile: youtube.com
Interesting Design - Large Metal Firewood Stacker: leenders.nl


More Ideas here: inspirationgreen.com/firewood-as-art


 

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Luciana
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Re: Stacking Firewood
Reply #4 on : Tue March 25, 2014, 13:50:42
Hello!
interested me much information that went up.
I could send everything related to natural building, ecology, whatever is useful for sustainable living ..
Regards, Luciana
Ah ... I trducido the Spanish -. Thanks!
Walter Jeffries
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Lovely!
Reply #3 on : Sun December 08, 2013, 17:21:32
Lovely art in utility. My piles are much more utilitarian.

A trick is to harvest just dead trees, to leave trees standing and to cut trees and then live full log piles for a few years if you don't have time to cut it all. We burn cull wood from our forest and tend to collect it in spurts every few years, leaving the logs to dry. They would dry faster cut and split but we don't always have the time to do that during the warm seasons. If we have gathered logs when we can then we block and split as time allows at random times in the year, often during the winter. Frozen wood splits nicely. Wackity-wack.

Fortunately we only burn three quarters cord of wood a year to heat our tiny cottage so it's easy to put up several years quickly just from dead wood.
David_S
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Insects?
Reply #2 on : Sun November 24, 2013, 14:24:18
Inspiring creativity - both beauty and utility. But some wood boring pests are hard to detect, any easy and safe means to prevent (or remove) them from making home inside (or outside)?
Duke Dewey
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emmm
Reply #1 on : Mon November 04, 2013, 20:54:53
I like,
I love
this wall of woodenness
beauty and warmth,
very very nice.
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