With the weather being so wet and horrible lately it seems like a good time to talk about wood storage. Leaving wood in a higgledy-piggledy pile (while fun to say) is pretty wasteful and not very safe. Well stacked wood stays dry, making it burn more efficiently and release less carbon into the atmosphere. Here we are going to lay out the most straightforward ways to lay out your wood and explain the most important things you should consider when stacking your wood.
When stacking you need to consider the air flow around the wood, how well sheltered it is from rain and how stable the stack is. Air flow helps dry out the wood, keeping the rain out also keeps it dry, and a stack that’s stable will be safe for anyone around it.
Firstly, make sure you stack the wood on a platform, so the logs are off the ground. Keeping the wood off the ground keeps the wood clean and dry while allowing more air flow. Using a recycled pallet is a good option and some people use concrete blocks or bricks with some timber planks laid across or just two long, straight uncut logs side by side.
Lay out the wood in a neat, straight row on your platform side by side, with the ends of the logs are facing out. As you build your stack up fit together the wood as neatly as possible. The more neatly the pieces fit together the more stable the stack will be. If you are stacking them up against a wall, you should leave a few inches or several centimetres between the wall and the stack to let air flow between them. To make sure your stack is stable the ends need to be sturdy. If you have a wood shed or another storage structure, this will keep the wood contained safely. See our earlier blog about a store we made from recycled pallets.