13 tips to getting good firewood
Gathering firewood is one of those jobs that is best done yearround so you always have a dry, well-seasoned supply.
Unless you are lucky enough to have a dry shed available where you can store firewood in a thrown stack – it can take up 25%+ more space than wood that is neatly stacked – there is an art and a science to stacking firewood so it won’t get in your way and will dry out to become good quality firewood.
cut and then split wood into the smallest possible size, so it fits easily into your firebox, and also so more surface area is exposed, allowing it to dry faster.
firewood needs sunlight; a shaded, wet corner is not going to create dry wood.
face cut ends into the prevailing wind so there is always air flow down the length of the wood; if you live in a valley, ideally you want your wood stack up off the valley floor so it can take advantage of natural air flows.
build a stack on a base rather than directly on the ground; lengths of old corrugated iron or wooden pallets work well.
a post or a tree makes a great support at each end of a stack, and gives you something to tie a cover to.
as you stack, it’s best to keep the wood as level as possible, with a random mix of different-sized pieces so you create natural passages for air to move through.
place wood bark side up so if any rain gets through an overhead cover, it will provide protection.
round wood needs to be staggered, the row above sitting in the gap of the row below for stability.
create a roof with a tarpaulin or sheet of plastic; black plastic helps moisture to evaporate out of wood.
dry wood will mean less bugs, but it can attract wood-eating wasps so be careful when moving around or taking wood from a stack in autumn when they may still be nesting.