Properly stacking firewood is one of the most critical steps to continue the drying/seasoning process. All wood, even dried hardwood, is like a sponge. It will absorb rain/snow water and moisture from the air or directly from the ground. Below are a few tips, to ensure that the wood will be ready for the burning season.
- Stack the wood promptly after delivery. Leaving it in a pile will not provide adequate sunlight or airflow to the pieces in the middle of the pile.
- Firewood should not be stacked directly on the ground. It can be stored on pallets, less desirable pieces of firewood, lengthy pieces of lumber (sleepers) or preassembled racks.
- Avoid stacking wood near structures (walls & buildings) that will impact airflow and sunlight penetration. If structures can not be avoided, the wood should be stacked at least 6”to 12” away from that structure. The same applies to additional rows. Each row should be at least 6” to 12” apart from each other.
- The wood should be covered once it is stacked. However, you do not want to impact airflow, so only the top portion should be covered.