Chop, Stack, Burn - Design Bureau

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Traditional Towers
This style is made of rows of piled firewood with two towers of stacked wood at each end for support. See variations of these traditional towers below.

Support-Post Method
This method is also made of stacked rows of logs. However, instead of support coming from woodpiles, the row is supported by two 2-by-4s at each end with rope threaded between them. The tension on the rope keeps the 2-by-4 pieces upright, pushing on the logs to keep them in place.

Holz Hausen 
German for “wood house,” this is a traditional European technique for stacking firewood, and is one of the most visually attractive options. The split firewood is stacked in a circle around a pole in the ground, reaching up to 10 feet high. Atop the Holz Hausen stack is a thatched roof made from bark. This method saves space and speeds up drying—so long as you have the patience to do it.

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Chop, Stack, Burn

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

by Alyssa Meza
photo by Zack Burris 

Chopping and stacking wood is a lost art. Follow these simple steps to unleash your inner lumberjack.

Step One: Chop It!

Grab an axe and get to swinging. If you don’t know how, ask your dad. Of course, Best Made's painted handle and leather sheath are unnecessary, but nice design is always a good motivator. 

Step Two: Stack It!

So you’ve done the hard part, right? Wrong. If you don’t stack your wood properly, all that chopping will be for naught. There are a few different schools of thought when it comes to wood stacking. To the left, you’ll find three solid methods that will ensure your firewood dries thoroughly and burns longer. Now try to keep up as we explain how to attack your very own stack.

8 Steps to Stack Your Wood Holz Hausen-Style

What You’ll Need 

- Level ground
- An area with plenty of sunlight
- Split firewood
- A pallet to keep the wood off the ground
- A 7–10-foot pole

1.  Place a 7-foot-tall pole into the ground. Splash a bit of paint at the 5-foot 8-inch mark
2.  Arrange firewood in a 7-foot circle around the pole
3.  Place wood radiating outward like spokes, with ends resting on the base
4.  Place wood pieces as shims on the outside edges of the spokes, pushing the firewood toward the center until it is 5 feet.
5.  Fill the interior with firewood standing vertically to accelerate the drying process 
6.  Do not use any shims for the last two feet of the stack—this ensures the wood slopes inward
7.  Create the thatched roof by placing the firewood bark-side up across the opening of the stack
8.  Leave wood to dry until the stack has lost 20 percent of its height. When the patch of paint is visible at 80 percent of the pole’s height, the logs are ready for the fireplace.

Step Three: Light It!

Once the wood is good and dry, light it up (with a flint, for you adventurous types), and enjoy the fiery fruits of your labor. Again, if you don't know how, ask your Scout Leader. Or maybe rethink the whole manual labor thing and get a space heater.

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