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Chilterns
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Post Firewood Drying Stack
on: September 16, 2012, 20:07
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At the OWG 2012 AGM at Wytham Woods we saw this rather unusual pile of firewood laid out like an old fashioned hayrick to dry. The firewood is the outside of sweet chestnut logs that have been cleaved to form shingles, kindling and shavings.

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Has anyone else seen alternative ways to stack and dry firewood ?

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on: September 30, 2012, 20:04
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I saw these firewood stacks in the Eastern part of Germany some years ago. Their climate is much colder, but also drier than ours, and firewood will season without a rain-cover.
The wood was all scots pine.

I am in Wales, where covering from the rain is essential to keep the firewood dry and in a fit state for burning - although, I think it can initially be seasoned for say a year outdoors. But it must be undercover for the year you want to burn it.

This is my solution. It is in the garden,made with rustic timber and has a green roof. It had to be a feature as well as functional.
(excuse the mess in the third bay! - the photo was during construction - it is now filled with firewood)
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Post Re: Firewood Drying Stack
on: October 1, 2012, 08:17
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Hi Emyr,

That's cool - very eco friendly.

Are you using the break to split firewood prior to cutting to length or do you make other wood products ?

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Post Re: Firewood Drying Stack
on: October 15, 2012, 21:27
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Thanks - we also like the firewood store!
I built it in spring of 2011 and we like looking at the stack so much that we are hoping to get throught his winter without going into it!

But the firewood stores that you see in the Alps take some beating.
Here is one outside a mountain restaurant - chalet style, complete with window and restaurant menu!
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And another - forming the boundary between a garden and adjoining footpath
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As for the use of the brake - I used that to cleave and shave the boards for the two gable ends of the shed.
I managed to get some sweet chesnut, which can be seen in the middle bay of the shed - but nothing like the quality that you have in SE England,
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IMG_5193 by ep_1956, on Flickr

Here is the completed (very rustic!) gable - and a glimpse of the brake which I made from the same sweet chesnut as I used to make the end boards. After I finished, I cut the brake into firewood!
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IMG_5194 by ep_1956, on Flickr

I do make some other products, mainly chairs and stools - very much as a hobby, and I found this site through the bodgers forum
http://www.bodgers.org.uk/bb/phpBB2/
Lots of stuff there that any readers here might be interested in.
Emyr

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Post Re: Firewood Drying Stack
on: October 18, 2012, 18:53
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I was building ricks out of old pallets, and I will try and post a photo.

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Post Re: Firewood Drying Stack
on: November 1, 2012, 07:46
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Congratulatons ep_1956,

You have won the book prize awarded for the best post of the month during October 2012.

Please PM me with your mailing address so that we can send you a copy of "Meetings with Remarkable Trees" by Thomas Pakenham.

Keep Posting !

Ken Hume - Trustee - Oxfordshire Woodland Group

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Post Re: Firewood Drying Stack
on: November 18, 2012, 18:00
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Thank you very much for the prize. I will know that I will really enjoy browsing through the book. I have seen a few of the trees mentioned in the book - and the book will be an inspiration to visit some of the others, and also to other remarkable trees!.

Some years ago, I visited Yorkshire Sculpture Park to see work by Andy Goldsworthy.
Amongst the work was this giant egg made of the limbs of an oak tree - which surely under any other circumstances would have been consigned to the firewood pile.

I realised that at least part of my attraction to firewood is the sculptural qualities of the firewood stacks, and Goldsworthy helped me to realise this.

Of course the other benefits of warming the house in a sustainable way, the enjoyment and satisfaction of cutting and splitting your own firewood and the physical exercise are also not to be sneezed at!

Sadly my photo of Goldsworthy's egg is not the best - but you get the idea.

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Thanks once again, and I hope this will encourage interesting posts by others.

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Post Re: Firewood Drying Stack
on: March 26, 2013, 20:07
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Hi,

I was splitting freshly felled ash today and stacked the chordwood as per the photo :-

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I wonder if this pile needs to be covered or whether the open aspect of the stack will naturally provide sufficient ventilation to allow the wood to dry out after rain and also to loose bound up water ?

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Post Re: Firewood Drying Stack
on: May 9, 2013, 06:54
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Hi,

This interesting photograph of a bottle shaped firewood stack was taken in Denmark by Chrisbee whilst out on one of his regular adult tricycle rides.

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His blog http://pedal-trikes.blogspot.co.uk/ contains many excellent quality pics taken by him of trikes, woodland and especially thatched timber-framed buildings in Denmark

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Post Re: Firewood Drying Stack
on: June 17, 2013, 11:14
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Building a firewood drying and storage shelter need not be an expensive or time consuming process.

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The make up of this Oxfordshire Woodfuel Programme Firewood stack comprises nothing more than pallets, corrugated iron (or plastic) sheeting, planks and any old sheets material. To help reduce handling its best to sort firewood into the various types such as kindling, small wood and logs. It is also a good idea to rotate draw down from the various stacks to ensure that the oldest and hence driest firewood is used first giving the more recent and hence wetter firewood a chance to dry further before use.

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