Here's my situation (background info): I have a smallish property that is pretty hilly on most of it and pond/garden/landscaping taking up most of the level areas. I could put my stacks downhill from my house, but they would be in the front yard and I'd have to slog up hill all winter. Fortunately I have a small side yard on the side of the house (which happens to be the North side) that is level and unsuitable for growing because it's so shady. It's also convenient to the door I haul the wood in to get to the stove! So instead of pathetic looking grass/weeds I promptly spread wood chips/ mulch and located my small flock of chickens there along with my stacks: As you can see, to better use my small space I'm stacking the cords 2 high (on top of wood pallets). I really like going 8 ft high since it permits me to get enough wood stacked up in that side yard to always have almost 2 seasons in reserve (rotating which side I burn every year, and then top off to let new wood season). Now to do so I tried cross stacking the ends - but I've learned that as the wood seasons and warps, shrinks, bends it settles so much that the stacks become unstable. The top half of some of my pile fell down this past season (the hurricane didn't help). It was no biggie, but it made a mess and last thing I want is for a kid to get buried in wood some day... A possible solution: support structure! Does this look like a good idea? This is a first draft I made up on sketchup (awesome free program). I am hoping I might be able to find some of the pipe at a junk yard if I call around enough. I'm flexible with what I use, but in my diagram I designed it for 1" black pipe. If I have to pay full retail for the materials I think it'll end up costing ~$400 but I have some contacts that might be able to hook me up with better prices. In the future it would be easy to add some roofing along the top to keep it drier - currently I tarp the top of the stacks in October. Depending on input I get from individuals I might be able to substitute some cheaper materials (like use smaller diameter pipe or maybe less concrete? I don't know...) But this is my start. Feedback? Questions? Suggestions? Am I just a loon?