1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)
    Caluwe - Passion for Fire and Water ( Pellet and Wood Hydronic and Space Heating)

Bee Hive Stacking ?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Cutterman, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. Cutterman

    Cutterman New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2012
    Messages:
    25
    Loc:
    Catskill / Hudson Valley Region, NY
    Sorry for all these questions in one day, I'm a new wood stove owner. Trying to get ahead of he drying curve for the next few years...

    Question: Is there any merit to the German bee hive stacking method ? I see some on youtube that claim it dries the wood faster than the traditional cross stacking method.

    Thanks,

    Joe

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    Do a search on Holz Hausen here on Hearth.com. There are lots of guys who build them. Not sure on the facts if it dries faster than a normal stack or not, but they sure look neat sittin in the yard!
  3. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2006
    Messages:
    14,893
    Loc:
    Northern IL
    No merit to it. Single row stacks subjected to sun and wind is your best bet.
    Backwoods Savage and pen like this.
  4. My Oslo heats my home

    My Oslo heats my home Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2010
    Messages:
    1,584
    Loc:
    South Shore, MA
    If the effort of stacking german style works for you by all means create...as for me the stacks work just fine and look kinda pretty when finished too.
  5. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Messages:
    15,072
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    +1 to what Jags said . . . but building a holz miete is kind of fun and a rite of passage here at hearth.com. I've built several over the years, but I find that they do not speed up the drying process . . . if anything the wood on the inside dries a bit slower.
  6. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2007
    Messages:
    27,816
    Loc:
    Michigan
    Build them if you want for looks but that would be the only reason. The claim for faster drying has been proved wrong many times. There are still some who claim to be able to stack more wood in less space but I can see no reason for that. One can stack just as much wood or more staking in a straight line. In addition, it will take twice as long to stack in a circle as staking in a straight line. So if you don't mind the extra work and have the time, do it if you want. Won't harm a thing....but won't help anything either.
  7. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2009
    Messages:
    4,050
    Loc:
    Central PA
    i stack all my firewood in round 'holz hausen' stacks and plan to keep doing it because I like the way it looks, and because I now have 7 8 ft diameter piles of stone to stack on, which wouldn't allow me to make straight stacks on stone. Round stacks do not dry faster than single rows would dry - in fact the wood in the center dries a little slower. If you are trying to get ahead stack in sunny, windy places in single rows kept well off the ground. After you get ahead, stack in holz hausen to show you have style.
  8. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2007
    Messages:
    27,816
    Loc:
    Michigan
    Or just stack neat to show your style and save a lot of work. ;)
  9. dorkweed

    dorkweed Guest

    I've seen pix of these in the "round", but I've never come across "tips or pointers" on how to construct them. Anyone???!!!!
  10. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Messages:
    15,072
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    Dorkweed . . . contrary to what some folks believe . . . once you build a couple you'll find that they're really not that much harder to build or stack . . . as long as you follow some basic rules of continuing to have the wood tip in slightly to the center.

    If you do a google search on holz hausen or holz miete I think you'll find several suggestions on how to build them, but here goes . . .

    I build mine on four pallets pushed together. I start the base by going around in a circle with the splits . . . just keep stacking up until you get maybe two feet up or so and then you may want to put in a layer of thin splits stacked perpendicular to the rest of the wood and on top of this start your next row -- this will have the effect of tipping in the wood slightly. Truth be told I often put in the thin splits whenever and wherever I think the wood should start tipping in to the center. For me, at about 4 feet high or so I start to put in more of those thin splits more often so the top starts to tip in more dramatically. Perpendicular split, a couple rows maybe of wood . . . another perpendicular split.

    A few other rules or considerations . . . chunks and uglies work well with holz mietes. I fill up the center of the HM with my chunks and uglies as this is a great place to hide this unsightly but perfectly good wood.
  11. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Messages:
    15,072
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    Here you go . . . :) ;)

    http://www.holzmiete.de/anleitung.php

    Being German though they're a little more detailed oriented than my own stacks . . . I mean talk about meticulous and exacting. I don't bother with the rulers, but then again my stacks don't look quite as nice.
  12. dorkweed

    dorkweed Guest





    I still wonder what the guys, that post the perfect straight wood stacks pictures, do with the chunks, uglies and cookies????? Some of those pix looks like the slide-rule, plumb-bob, level, and measuring stick were put into "overuse"!!!!! Must be nice to have nice straight wood with no knots etc.

    Heck, even my straight wood is crooked!!! Scroungers paradox I suppose. I'm just thankful to be finding free wood!!!
  13. adrpga498

    adrpga498 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2005
    Messages:
    853
    Loc:
    New Jersey
    Just finished another HH. 4 pallet base, 7' tall all locust. Sure hope the neighbors don't talk too weird about me. Oh well.
  14. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2007
    Messages:
    27,816
    Loc:
    Michigan

    Well, my stacks are not perfect by any means and are not as pretty as some but we do get uglies. Here is a picture showing what we do with the junk wood. Throw it on top to hold down the covering. You will also notice the poles. Those are what we use under the wood stacks. I've since moved those to where we will be stacking this year's wood. Some of the smaller poles are just thrown on top too to hold the roofing down.

    Ends-1.JPG
  15. kbrown

    kbrown Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2008
    Messages:
    295
    Loc:
    SE, Michigan
    Kinda late to the party here, but I finished my first one today. Still don't quite get the art of leaning the splits in and then finishing off the roof. But lots of wood to go to practice with[​IMG]!
    milleo likes this.

Share This Page