Thread moved from the Hearth Room: Those wood piles in my photo (above) are about 300 feet from the house, and 400 feet from the end of the house where I actually bring the wood in thru the basement. I keep only 1 cord stacked on the patio outside the basement, which is covered by my porch. So, I have to move a cord up to the house five times per winter, which is only once per month in the shoulder seasons, but more like every second weekend in the cold part of Jan/Feb. I use a tractor with FEL and a utility trailer to move the wood, but am currently debating ways I can move an entire half-cord skid at a time, to limit travel across the often-soggy part of the lower yard. Criss-crossing your ends is a time-honored technique, used by many here. It works well, but requires some nice straight and uniform splits to make it come out nicely, and takes more time than just setting up some book ends and stacking like an idiot. If you want a privacy fence, I'd build a privacy fence, then stack on your side of it. It will keep the neighbors from complaining about the appearance of your stacks, and eliminate your problems with having to constant burn your fence and move your stacks. Pallets are around... but it can take a while to find some sources. I was in your boat a year ago.