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First crack at building a stack

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by FireBones, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. FireBones

    FireBones Member

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    Beauty day today..... ;) made the best of a couple hours and made my first official stack. I think I need some practice but I have a lot of that ahead of myself....critique away seasoned veterans haha

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  2. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    A thing of beauty ! :)

    Looks like you have a bit more that needs stacked.
    Hope you get some drier weather .
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  3. Reckless

    Reckless Feeling the Heat

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    Nice!! Like stated above alot of work to come!!
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  4. wingsfan

    wingsfan Feeling the Heat

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    You can't beat that, it's standing on its own. Now time to get the rest done.
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  5. FireBones

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    I'd wager a guess that I have about 10-15 more cords to stack up, I was surprised the stacking goes pretty quick and was an enjoyable challenge. Gimme Ohh 10 days and it'll be all licked up :)
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  6. FireBones

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    Hopefully it remains standing!! Haha
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    Blue2ndaries Minister of Fire

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    It's standing, not leaning, up off the ground, and in the open (wind/sun)....looks good to me! ;)
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  8. NH_Wood

    NH_Wood Minister of Fire

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    Looks real good - nice to see the wood off the ground - looks like you cut small length splits - ~ 12"? Cheers!
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  9. FireBones

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    Yeah got a little wild here and there with the saw haha it's all between 12" & 22" need smaller stuff for the shop and house stoves, and larger for the garn. Once I get a burning season or two under my belt I will likely improve on my cutting lengths, at least I hope. ;)
  10. Pallet Pete

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    It's standing and your alive so that's what matters ! Nice job firebones.

    Pete
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  11. Defiant

    Defiant Vermont Castings Geek

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    Nice job, looks good to me, the real stack master DexterDay might chime in with a tip or 2 :cool:
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  12. Woody Stover

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    That stack looks OK to me...time will tell.
    What kind of wood is that? Pine? If so, you should be able to get it dry by fall even though it is double-row. The only thing I'm double-row on (that I need this year) is some soft Maple. Everything else, even dead standing White Ash, is going to be single-row to let more air get through it.
  13. geoff1969

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    nothing wrong with that stack, looks ok , give it a couple months and just give them a bit of a push here and there to keep them tight other wise as the wood dries and shrinks the stack can become unstable
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  14. Defiant

    Defiant Vermont Castings Geek

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    I had tumbling stacks a few years back, I've learned since then;lol
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    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    Lookin good. Its harder to stack 12" and 22" together. I try to
    keep a few "short stacks" around for the 10 or 12 inchers.
    Good job!
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  16. firefighterjake

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    No offense . . . and maybe it's just me being a bit pessimistic . . . but I wouldn't have a lot of faith in those end stacks.

    This could be a bit more stable by going with thinner splits, half splits or rectangles or square splits (although the last two may require hydraulic splitters to create.)

    Then again . . . I truly hope I am proved wrong since doing work twice stinks.
  17. geoff1969

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    yeh i think we all have had few tumble down ... its all part of the learning process .
  18. Defiant

    Defiant Vermont Castings Geek

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    Here is todays look
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  19. FireBones

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    Yeah it's pine. Mostly dead standing stuff, thus the fat stack lol.
  20. ScotO

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    I think you did a pretty damm good job there, FB! Especially for a first attempt. Trust me, as others have stated, we've ALL had a stack or two tumble on us. That's part of the learning process!;)

    For stitching the ends (cross stacking) to add rigidity, I start that process when I'm splitting. I try and make a bunch of nice, 'squared off' splits when I'm splitting. I pitch those nice neat splits into their own pile, and use them for the stiched ends......it makes a HUGE difference. Since I started doing that, my ends are nice and square, and MEGA-stable.
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    And just what is there to critique? Looks good to me.

    Others have mentioned the ends. Scotty has a good way of preparing his ends and this is how we do it too.

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    Then when we move the winter's supply into the barn, we still make the ends the same way.

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    As for the strength of the stacking, in 50+ years, we've had exactly one stack tip over.
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  22. paul bunion

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    Looks great! You are welcome to come by my house any time that you would like to bone up on your stacking skills.
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  23. DexterDay

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    Looks good to me also. But as other noted, different size splits and small splits make it more difficult. IMO

    I use a stick and pre measure every piece on the log, but I am OCD.. ;)
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  24. ansehnlich1

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    having done a detailed structural analysis on the aforementioned wood stack our firm has come to the conclusion that a squirrel can easily enter/exit said stack for purposes likely to seem random, and furthermore, snakes will find suitable residential opportunities therein.

    we therefore deem this stack 'approved' :)
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