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Holz Hausen - Base ideas?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by karri0n, Feb 16, 2009.

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  1. karri0n

    karri0n New Member

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    I'm thinking of building a holz hausen for my woodpile this year, mostly just for the looks and I like a nice project here an there. I know there's a few people who build em, and I'm wondering what you guys use for a base? I did see a page out there on the intarwebz that just said to put some splits right on the ground, but call me crazy, I'd like to keep it raised a little so the bottom can season as well. I had thought of using pallets, but the fact that they are square and not round seemed a little problematic.

    The ideas I have so far are:

    1. just the splits on the ground method, which says it might help alleviate the "angle" problems from stacking. My issue with this is I don't think the bottom will dry.

    2. Throw a tarp down, followed by the splits on the ground method. I don't know how much if at all this will help with drying, and the blue sticking out will definitely be uglier than just stacking it on the grass.

    that's all for now

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  2. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    4 pallets. Maybe not as pretty, but very functional. I too like to have some space to prevent rotting.
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    Wet1 Minister of Fire

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    Some other ideas would be placing branches or stone down to keep the good wood off the ground.
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    pulldownclaw Feeling the Heat

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    I too do the 4 pallets, I put brick under mine to try to extend their life a little. It doesn't look as nice as having it built right on the ground, but I'm with you, I'd like to burn that bottom row, plus it's gotta help with the airflow under and up through the stack.

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    karri0n New Member

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    Thanks for the ideas. 4 pallets it is.
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    stejus Minister of Fire

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    Use 4 pallets. The pallets distrubute the weight much better and should remain level during the freeze/thaw cylces...

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  7. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    Almost everyone has access to junk wood. Just build the first layer out of sacrifice junk wood and bark scraps. Looks better than pallets.
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