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How do you stack your wood grain side up or bark side up?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by FireaddictSC, Nov 16, 2009.

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  1. Tony H

    Tony H New Member

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    I do not bar code yet however to speed drying time I drill a hole two inches from the end of each split and string and hang them like popcorn on a tree , just make sure they are high enough you don't bonk your head on the when you ride thru on the lawn tractor BTW did you know those mowers with the hydrostatic transmissions will keep on going after you fall off and mow right over flowers and small bushes. True!

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  2. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Mostly bark side up but if one happens to fit better the opposite way, that is how it gets stacked. Looking over my piles, it appears over 90% is bark side up.
  3. Wet1

    Wet1 Minister of Fire

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    +1
  4. John the Painter

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    I always stack bark down.As a kid I learned that the moisture would evaporate up and so it would be easier to dry.Wheither or not this is true I don't know but it was what I was taught.
  5. kenny chaos

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    Yes, that is true. You had a brilliant teacher.
  6. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    I honestly don't think it really matters, but I've tended to stack the top layer or two of my stacks bark on the top and the wood's "meat" under . . . thinking perhaps like Quads that the bark was always exposed to the elements so I might as well let it continue its job in death as it did in life. I suppose a part of me is also thinking that the bark would help "shed" water since my stacks are left uncovered for a year until they go into the woodshed . . . but in reality the water, snow and ice will percolate down a bit into the wood anyways . . . again, I don't think it really matters which way the wood is stacked as long as it is stacked for several months.
  7. NitroDave

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    I stand them on end... like a little army of soldiers..... the trick is to get them to march into the funace room.
  8. Corey

    Corey Minister of Fire

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    I stack 'what ever fits best' side up. and by fits best, I mean 'loose but still stable'. This allows good air flow for seasoning, but keeps the pile stable. In all my years of burning, I've never noticed any difference between a stick which was stacked bark up vs one which was bark down.
  9. drdoct

    drdoct Feeling the Heat

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    Nothing like a good question to draw out all the people with OCD. I usually stack mine sideways with the bark. heh... how's that for up or down? ;-)
  10. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    +1 but little less than2 years
  11. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    One of my wood guys told me to always stack it bark side up because the bark holds water and I have found this to be true.. In fact my wood tends to mushroom if stacked the other way because of the moisture fungus has a field day!

    Ray
  12. gpcollen1

    gpcollen1 Minister of Fire

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    I find it amusing that folks do it one way or another - no offense. I just split it an stack it so it does not fall over. All I do is make certain that the stack will never fall over...
  13. FireaddictSC

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    Who would have known that such a question would bring so many responses. Thanks for all the feed back, next time i'm splitting and stacking i will think about something that could solve the economy woes and ask the question on here. I'm sure we all have lots to say about that!
  14. Valhalla

    Valhalla Minister of Fire

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    Outdoor stacks have the splits placed for the best stability.
    In my shed and barn, the same for an obvious reason.

    The bark adds little moisture protection since rain water,
    snow/ice melt and heavy dew can penetrate at all angles.

    Stability of my stacks is very important.
  15. Gator eye

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    Yeap those mower will keep right on going and going if you disconnect the seat sensor......they'll even drive themself into a pond.

    BTW, Did you know that a lawn mower will float upside down with the rear tires just above the water line.........
  16. firefighterjake

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  17. lexybird

    lexybird Minister of Fire

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    seems to me if you are letting it season for as long as you should be ..then it wont matter either way
    wood that has sat for over a year or two usually has its bark seperating and falling off the split anyhow
  18. JoeyD

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    Does this really help to dry the woods more evenly? What do you do if once planed to size the weights don't match up? If it does help I'm going out to shop tonight and fixing next years wood tonight. BTW I unusually stack with my bark N/S. This way the westerly winds hit bark side first.
  19. raybonz

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    Bark holds water like a bowl... makes sense if you think about it... wood tends to be wet between the wood and the bark.. Check this with a moisture meter....

    Ray
  20. quads

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    The trees I cut have no bark on them. I still stack the side the bark would have been on up. Don't know if it makes any difference, I let them season for 3 - 5 years, but it somehow looks "right" to me. The other way looks like upside down wood.
  21. PJF1313

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    ... and a New Holland with a hammer knife will keep goin' until it drowns itself - just ask my boss ;-) .
    It took us a couple of hours, with a Case back hoe, a bunch of chain and cable and a couple of "wet" employees, to get it out. After draining all the fluids, a few gallons worth, it restarted nicely, but hasn't been the same since.
  22. Todd

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    Probably doesn't make any difference either way since most of the moisture will evaporate from the split ends. I always stacked bark up to shed off water but now I have a wood shed and it gets stacked whichever way fits best.
  23. kjayhawk

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    +1.

    And it has played out in my red oak stacks this year. The splits stacked bark side up aren't ready. The splits stacked grain side up are.
  24. Bone1099

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    after reading every post in this thread i went out and pushed over all my stacks of rounds turned em over and stacked em on three different sides still confused. so now im sitting in the middle of a pile of wood passed out drunk scratchin my head or ... is it my butt i dont even know my name any more.
  25. Birdman1

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    I been stacking bark side down, gives my O.C.D. somethin to do so I can actually get stuff done.

    Maybe next stack will be bark up or side ways.
    As long as the O.C.D. is not focused on the edges of the stack all being lined up I might get some work
    done, I just hope no one tells the O.C.D. on me cause then I will never get anything done.
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