A new wood hoarder is born, my friends! Your truly. I did a search but didn't come up with anything quite this specific. I don't suspect any wood I obtain this year is going to be fully dry and ready to burn as a lot of you guys mentioned in my intro thread, but I am still on the hunt! But first, some questions... This is a photo I shared in my introduction thread that I will gladly share again. This photo is of wood that is cut & split from a Birch Tree in our tiny front yard that we took down in May of this year. It currently sits on this 8' firewood rack. I know this won't be ready this year. In addition to this, I discovered today at work that a co-worker has an acre and a half of land not too far away from me that had many mature trees downed from a tornado that hit the area in August. They are desperately trying to clean up their yard before the snow starts flying and they offered me several downed trees to cut up. I've no idea what I'm doing here when it comes to stacking this wood. First, I plan on stacking it to the right of this rack in the photo against the chain link fence separating my backyard and my neighbors. My thought process being it is a large open area in both of our backyards and the sun/wind will be able to maximize the drying process. I don't currently have a wood shed, so I'd simply be stacking the firewood right on my grass. Should I lay down a tarp first before setting the wood right on the grass? I'm guessing that may or may not matter, but thought I'd ask. I realize this area of grass is going to die. Once the wood is stack and similarly to the birch wood on this rack, should it be covered with a tarp? And if so, am I just covering the top but leaving the front/back exposed to allow the wind/sun to hit it? Sorry for the ignorant questions! I just want to make sure I'm maximizing the drying ability. I'm hoping next Spring/Summer, I can make it a project to build a halfway decent wood shed.