Show us your sorry stacks!

Woody Stover

Minister of Fire
Dec 25, 2010
11,489
Southern IN
Yes, it's certainly thrilling to see all the posts with miles and miles of perfectly stacked wood but for the sake of variety, let's post some pics of the other end of the spectrum, shall we? Here's to all the folks out there (I can't be the only one) who haven't quite gotten their house in order yet! :rolleyes:
Here are a couple Red Oak stacks a few years old, that are going across the slope, not up and down, and only have four concrete block under each pallet. The second mistake is that the 2x4s are running parallel with the stacks, not perpendicular as they should be (which also gives you a full 48" to stack three 16" split rows. The pallets sagged in the center..I've picked up most of that stack crash which layed there a couple months, and is now under cover, drying out again. My faithful helper showed me what he thought of this mess by lifting a leg. ;lol
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Here's some White Oak rounds I've been "curing" for a couple of years. The sapwood should scrape right off with a putty knife, and it will take me forever to split 'em since they will smell soooo good with vanilla-y sweetness, like 10-year bourbon. ==c I may try sauteeing those mushrooms..
At least the stack is running up and down the slope..but the 2x4s are still going the wrong way.
And some Black Cherry that will be equally as easy to knock the sapwood off of. In the background, some five-year BL rounds, but that stuff will hold up.
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This is Sugar Maple, about two years bucked. I'd better get that split, I don't think it holds up as well as White Oak or Cheery heartworm, and it's got a few shrooms. In back of that, left, a white Oak stack with the mats blown off by recent heavy winds. Pignut to the right, with BL in the background, splits right, rounds to the left. Splits covered but is about the only stuff I've got that doesn't need to be.
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This is Pignut Hickory...gonna grab some of that soon and see how it burns.
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And my five-year Hedge stash. I wonder if it's dry..I'd like to try some one day. ==c
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Good grief, I need to slap together a few wood sheds, ASAP! <>
Well, it'll be a tall order for any of you guys to match the scope of this debacle but don't be shy, you're welcome to try! :)
Or those of you with perfect stacks of pristine wood, feel free to admonish and roundly criticize me for my slovenly approach to stocking my stash! :eek: ;lol
 
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jatoxico

Minister of Fire
Aug 8, 2011
4,191
Long Island NY
I could of shown you some very similar pictures this time last year. Got to it and split up a bunch rounds that were starting to look composty. Very similar variety to what you have. Was locust, sugar maple, soft maple, cherry, pignut and some basswood. Some the bass was lost but otherwise plenty of good solid wood left despite what it looked like.

I'm guessing you'll like the pignut. Have had some for the last few years. That's one that's better split sooner than later. The locust doesn't care, could leave it unsplit for a long long time.
 

Woody Stover

Minister of Fire
Dec 25, 2010
11,489
Southern IN
I'm guessing you'll like the pignut. Have had some for the last few years. That's one that's better split sooner than later. The locust doesn't care, could leave it unsplit for a long long time.
The Pignut in the Maple pic is covered better, and I've burned some here and there over the last couple years. It's great stuff, lasts a long time in the stove. I'm hoping that BL and Hedge will be dry, or at least close. I need to get some of this other stuff split and under cover first however. And I've got dead Elm and live blow-down soft Maple at my SIL's..need to get that split quick and hopefully dry for her stove next winter.
I'm not far behind on this..hard Maple from a yard tree last year, newer Red Elm, Cherry, a few White Oak rounds a buddy brought me.
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jatoxico

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Aug 8, 2011
4,191
Long Island NY
I got practically nothing to split. Hopefully something falls in my lap over the next year or two.
 

Woody Stover

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Dec 25, 2010
11,489
Southern IN
It would take me a while to go out there and get pics of all the dead or down Red Oak here. The White Ash are finally getting hit by the borer now, too. I consider myself blessed to have ended up here with a part of the property that was in my wife's family. I got into burning wood, enjoyed learning about IDing and getting it, and now I'm in hog heaven. :) Only drawback, three of her sisters are out here too, and guess who gets the honor of bringing them firewood? ==c
You'll get your wood, jatox. Get the word out to people you run into, guys at work, neighbors, tree guys and the like, and you'll be up to your eyeballs before you know it. >>
 

jatoxico

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Aug 8, 2011
4,191
Long Island NY
After this season I'm good for at least 3 more years. If I have to buy cords I will. Split cords around here are about $150. Even if a little short and unseasoned that's worth it.
 

Woody Stover

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Dec 25, 2010
11,489
Southern IN
Split cords around here are about $150. Even if a little short and unseasoned that's worth it.
Wow, that's probably what it runs around here. I think of NY as expensive but apparently not for everything. >>
 

hickoryhoarder

Feeling the Heat
Apr 5, 2013
355
Indiana
LOL. Great post, Woody Stover. My wood stacks are all right, but my garage and work bench resemble your stacks.
 

jatoxico

Minister of Fire
Aug 8, 2011
4,191
Long Island NY
Wow, that's probably what it runs around here. I think of NY as expensive but apparently not for everything. >>
Its funny those prices are for Long Island which is an expensive place to live. Meanwhile I hear of much higher prices/cord in more rural areas of the state. Lotta trees here and relatively few burners I guess.
 
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thewoodlands

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Aug 25, 2009
12,591
Foothills of The Adirondacks
The Pignut in the Maple pic is covered better, and I've burned some here and there over the last couple years. It's great stuff, lasts a long time in the stove. I'm hoping that BL and Hedge will be dry, or at least close. I need to get some of this other stuff split and under cover first however. And I've got dead Elm and live blow-down soft Maple at my SIL's..need to get that split quick and hopefully dry for her stove next winter.
I'm not far behind on this..hard Maple from a yard tree last year, newer Red Elm, Cherry, a few White Oak rounds a buddy brought me.
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Most of our hardwood is stacked but this week I'll see what I can do about adding some rounds to the inventory, here's a pic of some sorry azz pine.

We only received about two inches of snow today from the storm, hopefully the footing on the hill in the back that holds the ash is good.
 

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therealdbeau

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Oct 16, 2018
152
VA
Here's mine. Hoping to get a little neater as time goes on. About 7 cords by my guestimation. Pic taken a couple months ago.

Mostly red oak. The rest is maple, poplar, cherry, hickory, beech and some unknown.
 
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Woody Stover

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Dec 25, 2010
11,489
Southern IN
here's a pic of some sorry azz pine
It's a mess now but unlike me, at least you "got before the rot!" ==c And if I know you, it'll be neatly stacked in the blink of an eye. ;)
 
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Woody Stover

Minister of Fire
Dec 25, 2010
11,489
Southern IN
Here's mine. Hoping to get a little neater as time goes on. About 7 cords by my guestimation. Pic taken a couple months ago.
and some unknown.
You're not far away from having it under control..good work.
What? Unknown wood? Post some pics of bark, split wood, and end-grain..we love to ID wood! ==c
 

Diabel

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EbS-P

Feeling the Heat
Jan 19, 2019
295
SE North Carolina
I guess this is what happens when you start stacking without a plan. One decent looking but not really structural stack and one well I guess here is good enough stack and a I don’t want that green pine on any of the other two stacks stack.
 

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Hksvr4

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Dec 3, 2019
38
NY
Removed 6 huge red oaks by my house. Some are appx. 85feet tall. One stump measured 45" round and others appx. 33" round. Log length ranging from 55"-75" long. This was a month ago. Can't wait to put them in the stove!
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Woody Stover

Minister of Fire
Dec 25, 2010
11,489
Southern IN
My drunk piles.
Maybe those are three-beer stacks: They're not falling-down drunk, just leaning a little. ;)
I guess this is what happens when you start stacking without a plan. One decent looking but not really structural stack and one well I guess here is good enough stack and a I don’t want that green pine on any of the other two stacks stack.
Yeah, I separate the species too. Then I can pick what I feel like burning..shoulder-season stuff, or high-BTU fuel for the dead of winter. Have you got something under those heaps so that they're up off the ground?
Removed 6 huge red oaks by my house....This was a month ago. Can't wait to put them in the stove!
You'll have to wait a while to get Oak as dry as it needs to be. I like to have it split and stacked three years, top-covered. Some claim to get it dry it two years but they probably have better conditions...like stacked single-row on the prairie in Iowa. ;) Unfortunately there are a lot of trees where I stack so the wind gets slowed down.
 
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Woody Stover

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Dec 25, 2010
11,489
Southern IN
Whoa, I hit!! ::-) A guy gave me 18 or so sheets of metal siding/roofing, mostly ten-footers, plus a few scrappy pieces I can probably cobble together. Maybe I can lose some of these crappy mats I've been using, which are always settling between rows of wood or blowing off in the wind.
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Diabel

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Jan 11, 2008
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Ottawa, ON
Whoa, I hit!! ::-) A guy gave me 18 or so sheets of metal siding/roofing, mostly ten-footers, plus a few scrappy pieces I can probably cobble together. Maybe I can lose some of these crappy mats I've been using, which are always settling between rows of wood or blowing off in the wind.
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Metal roofing is the best for covering stacks
 

BigFir

Burning Hunk
Sep 22, 2015
199
Kamloops BC
I guess this is what happens when you start stacking without a plan. One decent looking but not really structural stack and one well I guess here is good enough stack and a I don’t want that green pine on any of the other two stacks stack.
I hope you at least put up a warning sign after you stole the railing from your balcony lol!
 
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PistolPeets

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Jan 1, 2019
107
Upstate New York
I guess this is what happens when you start stacking without a plan. One decent looking but not really structural stack and one well I guess here is good enough stack and a I don’t want that green pine on any of the other two stacks stack.
I too started stacking without a plan. This picture taken from my back security camera. Wood is on some weird racks I found on the property and on 2x4's and 2x6's. Mostly storm damaged trees. From left to right - mix of poplar/ash, mix of poplar/ash, boxelder, mix of ash and what I believe is elm. Approximately a face cord of each.

With all this junk wood, I might stay warm for a couple of months next winter. I've been cutting some live ash trees lately though. I burned a cord of it last winter and really liked it. Plus it's readily available on the property and the EAB is threatening them. So I'll keep taking them down and burning them!
 

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