The Best Way to Stack Firewood

stacked fire wood image by Jim Mills from

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Wood pallets, 4 feet by 4 feet
  • Tape Measure
  • Wood pallets, 4-feet by 4-feet
  • 6 steel t-posts, 5 feet long
  • Steel fence post pounder

According to John Gulland of the Wood Heat Organization, firewood should be kept up off the ground for seasoning to promote drying and prevent mould growth." He also says that firewood shouldn't be stacked higher than 4 feet when stacked in a single row. Most wood burning stoves can handle firewood 14 to 18 inches long. Plan on a storage space of sufficient width to handle these lengths. Placing the wood stack close to the house where the wood will be burned makes for convenient retrieval during poor weather conditions. The best way to stack firewood is away from moisture and in a stack that won't topple over.

Level an area where the wood will be stacked using a shovel and rake. Dig the high areas down and fill in the low areas with the dirt from the high areas. Rake the area in a back and forth motion to smooth out the surface. Put on a pair of gloves and lay down as many pallets as required for the stacking of the firewood to be stacked. Butt the ends of the pallets together in a row. Lay the pallets so the slats on the pallets are crossing in the opposite direction the firewood will be stacked.

Run a tape measure across the the width of the end pallets. Place a mark at the one foot, two feet and three feet points using a tape measure.

Pound three steel t-posts a foot into the ground at the one foot, two foot, and three feet marks at both pallet ends. These posts will keep the firewood stack ends from tumbling down.

Stack two to three rows of firewood butted end to end per pallet width. Since a pallet is 4 feet wide, three rows of 14-inch firewood or two rows of 18-inch firewood can be stacked per pallet row. Stack one level at a time until the firewood stack reaches 4 feet high. Use the steel t-posts at the ends of the rows as height guides.