Six Creative Ways To Stack Your Firewood & Logs
Many of you will be storing your logs for wood-burning season, but there are so many ways to turn your pile into a decorative, multi-functional piece for indoors or outdoors while still keeping the logs dry. One of the things we love about firewood is the aesthetic appeal it has when stacked. Here are a few firewood ideas that we thought were pretty clever.
1. Traditional Log Store
The classic log shed is in our number one spot for a reason. Being made of wood itself (usually) it’s suitable for any budget, and it’s super easy to buy or build a store in any size you want. You will save on space in your home by having it outside. It’s recommended that you place it a few metres away from your house and fences for better air circulation, but don’t build it too far from your house - no one wants to be trudging across a frosty garden in their apron and slippers. Check out products from Woodson and Sons to get a bespoke log store to suit your space.
2. DIY Pallet Log Store
There’s more than one way to repurpose a pallet. The pallet at the base of your delivery crate is designed to keep the logs off the ground. Use this as your foundation, then use 2 – 3 other pallets to create the sides. You may need some extra planks of wood to create a secure roof and keep rain off. See our 5 ways to upcycle your pallet article for more DIY ideas. See an example above of a homemade log store that’s been made by one of our customers!
3. Built-In Alcove or Furniture
The great space saving technique is making use of what you’ve already got in your home. Sometimes houses already come with spaces above or next to the fireplace to put your logs in. Most chimney breast walls offer a natural alcove too, so this is an easy win and doubles up as a feature wall in your living space. Or you could incorporate this into your furniture – inside a coffee table, a bench, a kitchen island and more.
4. Scandinavian / Norwegian Round Stack
When stacking firewood outside, this could be your moment to build something totally unique, and yet traditional. Whatever your project entails, you need to remember 3 things: Add a roof or protective cover, ensure the logs have plenty of ventilation and store firewood off the ground. Being based in Britain, we would probably recommend having a base to protect the bottom layer of logs from the inevitable moisture from rainfall!
Originally from Norway, this art form is a traditional method that is starting to become recognised in other countries. It's an effective way to store as much firewood in one space as possible in good (dry) weather conditions. The space inside the wall is ideal for misshapen, twisted and differently sized wood. The circular structure of the stack is supposed to dry out the wood much faster - it can take as little as 3-6 months to dry.
According to author Lars Mytting, if these are built properly with the final top layer of wood stacked at an angle, this will allow rainfall to run off the outside instead of seeping in. Nevertheless, we’d recommend covering this with a large tarp, as it’s vital to prevent as much moisture from getting in as possible. See Norwegian Wood – Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way by Lars Mytting for more information on the art of wood stacking.
5. Space-Saving Shelf Ideas
For those of you seeking a space-savvy method to fit into your living space, what about a shelf stacking system? This shelving design is simple but effective – it breaks up the stack while offering necessary support for a huge supply of logs.
For smaller rooms, why not make use of your firewood not only as décor but also as storage in itself? Place the logs against your wall like normal, except leave spaces to insert a box that you can place lamps, plants and other décor on. Once you’re finished, you’ll have a natural and pleasantly scented feature wall that will immediately increase the comfort levels and give your home that rustic feel.
6. Firewood Rack
Another classic way to store firewood outside is on a rack, either with a ready-made bracketed one or a foundation made yourself from wood beams, concrete or bricks. If it’s kept off the ground and the top is covered when needed, this is an effective way to keep firewood neat, as well as being a way of creating a wall structure to separate or decorate areas of your property.
Can you think of some other ways to stack your firewood? If you’re thinking of starting your own firewood display, we recommend kiln-dried Birch logs. Their natural silvery bark makes them a really attractive option that will match all interior styles for living rooms and kitchens.