Stacking firewood utilizing the method known as a holzhausen is ideal for small spaces. This free standing firewood storage requires no building material.
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For many, a wood stove is one of the most romantic feature in a home. However, for individuals who use wood as a primary source of heat a wood stove is a necessity. Because of this very reason homesteaders spend countless hours collecting and stacking firewood.
Additionally, the cost of oil, propane and electricity is astronomical for many. Whereas, the use of firewood minimizes the need for an additional heat source.
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A Small Bit of History
Utilizing a holzhausen as a method for stacking wood has been around for centuries. Stacking firewood in this fashion began in Europe. As landowners cleared the land the wood was split and left in the field to dry. This method for stacking wood was then brought to America by European settlers.
The holzhausen is a circular self-standing structure which does not require bracing. Making it much more durable than anything that is constructed.
Because the initial design water runs off of the wood, preventing rot while allow the wood to dry at a much faster rate. Almost two times faster to be exact. This helped the landowners tremendously when it came to transporting the wood back to the homestead.
Steps for Building a Holzhausen
Step 1. Stacking Firewood
Step 2: Firewood Storage
Next, add the second row of wood in a inward angle. Because the wood is angled any water will easily run off the split wood. Continue to stack the wood with the tapering process in mind. Add spacers every few rows to ensure the firewood continues to angle downward. How often spacers are added will depend on the size of wood and how it is stacked.
Once the exterior wall reaches three feet high begin filling the center. As a matter of fact, this space is perfect for storing oddly split wood, branch rounds, and even kindling.
Keep in mind, this particular holzhausen style is designed to taper the higher it gets. At this point a roof can be constructed using additions firewood pieces and bark. The bark protects the wood while allowing it to breathe.
Questions & Answers
A few questions from our followers:
- Q: Does this method take longer to stack?
- A: Not at all. In truth, it took less time because we did not have to build a brace to hold the wood or build a covered structure to allow the wood to cure.
- Q: How is the wood removed from the pile?
- A: Begin by grabbing firewood from the top layer. At the same time, pull from the center gathering kindling or branch rounds.
- Q: Why is this method better than the standard method for stacking wood?
- A: A holzhausen is what is known as a green project. There is no additional material needed to build for stacking firewood using this method.