Three of the pallets will be used for the new woodpile leaving three for the new compost bin. I will add another two to the compost bin in the next couple weeks for a two-bin system similar to these bins at Digitalseed. I can always add on later.
We received our delivery of wood this week:
Now we have the pleasant task of stacking it. For those who don’t burn wood, I have learned that there is an art to wood stacking. It should be stacked in a way to allow air to continue to dry out the wood.
I also found an interesting article at Mother Earth News, “The Science of Wood Stacking” by Ceylon Monroe. Below is an excerpt:
A woodpile is a public thing — as much of a "statement" as your garden or your mailbox or the vehicle you park out front. In my up-country Maine town, they say that a reliable, hardworking man will stack his wood square and straight, while a slacker stacks sloppily. If a pile weaves, wavers, or leans out of plumb, its builder is suspected of a need for eyeglasses, of tippling, or worse. Know those old wives whose tales are famous? Well, when their daughters reach courting age, they gauge the marital prospects of a man by the way he stacks wood. Weak and insecure men (too timid to get far) build a low stack arranged by log size — heavy logs on the bottom, little stuff on top. The socially or politically ambitious (they're all crooks) stack high and show-offish with big logs on top. The lazy (who never will amount to nothin') leave their wood in a heap or start a pile but never finish. And the sly and mercenary (watch yer virtue and yer pocketbook) stack ground-fall tree limbs and apple tree prunings in with the wood. If you want to keep your psyche to yourself, stack as the sticks come out of the pile.
Can you imagine being judged by your wood pile? As I look around the neighborhood, I see one very lazy neighbor (in a heap with a tarp covering held down by old tires) and most are hardworking (square and straight stacks). I wonder what ours will be?