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Is Firewood Art?

 If you’re going to stack it, stack it good!

Long time followers of this blog will recall that our family heats our log home with a woodstove. We have been doing this for the past 8-9 years and love everything about wood heat. And you know the old saying, “when you heat with firewood, you get warm twice”.

Obviously, the first warm firewood feeling comes from the work required to cut, split and stack your wood.  And, if you rely on firewood to carry you through the winter, you’ll need anywhere between 5 and 10 cords of wood.  Your stove, average temps and length of your winter determines how big that firewood stack gets. Regardless of how much wood you need, you have to store it somewhere, so how can you turn an unsightly pile of firewood into a work of art?

These photos came to me in an email today, so I have no idea of their source, but I must admit I was awestruck when I saw how some people stack their firewood.  Beauty and art is in the eye of the beholder, and I think you’ll agree these are some beautiful and very creative stacks of firewood.


What a great idea and keeping with the overall theme of a tree. Of all these photos, this one would probably require the least amount of work. The challenge would be to figure out how to place those horizontal libs to accomplish the look.


This one doesn’t require as much work or planning, but it is a unique way to break-up the monotonous rows of wood.


This is creative, right down to the “shingled” roof.


I really like this idea. Another great way to add some color and break-up the pile.


Okay, this guy was just showing off. Not only does he have a killer design, but he even chose the old discolored pieces to add accents.


I guess that once you start burning the wood, it gets easier to find your way out.


How about a functional way to stack wood?  But, where do you park once the walls start to come down?


I would be worried about insects with this idea, but you have to admit that it is a creative way to store firewood where you need it.

I am inspired to create firewood art

If life cooperates and I have the time, I’m going to try building a creative stack of firewood next spring when I do my cutting.  Stay tuned to my blog because I know you’ll want to see if I keep my commitment.

At our house, we stack our rows of wood (about 6 cords) off to the side of the house where it is accessible throughout the winter. I usually have nice neat stacks and cover the top with a brown tarp to keep it dry and clear of snow.  You can see our wood stack from the front of the house, so creating a unique design in the stack seems like a fun idea.  Stay tuned…and keep warm.

3 comments to Is Firewood Art?

  • I have never seen anything like this before. I use wood for heat and the idea of making cool looking designs with your woodpile is kinda mind blowing….I mean awesome but who has that kind of time? Not me…but I get a kick out of looking at it for sure.
    Thanks for showing us what’s out there…!?!
    All the best,

  • To make sure you receive all the firewood you ordered and paid for, it’s a good idea to know the size of a cord: 128-cubic feet. That amounts to a pile of wood stacked in compact rows that measure 4-feet wide, 4-feet high and 8-feet long (4 x 4 x 8 = 128). The pile could also measure 2 feet wide, 4-feet high and 16-feet long (2 x 4 x 16 = 128), or any other dimensions where the width times the height times the length equals 128 cubic feet.

  • We have recently been posting firewood art on our Facebook page and it seems people are pretty intrigued by it. I like some of these photo’s and may share and write about it.

    Thanks for sharing!


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