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Last weekend I build a firewood holder/stand type thing. It turned out real nice but I am afraid I made it too long and tall. currently my fire wood is unsplit and stacked as you would split wood and the rack is much higher and longer than the current stack of wood. I'm in SoCal so we dont have a lot of cold weather to require a lot fires in the winter so I probably have 3 years worth.

Since my side yard space is at a premium to store other things I now have a stupid question.

Question: when I split the wood will it take up more or less space when stacked compared to 16" logs (not split) stacked in the same fashion?

I have the potential to cut my rack down by a 1/3 of it's size so I don't know if I should leave it as long and tall as it is or pare it down a bit and save valuable space.
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agreed! Been working on 2 Old growth firs that blew down in march. This is very dence, hard wood.....Tree 1....Me 0 with a splitting maul lol. Renting a spliter and will make quick work of it. Should have at least 6 true cords when done if not more. Look for some "firewood porn" pics soon when its all stacked
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agreed! Been working on 2 Old growth firs that blew down in march. This is very dence, hard wood.....Tree 1....Me 0 with a splitting maul lol. Renting a spliter and will make quick work of it. Should have at least 6 true cords when done if not more. Look for some "firewood porn" pics soon when its all stacked
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So, you got big wood?:confused:
 

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As one who has cut and stacked MANY cords of wood a year, for too many years to count... Split wood compacts the tightest, then stove length rounds, then field lengths.

Remember, when you're stacking it, try to keep the bark side up (like in the above pic) as that will allow water to run off better.

Unlike in that pic... you should put something down on the ground to pile on. directll on the ground and you'll lose a bunch of wood in the first year (rot), it wont season properly, and you'll have an unstable pile. If you can get a couple pallets, they're great for stacking on. Remember to cross hatch your ends/corners, and alternate the thick ends (in and out) or your pile will lean and again be unstable

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FJ, great pics. That second pict is actually really cool looking. Sort of artsie IMO. Thanks tom everyone else.

Today I cut down my 14' long x 6' tall rack to about 9' long. Bring home a hydraulic splitter from work tomorrow tom get it all split this weekend. I will post pics of the finished product. Have a great weekend all.
 
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