- Cinder or concrete block, the larger the better
- A large heavy duty tarp (camouflage or natural color to blend in to the surrounding area)
- Rough cut or finished cut firewood
- (Optional) Any type of treated or cedar wood poles, planks, or posts (I recycled some old fence post)
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Step 1: Choose a Site.
- That is away from the house or other structures
- Make sure it is a well drained area.
- It should be fairly level.
- It should be easily accessible in any weather.
Step 2: Lay Your Blocks.
- The size is determined by the size of your tarp.
- The larger the blocks the better.
- Recycle old ones with cracks or chips as long as they are solid.
- Lay them holes up to prevent insect or critter nests.
Step 3: Lay Part of the Tarp Over the Bricks.
- Allow part of the tarp to be an "apron" on the front part of the bricks hanging as close to the ground as you would like.
Step 4: (Optional) Lay Your Lumber on Top of the Tarp Covered Blocks
- I used recycled poles so I staggered them to give me more length.
Step 5: Place Heavy "anchor" Firewood Pieces at Each End of the "shelf".
- This prevents the stack from crumbling.
Step 6: Stack Your Firewood
- I place newly cut wood at the bottom of the stack
- Aged wood on top to be used first
Step 7: Fold the Remaining Section of the Tarp Over the Stack.
Step 8: Tuck Your Ends and Add Weights
- The tarp should be flat across the top to prevent water pooling.
- Fold the sides using "hospital corners" also to prevent leaking and water pooling.
- Use heavy weights such as bricks, stones, wheel rims, or whatever strikes your fancy.
Step 9: Keep the Area Around the Stack Clear.
- I keep the weeds and grass short.
- I lay gravel down since it is also my chopping area.
- Keep it stocked and stacked tightly