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  • W. Blake Kooi

Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood

Updated: Aug 30, 2023

Do you stack your wood bark up or bark down? Bark up protects the wood from the rain. Bark down allows the wood to dry faster. Personally, I stack the first layer bark down and all subsequent layers bark up. I do this to use the bark as a protectant against moisture from the ground and sky. Did you know that many people cut wood during the wrong time of year? The best time to cut wood is in winter or early spring before the sap starts flowing. If cut during this time the wood dries much faster. In fact, it is a myth that most wood needs two years to dry properly. Some wood can be dried within months if treated correctly. This information and more is provided in this romantically written book by Lars Mytting about chopping, stacking and drying wood.

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