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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in woodland care.

This project will be to split and stack dead standing wood as firewood.

You will need to stack at least one half of a face cord, which is 4 feet long by 4 feet tall for the length of the firewood you are cutting.

You can see how to drop a dead tree from the PEP BB's with a hand saw here or with a chainsaw here.

Firewood can help power a rocket mass heater to heat your home or a rocket oven to cook food and is useful for many other things!  

Paul has a great thread for Safer ways of manually chopping firewood

This video shows a quick process from start to finish and briefly talks about selecting the type of wood, shows it being cut, hauled away, and stacked.



Here are some videos from Paul's thread above about easier and safer ways to chop firewood.







This video has a lot of good tips for stacking firewood such as cutting your wood the same length and laying it on level wood pieces to get it off the ground to keep it dry and from rotting. Do not cover the logs. The logs need air movement and sunlight.



Be safe when using hand tools and using chainsaws, be aware of your surroundings, work at your own risk, and enjoy cutting firewood!

All of the wood must be about 15.5 inches long.   Nothing is allowed to be shorter than 15 inches and nothing longer than 16 inches.

To get certified for this BB, post the following pics.  

 - Your dead standing wood you are starting with
 - The wood cut
 - starting the stack (and it is clear that the wood is all about 15 to 16 inches long)
 - the stack about 2/3 done (still clear that all of the wood is all about 15 to 16 inches long)
 - the completed stack (still clear that all of the wood is all about 15 to 16 inches long)


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My tree before bucking, my 8’x2’ stack started at Cooper Cabin on the Lab, finally done!

Most was split with axe or maul, the last bit was with Paul’s Kindling Cracker... pretty cool gadget!
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Staff note (paul wheaton):

I certify that this BB is complete!

 
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I've been cutting down dying birch trees and bucking/splitting them for use in two winters.  I stack in a holzhausen style which is a round wood pile.  We can get 4-5 cords of wood into a 10x10 footprint.  Due to drying issues in the core of the pile, this year we're doing two cylindrical stacks and trying to leave the core open.  We'll also take some pallet wood and make a roof over the stacks so it looks like a single pitch version Shakespeare's globe theater.

The holzhausen started today with the rings of wood that start the stacks on an inward tilt.  We reuse them because it takes a while to find chunks that lay flat.

Starting pile of wood is 10' long (per tape measure on the ground) and the general middle height is 3' so it's well over 1/2 face cord.
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Dead maple
Dead maple
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Dead birch
Dead birch
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Starting pile (second pile behind it)
Starting pile (second pile behind it)
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Next year's wood in the background
Next year's wood in the background
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Beginning rings
Beginning rings
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Part way through
Part way through
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Part way through
Part way through
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Done with the first pile, time for a break
Done with the first pile, time for a break
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Pile has a good start
Pile has a good start
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View from the side
View from the side
Staff note (paul wheaton):

I certify that this BB is complete!

 
The moth suit and wings road is much more exciting than taxes. Or this tiny ad:
Switching from electric heat to a rocket mass heater reduces your carbon footprint as much as parking 7 cars
http://woodheat.net
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