How to Tarp a Woodpile

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People who burn wood need a woodpile. Optimally, a woodpile will contain split wood ready for burning. After stacking the wood, it will dry in the pile and become ready to burn. While you must protect wood from moisture, do not cover an entire woodpile with a plastic tarp. Cover only the top of the wood to allow air to circulate through the sides of the pile.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood pallets
  • Wood pieces
  • Long bungee cords
  • Plastic tarp (with grommets)
  • Place the wood pallets on the ground. The pallets will keep the wood off the ground and help the wood dry more effectively and completely.

  • Stack the wood on the pallets. Place a single layer of wood onto the pallets, making one row of single logs across the pallets. Lay a second layer of wood onto the first layer to begin stacking the wood in a row. Lay a third layer of wood onto the second layer and continue stacking layers of wood in the one single row. Do not create another row beside this row because this will prevent air from circulating to the wood in the center of the rows. You can make the single row as high as you wish and as long as you wish, but make it only one stacked row.

  • Select a plastic tarp that will fit only over the top of the stacked wood. Do not extend the plastic tarp down the sides of the wood because this will interfere with air circulation. Place the tarp over the top of the woodpile.

  • Insert one bungee cord through each grommet on the tarp and pull the bungee cords down to the pallets, pulling the bungee cords straight down. Loop the bungee cords around the wood pallets to secure each bungee cord. These bungee cords will hold the plastic tarp in place.

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