Mummu has clipped one or two articles by Steve Maxwell over the past year, pointing out that he is not only a contractor, but one who has already done something similar to our venture – moving to bare land and self-building a home there.
As such, I have sometimes encountered his building and homesteading tips independently in my internet travels. One that I remember is his recommendation to pile firewood in round piles.
I had seen this done before, and found it intriguing.
With the onset of the new driveway going in, I had to move a number of regular piles that were set up close alongside the old one. This was a good opportunity to try out Steve’s notions.
I started with a spindly balsam near the yurts. I piled carefully in a circle and things started to look pretty awesome!
I didn’t follow Steve’s advice about placing long poles to extend completely through the pile, defining its diameter.
As I was about to add another ring around the outside to help stabilize things, with a gentle rumble, gravity reared its ugly head.
The last two loads of wood, I just chucked willy-nilly onto my folly. Kenny made good use of this pile as yet another part of his environment to conquer.
I actually haven’t given up on the round pile notion. I did rather like the look and concept of it. I will just have to try to follow Steve’s rules a bit more closely next time around.