This video will show you how to stack firewood without supports on the ends using this simple log cabin technique.
There is an art and a science to building a firewood pile. You'd have to come to meeting already knowing that there is more to a tree than wood, bark, and leaves as the Indians and the old-time French-Canadian axmen did, and the way a few modern woodsmen and still do.
Firewood just dumped in a heap will not dry out and it will not burn well. Rain will run down and soak into cut ends while ground moisture will migrate up and soak into spongy inner bark. But even the toughest ash and beech fire logs will start quickly and burn efficiently if seasoned in the woods for 6 months to a year, sectioned to stove length, the big logs half-split, and all of it piled in the woodshed or barn for some months more. The hardwood should be quartered; the pine should be split to kindling and piled again to surface-dry in a warm cellar for a few weeks or months and finally brought upstairs to heat and dry crisp for a day or two near the stove. Henry Thoreau neglected the work of piling and repiling when he wrote, "Wood warms you twice, once when you cut it and again when you burn it." By my count it warms you six or seven times — most of that in building and tearing down woodpiles.