Over the years, I have experimented stacking wood in different ways. I have never had any special wood sheds or barns so I needed to keep our wood dry using tarps. Over time, we started to enjoy building round wood piles called holz hausens. We liked them because they solved some of the challenges we found with other methods. On top of all that, they just looked cool.
The only problem I’ve had with the round woodpiles was a way to keep the rain and snow off of them. If you read about them, people often use flat logs on top to make a sort of shingle pattern roof to shed the rain and snow. This sort of worked but was nowhere as good as a tarp. Even worse, the minute you remove wood to start burning, your “roof” is gone. Without the "shingles", rain soaks the firewood, in the fall leaves fell onto the pile and snow would build up on my wood. I tried to use a tarp but it just didn’t work. Besides ruining the cool look of the pile and making it look terrible, the square shape would not sit over the pile properly. The tarp would build up rain and snow in its folds because of its inability to form to the shape of the pile. It was also difficult to tie down and remove when I needed wood.
This is how Cordwood Covers was born. I had some custom covers made for my piles which not only protected the woodpile from the elements, it was easy to use and still maintained the distinctive look of the round woodpile. Later designs were updated to include a base mesh template and tie down straps to become the product that we sell today.
I wanted to build something that would help people solve a problem. I realized that not everyone has room or the money to build a woodshed. The cover kit was a way to make it easier for people to build nice looking woodpiles that wouldn't be eye sores in their yard. To this day, people always ask about the woodpiles when they stop by the house because they look so interesting.