Top Ten Advantages of a Holz Hausen Woodpile
1. THEY LOOK AWESOME
Not everyone has a woodpile that people ask about. They have a neat look to them and grab people's attention.
2. THEY ARE EASY TO BUILD
They are simple to build. The kit makes it even easier by quickly laying the template base on the ground where you want to build the pile. No need to spend time working with a string and to layout your circle. The template assures that the cover will fit when you are finished.
3. ITS FUN
If you burn wood, you know that it is hard to get the kids to help stack. The kids will enjoy building something that looks cool. The little ones can even help by throwing logs on the inside and not worry about having to place it in the correct location. Hand them a log and have them toss it in the middle!
4. LESS STACKING OF WOOD
The inside of the pile is not stacked. You throw both odd shaped and regular shaped logs in the inside of the pile. You'll find that you'll do less actual stacking with this type of woodpile. Here is a post with more details about the time savings. They go up very fast.
5. THEY ARE VERY EFFICIENT AT DRYING WOOD
The shape of the woodpile allows for natural convective currents to flow through the woodpile and exit at the peak. The cover includes four vents to make sure the natural drying properties of a Holz Hausen are maintained while the cover is in place.
6. YOU DON'T NEED TO PURCHASE A RACK!
A typical 8 foot long log rack (96" long x 24" wide x 42" high) costs about $50. A rack of this size only holds about 1/2 a cord of wood. If you wanted to hold two cords of wood, you'd need to spend $200 for just the racks necessary to hold wood, In addition, you'd need to purchase tarps or rack covers to keep the wood dry.
7. HOLDS A LOT OF WOOD
An 8ft Cordwood Cover kit stacked five feet high holds two cords. A typical 8 foot long, four feet high single stack pile of wood is only about 1/2 cord of firewood.
8. YOU HAVE A PLACE TO PUT THE ODD SHAPED LOGS THAT ARE HARD TO STACK IN A TRADITIONAL PILE
The inside of the woodpile doesn't need to be stacked so you can throw in odd shaped logs if you have them. You can also throw in short logs and kindling so they are available when you need them as you use your wood.
If you build the stack properly, these woodpiles will not fall over like a traditional rectangular woodpile. If your building a traditional rectangular woodpile, you will have to figure out a way to support the ends of the woodpile. With this style of wood stack, you don't have to worry about supporting the ends because there are none!