How to build a Norwegian Round Stack


Norwegian Round

Photos: Lars Mytting

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Norwegian rounds are a space-saving wood stacking technique that will keep your wood dry, author Lars Mytting shares the secret with an extract from his book Norwegian Wood – Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way.

The round stack is an outstanding form of woodpile once wildly used in Norway but now almost obsolete. A successful round has much to recommend it. It makes good use of the available space and can accommodate twisted wood, and, if it’s properly constructed, rainwater will run off the outside so it does not need a top covering.


NORWEGIAN ROUND Photo Lars Mytting

Photos: Lars Mytting

The horizontal circular base is built up into a cylinder, with the logs in the middle providing support and preventing inward collapse.

Photo: Lars Mytting

When the structure is about 3.5 feet high (105cm) the logs are laid in toward the centre, and the whole thing is topped off with a layer of small logs with the bark facing upwards.

Photo Lars Mytting

This stack was made by Ruben Knutsen, Hamar (a small lakeside town an hour’s drive north of Norway’s capital, Oslo).

Photo: Lars Mytting



Norwegian Wood – Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way
By Lars Mytting
Hachette, hard cover,192 pages

In bookstores, or order online here 


The secrets to stacking wood like a Norwegian

NZ Lifestyle Block This article first appeared in NZ Lifestyle Block Magazine.

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