Here is a photo of one of my wood piles that I recently split.
Today, I raked up the bark and wood compost from the area in front of the pile, and moved it to one of the real compost piles.
There is another stack of stuff that didn’t want to split into pretty sticks, plus lots of bark, and it will go on top of the charcoal making barrel after it is really pyrolizing or thermally decomposing. Sometimes they bust up after they have been partially converted to charcoal.
My 55 gallon charcoal making drum is loaded and ready to go, as soon as the wind dies down a bit. It will be the 270th barrel. (I keep a log.) I have made liners for the barrel that fold over the edge of the barrel, and reach down on the inside to just above the air inlet holes, and about half way down the outside of the barrel. (Leaving room on the outside to shovel clay over those air inlets as soon as a red glow is seen.) If you are making charcoal using Gary Gilmore’s two barrel system, I recommend you try the liners. They reflect the heat back into the material being converted, and shorten the charcoal making process.