The following guide will explain how to store firewood to keep it dry and free from pests, ensuring that you always have a steady supply of fuel for your fires. Wet or damp firewood is difficult to light and can produce a lot of smoke, which can be dangerous and unpleasant. Here are some tips to help you store your firewood correctly.
4 Tips on How to Store Firewood
Store Firewood in an Optimal Location
First, you’ll need to choose a suitable location for your firewood. If you’re storing your firewood outside, you should select a spot that’s far enough – generally at least 15 feet – from your home to minimize the risk of pests and to reduce the chances of your firewood catching fire. Ideally, you don’t want to place the firewood too much further than 20 feet or so or else it will feel cumbersome to access when you need it.
Stack Wood to Allow Air Circulation
Once you’ve selected a suitable location for your firewood storage, you’ll need to decide how you want to store your wood. It is important to arrange the wood in a way that allows for good air circulation. The most common method is to stack the wood in a large, open-top bin or firewood rack. Make sure that the bin or rack is large enough to provide good air circulation, as this will help to keep the wood dry.
Another approach is to stack the wood in a crisscross pattern, with each piece of wood placed at a slight angle to the one below it. This will create gaps between the pieces of wood that will allow air to flow freely.
If you don’t have the space for a large bin or rack, you can also store the firewood in a covered shed or lean-to. Make sure that the shed or lean-to has good ventilation, which will also help to keep the wood dry.
Cover the Firewood
You should also cover the firewood with a waterproof tarp or plastic sheet to protect it from the elements. Make sure that the tarp or plastic sheet is securely fastened to the bin or shed to help keep the wood dry and prevent pests from entering.
Check on the Wood Regularly
Finally, it is important to check your firewood regularly to make sure that it is staying dry. If you notice that the wood is starting to become damp, you can move it to a drier location or cover it more securely with a tarp.
With the right storage methods you can maintain your firewood correctly and safely and ensure it’s ready to use whenever you need it.