Are you depending on a fire to warm your bones this season? For first timers this can be a daunting (and cold) task. Keeping wood dry and plentiful takes attention to detail and sometimes an investment in a storage space. Make sure you are prepared for your first winter by following these wood storage tips.
Stacking Wood Outside
For those who have never experienced a snowy climate the mere act of stacking wood can be foreign. While it seems like wood could be piled anywhere outdoors, there are certain considerations to be made before you start piling the newly ordered lumber.
“If it has to be stored outside, put rails of some kind down on the ground, boards or branches that will give 2-3 inches of clearance. That will keep the bottom row from settling into the dirt”, says Patrick Lee of Jefferson Leadership.
Keep in mind, however, that raising the wood off the ground creates a safe haven for critters you may not want around the house. If this opening is created make sure you put a proper amount of space between you and the woodpile.
Dry Indoor Storage
Ideally, wood will be stored in an enclosed space. The elements can do a lot of harm to your wood, create a chilling barrier between you and your stockpile, and make for an unpleasant home for unwanted creatures.
“If you can afford it, you cannot beat the proverbial wood shed. If you cannot afford a shed, use heavy gauge plastic sheeting to keep the wood dry. The drier you can keep your firewood the more years it can sit without rotting. Also, the more dry the wood, the easier it is to start burning and the cleaner it will burn,” says Pablo Solomon, an artist and designer.
There are a few options when it comes to storing wood in an indoor environment:
- Wood Shed – This is possibly the best option, but also the most expensive. This should be implemented if there is a serious need for a lot of wood, but no excess space on your property to store it.
- Garage – Lining wood up along the wall of a garage is great way to keep the wood dry and avoid the expense of a shed. Just be careful and monitor the insects and mold that might be drawn towards your home.
- Box – If your need for wood is minimal, but you would like to feed your fireplace throughout the winter, a box designated for wood that you keep on your patio can be just what you need.
If you’re new to the need for firewood, make sure that you aren’t wasting your money on lumber by destroying it in the storage process.