There is no doubt that winter is here. It has been bitterly cold the past few weeks and does not look like it will be warming up any time soon. Luckily, you all have lots of indoor work that is needing done this winter and I am so grateful for all of it. One thing that I am starting to notice as I drive from job to job is just how many people have firewood right up next to their homes here in the Grand Valley. I totally understand wanting to do this for convenience. It is so nice to just open the back door and grab some wood. However, it is not a good thing to do. By doing so you are inviting termites and other nasty bugs into your walls that will later cause damage to your home, and don’t even get me started on the influx of rodents that you could have living in that woodpile. Because of these reasons, I thought that I would share with you all a few of my Firewood Storage Tips!
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1. Choose a dry area on your property to store your firewood. Some place that will get some good airflow, especially if you are using fresh cut wood that will need to be seasoned. If you are planning on stacking it up next to a building then we recommend you stack it at least 20 inches away so that you can keep the pests away from the walls of the structure.
2. Elevate! It is always best to keep your wood pile off the ground. This will help to keep away excess moisture that you don’t want in your dried wood. Moisture will lead to decay and no one wants to burn moldy, decaying wood.
3. Stack your pile neatly. A pile that is just thrown haphazardly will not get enough air flow and is sure to have an over abundance of vermin. Stacking properly will help to keep the airflow going nicely and will decrease the amount of insects and rodents you have lurking in your pile. We recommend staking in rows no higher then 4 feet tall and stack your wood loosely to help with airflow. If your wood is fresh and or wet then you will want to stack it bark side down to help the moisture evaporate.
However, if it is dry and already seasoned then you may want to stack it bark side up so that it can help prevent moisture from entering the wood with each snowstorm or rain shower. Also you will want to make sure that the cut ends are facing out to help the airflow dry out and season your wood more evenly.
4. Cover the top of your firewood. Just make sure to cover the top and not the sides so that your wood will still have proper airflow. If you don’t have a seasoning shed or a roof over your firewood then I recommend you tarp it up. You defiantly don’t want snow lingering on top of that firewood pile making everything all wet. Wet wood will create a smoke that will cake up your flu pipes and your chimney. Which is not something you will want to deal with later.
5. Don’t leave large amounts of stock up in your home. Remember me telling you about the bad bugs and pests that live in your wood pile? By keeping those cut logs in your home you are just bringing in those termites, spiders and mice right through your front door!
6. Keep your wood pile cleaned up all year. Keeping those pesky weeds at bay and away from your woodpile will help you keep excess moister out by allowing proper air flow as well as keep your piles looking nice all year long.
That’s all the Firewood Storage Tips we have for you today! We hope you have a wonderful and warm winter!
Just remember that properly stored wood will burn longer and hotter then wood that is stored improperly. This will save you on trips to that wood pile each day!
Enjoy reading these Firewood Storage Tips? Don’t forget to also check out our Fireplace Tips!