Tips on storing firewood
Proper firewood storage is essential for everyone who uses a fireplace as the primary source of heating for their house. Firewood that has not been stored correctly will be very resistant to catching light, and will ultimately not give off the optimum amount of heat.
Wood to be used as firewood must be stacked properly with plenty of air circulation to allow for water to evaporate, leaving the wood dry and easy to burn. There are many different methods used to store wood, including firewood storage racks, wood storage sheds and wood storage cabinets. Depending on your particular needs and the layout of your house, any of these storage methods may be best for you.
Firewood Storage Racks
Firewood storage racks are often the simplest and cheapest way of storing wood because they can be easily constructed at home. Affordable and homemade firewood racks are made out of wood that has been nailed or screwed together to form a U-shaped frame. Firewood can then be stacked in this wooden frame and easily accessed. Wood storage racks should be covered with a tarp or kept inside in the basement or garage to prevent the wood from getting wet.
Firewood Storage Sheds
Using a wood storage shed is a more expensive route for storing wood, but can be the best method for those that need to store many cords of wood. Most firewood storage sheds cannot be easily built and should be purchased online or at home and outdoor retail stores. Storage sheds can be kept in the backyard because they are very large; the benefit of a shed is that it can be used not only for wood storage, but also to store gardening and construction tools.
Firewood Storage Cabinets
Wood storage cabinets are another option for those needing to store smaller amounts of firewood. Storage cabinets are especially beneficial in conjunction with storage racks kept outside; prior to use, several logs of wood can be moved from a storage rack to a cabinet inside so that they can dry out and burn easily.
Written by E.A. Anne