Lots of people are using the natural power of wood to heat their homes or other spaces, but there are some key things to know about firewood storage when you’re laying up cord wood for the winter. Some might tend to think that it’s as simple as stowing wood away anywhere, but experienced wood-heaters know that providing a specific dry and safe space for your firewood can make a lot of difference.
1. Optimal Size of Cord Wood
Experts recommend keeping wood length to about 8 to 12 inches in length, with not much more than an 8 inch diameter. Many of those who are stacking large amounts of wood store their firewood in triangular pieces for easy stacking.
2. Seasoning Wood
Another big tip for wood storing beginners is to allow for a 'seasoning' process for firewood. Seasoning way can help it burn better and cleaner when it is eventually used. Seasoning would often takes two months or more, which is why some recommend splitting and cutting the wood in the spring, then storing it through the summer and early fall for eventual use in the harvest season.
A very important piece of a firewood storage plan is to keep the cut wood in a ventilated area. Keeping would next to the ground can allow it to rot, and good ventilation will keep fungus and mold from overcoming wood and other stored materials. It’s also a good idea to keep wood off the ground in order to prevent animals from trying to make a nest in your woodpile.
4. Storage Safety
Fire experts urge homeowners and others who are using wood heating to store firewood at least 20 to 25 feet away from any buildings. This minimizes fire risk if the wood pile should somehow catch flame, where keeping wood installations close to your home can result in tragic out-of-control fires that can burn any sized property to the ground.
5. Sturdy Storage Ideas for Firewood
Although some people like to stack wood between two trees, it’s worth pointing out that in some cases, this can cause trees to bend or grow incorrectly. Another option is to use a steel firewood rack to keep firewood elevated, air out, and exposed to the drying power of the sun.
6. Think About Practical Use
Having a whole lot of cord wood will save you money when you have to keep an indoor space heated with a wood fire throughout the winter, but when it comes to storing up a convenient wood supply, don’t forget the kindling. Those who need to start wood fires themselves will need a good supply of smaller stuff that is also dry and usable when there’s a foot of snow on the ground. Many rely on scrap wood from nearby shops or small twigs carefully stored away for winter.