Firewood is a good alternative to other home heating methods. The storage of firewood is important to protect both your home and investment. You must have the appropriate space and equipment to access and care for your firewood.
1. Wood Shed
Choose your storage location wisely.
The key to keeping firewood seasoned and dry is to allow for air circulation. The most ideal place for firewood is an open ended wood shed that allows for stacking off of the ground.
Remember to choose a location that gives you easy access. On the coldest day of winter, how far will you have to go to get the firewood?
2. Fireplace Log Rack
It may be tempting to keep firewood inside of your home but be very careful. Inspect wood thoroughly for bugs before you bring it inside.
It is okay to have a small log rack near your fireplace to stack wood that you are currently using. But keeping large amounts of wood inside the house will leave you vulnerable to pests such as termites.
Basements can be used if there are no air connections to the living areas or ways for pests to be transferred from the basement to the living areas. The same with garages.
The absolute best place to store firewood is outside and away from the home.
3. Log Rack
Outside of your house or shed, stack the firewood off the ground. A homemade or store bought log rack should be kept a few inches off the ground. This will keep the wood dry and further protect it from insects. If you put the log racks on the ground (rather than on cement or a patio) it needs to be staked into the ground in order to stay stable. If the log rack begins to lean the whole pile can come falling down.
Log racks should be kept a good 30 feet from the house. Firewood attracts a lot of insects and it is best to keep these pests away from your home. If you don’t have the space to keep the wood far from the home, be sure not to stack the firewood against your home’s wall. Leaving some room will give the firewood better air circulation and give your house a bit of protection.
Tips & Warnings
Use old firewood first. If you have wood left from last winter take it out of your storage area and place the new firewood at the bottom of the pile.
When storing firewood inside of your house on a small log rack, you can treat that area of your floor with insecticides. Be careful if you have pets or children.
Log racks and covers can be purchased at retail stores and online. They are generally sold to hold a cord of firewood or 1/4 cord, 1/2 cord etc…
Do not add insecticide to your firewood. When you burn the firewood inside of your home the fumes can be harmful and dangerous.
In addition to pests, placing firewood against the side of your house will lead to the possibility of staining, rotting, or permanently damaging the siding or wall.
Before burning firewood be sure that your chimney or wood stove is clean and in working condition. Improperly cleaned chimneys can lead to house fires.
Read more: How to Store Firewood for the Winter