Storing firewood is something we get asked about all the time. Specifically, what are the best ways to store your firewood; both long-term (to dry it out) and for easy access when you need it.
Even the best, hardest woods will not keep if it stays wet; it will smoke and not burn as easily. It also can decay faster or get moldy if it stays wet.
The way to keep this from happening is to store it properly and allow the water to continue to evaporate from the firewood. To do this, air has to circulate around the wood. That means, it has to be stored and stacked properly.
Storing firewood properly helps seasoning
Wood that has been seasoned (dried, cured) will burn better and is more safe to use, since it will put off less smoke and creosote than wet wood.
There are a few best practices for storing firewood that you should know. We’ll discuss those in this article.
Where should you store firewood?
If your wood is green (wet or uncured), store the wood outside in a sunny spot, uncovered. That may sound counterintuitive, but many long-time wood aficionados say that having it exposed to the elements (off the ground) will actually help the curing process.
If your wood is cured already (dry), it is best to keep it covered. Specifically, under some kind of roof, such as a shed. You also can store it under the eaves of your house; just make sure it is on the side of the house that has the most daily sunshines.
If you don’t have a covered storage area available, you can stack the wood and cover it with a tarp. Using a tarp of some kind, place it on top of your stacked wood, but just covering the top of the stack and a few inches down on each side. This allows air to circulate around the wood so it will keep drying, while keeping out the majority of rainwater. (Any water that gets in will evaporate.)
Again, choose a spot with the most sunshine if you are able.
Outdoor firewood storage
Here are a few tips on firewood storage outside to help you get your wood seasoned well and have great fires in the Winter.
Don’t store it on the ground
When firewood touches the ground, it absorbs moisture from the soil. This soil also can encourage the growth of fungus or creatures that will speed up the process of decay. If you do not have a way to keep it off the ground, at minimum you should stack the wood on a tarp or plastic to make it so the wood does not touch the soil.
We’ve already mentioned that stacking firewood provides good air circulation and gets it off the ground. We’ll do a detailed article about stacking firewood soon. Just make sure you don’t stack it against a wall or other structure. At least not if you are wanting to dry it out; it reduces air flow. You also can purchase one of the available firewood storage containers or a firewood rack with cover.
Firewood storage video
A word of caution
It is not recommended to store your firewood in a garage or other parts of your home where you wouldn’t want to have insects. This includes an indoor firewood storage box. Mainly, due to insects and having enough air flow.
If you are in need of high quality firewood in Wears Valley, Pigeon Forge, Townsend and Gatlinburg, stop by and see us. Or, give us at (865) 654-6822 to schedule a firewood delivery.