How can you be sure that you have enough firewood for the winter? Plan well in advance. Freshly cut and split logs are never recommended for burning because of their considerable moisture content; only seasoned firewood, which has an ideal moisture content of 15% to 20%, will provide you with an efficient fire that produces low emissions. According to the Wood Heat Organization, properly seasoned firewood has been "cut, split, and stacked…in the early spring and [left to] stand in the sun and wind all summer." Wood that is stacked in a single row, rather than stacked in back to back rows or thrown into a pile, allows for more air to circulate and more moisture to evaporate. Prepared in this fashion, firewood can be ready for burning in six months, but it never hurts to reserve the wood you cut and split this year for next year’s winter fires.
Properly storing your seasoned firewood is a matter of significant importance, and there are a number of ways this can be accomplished. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when deciding where and how to store your seasoned firewood.Composite Decking Products.
Convenience and Insect Deterrence
Seasoned firewood to be used during the upcoming winter should be easy to retrieve, but storing logs against an outside wall of your home is not the best approach. Firewood invites insects and other pests, and if logs are stored next to the house, pests can enter your home or cause damage to your home’s exterior. Some of the best, most convenient places to keep your seasoned firewood are next to a fence or next to the shed or other outdoor storage building. If you find proof that your firewood has become home to insects or other pests, do not give into the temptation to douse the firewood with pesticides because burning these logs will produce toxic vapors that can be harmful. Composite wood decking.
Protection From Moisture
In order for firewood to burn most efficiently, it should be kept dry while being stored outside. If you have extra space available inside your outdoor shed or storage building, then firewood can be kept dry there. Otherwise, a simple tarp can cover your firewood to prevent it from soaking up moisture from rain or snow. Tarps are low in cost and can be fastened down quickly and easily to prevent them from blowing away. If your stack of firewood is in a location on your property that cannot be seen by passersby, then choosing to cover the stack with a tarp will not damage your home’s "curb appeal."
Elevation and Air Circulation
If stored directly on the ground, firewood can absorb moisture and attract pests. Storing your firewood in a sturdy Firewood Rack will keep your logs elevated, promote air circulation, and deter pests and wood rot. A Firewood Rack can be made by hand from wood, but a rugged tubular steel-framed Firewood Rack is easy to assemble, will not rust or rot, and comes in several different sizes, so you should have no problem finding the most suitable one to fit the space in which you will store your firewood.Composite decking.
Properly storing your seasoned firewood will guarantee that you can easily access it when you need it most without also sending an invitation to pests to invade your home. Proper storage will also ensure that your firewood stays dry while at the same time promoting air circulation. By following these simple tips, you will be sure to enjoy long-burning, low emission fires throughout the winter season.