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Winter is around the corner. If you have a wood-burning fireplace or heating stove, you'll need firewood. It is important to look for and store firewood early on to avoid delays or shortages when you need them the most. Here are the top tips for storing firewood.
1. Dry Your Wood
You want to ensure your pile of firewood is dry before storing it. According to Fireplace Universe, you should burn firewood with a moisture content no higher than 20 percent. If your woodpile isn't dry, conduct seasoning to remove moisture. Dry firewood burns hotter and can be stored for extended periods.
2. Properly Stack Your Firewood
Avoid stacking your firewood directly on the ground. Firewood can pick up moisture and grow mold or mildew if they get into contact with the ground. Putting firewood directly on soil can also lead to infestation by insects. Stack your firewood on wooden beams or pallets and leave spaces in between them to promote air circulation.
3. Cover Your Firewood
The next thing to do after stacking your woodpile is to cover it. Covering your firewood prevents them from reabsorbing moisture. Put your wood in an enclosed area. If you don't have an enclosed area to store your firewood, use a weather resistance material to cover them.
4. Store Firewood Away from Your House
You may be tempted to store firewood inside your house or create a storage unit near your house for easy access. Don't do this! Firewood can invite insects like termites, spiders, ants, and other bugs into your house. Store firewood as far away as possible from your house. Collect smaller stacks of wood only when you want to use them.
5. Store Your Firewood Away from Walkaways and Playgrounds
You may not have enough storage for your firewood, especially if you have a small compound. Either way, ensure you don't store your firewood near your home's walkaways or your children's playground. This will keep you and your family safe from injuries in case your woodpile topples over. Storing them away in these areas will also protect you and your family from animals that live on woodpiles like snakes and rodents.
Cutting or purchasing firewood during warm seasons will save you a lot of money and time during cold seasons when firewood is scarce and in high demand. Use the tips provided here to safely store your firewood and increase its longevity.