After placing your firewood order with Woodchuck Delivery, you might wonder “Where am I going to put all of that wood?”. Yes, a cord of firewood is a ton of wood to just have lying around. Additionally there are also proper methods to storing your firewood to make sure you get the most out of it. Storage methods range from the very simple to the extremely creative. But first here are some simple tips to follow when storing your firewood.
Proper Firewood Storage
It’s begin with one of the most basic pieces of firewood storage protocol: try not to store your firewood directly on the ground, especially on dirt. Firewood that comes in contact with dirt is highly exposed to moisture as well as insects and other debris. All of these can lead to faster decay of your wood. Therefore, if possible, try and store your wood either on a consistently dry surface, such on concrete, or on a tarp. However, it is still best that you elevate your firewood off of the ground. This will prevent the lower row of firewood from rotting over time.
What about stacking? You wouldn’t believe it but there is a science, even an art, to stacking your firewood.One could choose to just leave their firewood in a big pile in the backyard, but that’s messy and does no good for maintaining the quality of you firewood throughout the season. You want to stack the wood loosely enough so that air can easily move through the cracks. It’s also good to stack with irregularity rather than complete uniformity to create cross stack channels to encourage air to pass through. When you order with Woodchuck Delivery, the heavy lifting and stacking is included in the purchase price of the wood. We do the hard work so you don’t have to.
Should you cover your wood with a tarp? The answer to this question is yes and no. When you are stacking wet, green wood outdoors, it’s usually best not to completely cover it with a tarp as this can trap condensation and moisture, and does not allow the wood to dry properly. It also promotes the growth of bacteria and fungi in the stack. On the other hand, if you are storing seasoned, dry wood, you do want to cover this wood with a tarp if there is a chance that it is going to rain. No one wants wet firewood. Ideally, though, you want to store your wood in a covered area, so that a tarp is simply not necessary, but the wood is easily able to remain dry.
Where to Store Your Wood
There are practically an unlimited amount of ways you can choose to store your firewood. One of the most practical methods is purchasing a wood rack. The simplest rack will consist of a firm and sturdy bottom support system, and four beams for which to stack the wood between. If you are looking for something quick and cheap, go to your local home supply store and purchase a few 2×4 to create this easy DIY firewood rack. You can also choose to elevate your firewood rack using cinder blocks, just to keep your wood even higher off of the ground.
If you are looking for something a little bit more on the artistic side, there are plenty of beautiful options for firewood racks available for purchase. Your rack can even act as a beautiful statement piece in your backyard or home if you wish. One can choose to be extremely creative when storing firewood, even integrating their storage solution into their interior decor. If racks are not your thing, you could look into building a shed to store your firewood as well. There are so many different designs to choose from, ranging from rustic to modern.No matter what your tastes are, you will be able to find a firewood storage solution perfectly suited to your needs.
Not sure where to purchase a rack? Woodchuck Delivery offers a number of popular Woodhaven Firewood Racks on our website. We ship the racks directly to your home, and also offer free assembly with the delivery of your firewood. Check out our wood racks here.
The Woodchuck Team