When storing firewood it's important to choose the correct storage method to protect your hard work and investment.
You've spent all day, week, or even month cutting your firewood for the season. The last thing you want to do is throw it into a big pile and expect it to be ready for winter.
Lets face it, mother nature can be tough. Wood in particular is very susceptible to the elements like rain and snow.
Improperly stored wood could lead to wet, unseasoned wood that's prone to decay. Plus, a big ole pile of wood looks pretty appealing to all sorts of animals and bugs who are looking for a place to hide......not exactly what you want.
If you encounter unwanted animals or pests living in your woodpile you can learn how to remove them by visiting this site:Trap Anything - Trapping Furbearers Or Nuisance Animals
Firewood that comes into contact with the ground is exposed to moisture and insects which increases the rate of decay. Over time this wood will become nearly useless.
Moisture also increases the odds of mold growing on your firewood. Read here to learn about burning moldy firewood.
Before storing firewood you should first understand how to stack firewood. Properly stacked firewood will last a lot longer than a pile in the middle of your yard. Click here to learn how to stack firewood.
When storing your firewood you must think into the future. You want an area that's not intrusive to your yard but close to your house or wood furnace.
Carrying firewood everyday to your house or wood furnace is time consuming and labor intensive. Since most firewood logs are heavy and bulky, several trips usually have to be made. Do yourself a favor and store your firewood in the closest practical location to your heating device. You will thank yourself for it later.
One option is to build a homemade outdoor firewood storage rack. I built a homemade firewood storage rack out of some treated 2x4's I had left over from another project. Click on the link to see the firewood rack plans.
Need more ideas? Firewood rack brackets can also be used to build an adjustable firewood rack. They make building a strong, stable firewood rack quick and easy.
The following links describe practical options to store your firewood and keep it dry. Click on one to learn more about the device and see if it works for you.
Properly seasoned firewood burns better and is safer due to the low moisture content. Click here to learn how to season firewood.