Firewood is a common need as we endure these cold months ahead. When you have the need for firewood, there is lots of information you should definitely know. Such as whether you burn unseasoned or seasoned firewood, where it should be kept, and safety measures while you burn it. Where there are a lot of basics to know, today, we at Milam’s Tree Service would like to list firewood storage tips.
How to Store Firewood
1) Where to Stack Firewood. Just as important as knowing how to stack the firewood is knowing where to stack it. Too many people simply want to stack and store their firewood next to the fireplace indoors. This method is particularly bad as while you bring your firewood inside, you will likely be bringing in some pests with you. Spiders, ants, termites, mice, or a list of other pests that was using your wood as harborage will now be infesting your home. Additionally, firewood cannot age properly inside without proper airflow. You want a dry and somewhat open area outside, approximately 20-feet from the nearest door to avoid letting the pests in. Should the wood be stacked next to a structure, do not store it directly next to it. Keep the wood stacked a couple inches away to allow proper airflow.
2) Pallet Firewood Rack Plans. The wood should be neatly stacked on log rack or pallets and posts in rows that do not exceed 4 feet high. Stack it bark-side down so the moisture can continue to easily evaporate from the wood in the event is isn’t fully seasoned yet. Once they have aged to naturally shield the wood from rain and snow, you can then stack them bark-side up. Simply place the pallet on the ground and hammer the posts or stakes in on each corner, if you using pallets and posts. Pile your wood on top of the pallets to keep it raised off the ground a bit and to keep the firewood pieces from rolling off the sides, ensure the posts are close enough together. For those using a rack, begin stacking your wood, ends facing front and back, until you’ve reached an even 4 feet in height all the way across; placing it how you want as you go. Never toss your wood in an organized heap in a random location. Proper ventilation is essential so the wood in the center can dry instead of rot, and the chaos will invite more pests.
3) Firewood Rack Cover. Invest in a firewood cover to protect your firewood from rain and snow. So, the wood can dry out properly, make certain to leave the front and back of the stack fully open until it’s aged. Full-size firewood covers are available for seasoned wood and can adequately protect your wood until you are ready to use it. An open barn or shed, or under an efficient overhang is another optimal place to stack your firewood. Do not enclose fresh wood until it has properly dried out. If you do not, the wood will not properly age and you can have an attractive place for pests. Finally, keep the area clean and open. Avoid leaving kindling and scraps around and be sure to prevent weeds, grasses, and other plant growth from growing under and around it. Ensure you keep your landscaping trimmed away from your firewood.
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Milam’s Tree Service offers firewood for delivery or pickup from our lot conveniently located at 2216 Hwy, 81 East, McDonough GA 30252. Call us today for your firewood order.