There is nothing that quite catches the romantic aura of sitting by a crackling fire in winter or fall. To get to this Instagram-worthy moment, you need to get well seasoned firewood that will catch fire quickly and burn properly. The trouble is, you need to store that firewood somewhere and many people don’t know how to store their firewood.
Some Rules of Thumb
When you store firewood, you need to make sure that it is always elevated, preferably on a firewood rack where each log has room to breathe. So even though you should cover your firewood to prevent water going on it; you should always keep the firewood ventilated.
You should also keep the firewood outside the house so that you don’t invite pests into your home. However, don’t keep it too far because you want it to be easily accessible.
Why You Need a Firewood Rack
When storing firewood, you should keep it on a firewood rack; and not just any ordinary rack. Firewood racks will keep your firewood well ventilated, while protecting them from pests and moisture.
Ordinary racks as well as shelves may be able to store firewood, but they are not able to provide the ventilated waterproof polyester covers that come with firewood racks. These covers can be adjusted to suit whatever height of firewood you have.
Firewood racks are designed to create a distance between your firewood and the ground, to further ensure ventilation as well as protection from water. This is not something you will get with ordinary racks. This Is impôrtant because it will keep your firewood dry so that it burns quickly and evenly. It also protects the firewood from pests.
The Right Place to Store Firewood
You should keep firewood racks at least three feet from your house. Never keep firewood in your home. Experts recommend keeping firewood five feet from your home. If you store your firewood close to your home, you will be inviting pests into your home. This is true even when you have firewood delivered: keep the firewood three to five feet from your home. You should also keep firewood away from trees, because pests can travel from trees to firewood stacks.
Following this ensures that your firewood receives the proper ventilation and protection from water that it needs.
You’re probably thinking that it may be safe to keep your firewood in your garage or basement or even in the attic. That’s a bad idea. Firewood needs to breathe and in the absence of ventilation, it will attract rodents and insects. Always keep firewood indoors until it’s time to make a fire. After you have finished with the fire, you should of course take the remaining firewood out of the house.
Invest in a Seasoning Bed
If you want to have firewood ready at all times, you need to invest in a seasoning bed. A seasoning bed will season your firewood, so that it is read to burn. It is a ,uch more effective method than open-air drying. Like firewood racks, seasoning beds are kept away from your home and moisture, and designed to ensure that your firewood is always ventilated. Your firewood will be protected from pests and mould as you prepare your firewood.