Top 4 Steps To Storing Wood Outside


One of the best heat sources someone can have in their home while spending very little money is burning wood.

Firewood can be cheap and easy to get, but the last thing you want to do is store your firewood, which can cause problems for you.

So, how do you store firewood outside? Make sure you find a good place to store it, make sure the wood has dried, stack the wood properly, and cover with a tarp or roof.

Read on to find out how to stack your wood properly and why storing the wood inside is a bad idea.

The best place to stack your firewood

There are two ideas that are going to be really tempting for places to store your wood.

The first being inside your house and the second is being right next to your house.

Both of these ideas can seem convenient, but can be a big problem.

Firewood typically spends most of its time is outside and could have spiders, ants, termites, or any other critters you would find outside.

And if you bring the wood inside to store long term, you might have those critters inside your home as well.

According to LogSplittersDirect.com:

Unless you want spiders, mice, ants, termites, or a number of other pests crawling around your home, keep the wood outside. Besides, it’s less likely to age well in the house where there’s less airflow to dry it.

Proper Firewood Storage Tips – The Best Way to Store Your Firewood Until You Need It (logsplittersdirect.com)

So, find a place away from the house, at least 20 feet away, to store the wood.

Also, find a place that is going to get a good air flow.

You are going to want to keep the wood dry, so you can use it at a moments notice.

A breezy place will help to keep the firewood dry.

If you have an outdoor shed, that could be a good place to store the wood as well.

But you will want to make sure the wood is dry before you store it in the shed.

Wood can take up to 6 months to properly dry.

Once it is dry, you should be fine to store it inside the shed.

But be watchful for ants or termites if you are storing the wood in a shed.

Lastly, stacking your wood next to another structure like a shed is a good option.

Just make sure you leave a little bit of space between the shed and the wood, so again you can keep the airflow to keep the wood dry.

Make sure your wood is completely dry

You can also place your stack in an open barn or shed, or under an overhang. Just be sure not to stack fresh wood in a closed-off barn or shed that doesn’t get optimal air flow. Doing so will lead to bad aging and a possible nesting place for pests.

Proper Firewood Storage Tips – The Best Way to Store Your Firewood Until You Need It (logsplittersdirect.com)

The best wood to burn is dry wood.

Wood that has moisture in it will still burn, but will be harder to set on fire and will give you more smoke than dry wood.

So it is important that when you start to stack your wood in the place you have decided to keep that it is pretty dry.

Otherwise, it will never get dry in your stack.

To keep your wood dry, it is important on how you stack your wood.

How to stack the wood

Firewood should be stacked in an orderly fashion.

Make sure to stack them in rows no more than 4 feet high.

If you have anything higher than that, the wood will not have the proper ventilation to stay dry or continue to dry.

And make sure that the wood is not just thrown one on top of the other.

Make the rows neat and organized.

Having a little bit of organization to the wood will again allow them to ventilate as needed.

It will also help keep the wood from rotting out.

Once the wood starts rotting, it will no longer be good for getting a good burn and you begin to attract critters to your pile.

Another tip is to make sure that the wood you are stacking does not directly touch the ground.

The ground has moisture that you will not want to get onto the wood.

One option to avoid this is by making a two-by-four floor for your wood.

Purchase some two-by-fours and lay them on the ground every 15 inches until you have covered the depth of what your wood pile is going to be.

Then, begin stacking the firewood on top of the two-by-fours.

The two-by-fours will give the wood pile just enough space from the ground so that the moisture does not get into the wood.

You will also want to consider what you will use as a “book end” for your wood pile.

T-posts are a good option to keep your wood in a nice and neat pile.

Use two T-posts at each end of the pile to keep the wood in place.

You can also stack the wood between two trees, as long as they are at least 20 feet from your home.

Cover the wood

There are quite a few options for covering your wood.

Using a tarp is a pretty standard option.

You can find some pretty heavy duty tarps for wood piles on Amazon.

Once you have the tarp, use something to hold down the tarp on top of the wood pile.

You could use some pieces of wood on top of the tarp or large rocks to hold the tarp down.

Or use some rope to tie the tarp down to the ground or up against the wood.

Again, make sure the wood is dry before you put a cover over it.

Wood needs time to dry, so if you just acquired the wood, give it some time before you attempt to cover it.

Wet wood will not be any good for you.

Let it dry.

WikiHow.com says:

Do not put a tarp over firewood before it’s dry. Wet firewood needs to dry out before it can be stored safely. Wet wood needs to be exposed to open air to dry out. If you’ve just collected firewood, refrain from putting a tarp over it.

If it’s going to rain, it’s appropriate to cover wet firewood with a tarp. Just make sure to leave the sides of firewood pile uncovered.

How to Store Firewood: 10 Steps (with Pictures) – wikiHow

So give your wood some time to dry before you try to cover it up.

When you know it is going to rain, make sure to cover it with a tarp as well.

Summary

Firewood is a good source of heat for your home if you have a fireplace.

We have known a family or two that uses firewood as their own only source of heat for their home during their winter.

Make sure to plan out the best place for your firewood, at least 20 feet away from your home.

Completely dry the wood before you dry to stack it and cover it.

Cover it with a tarp when it is dry and make sure it is covered during times of rain or heavy weather.

And always make sure there is space for your firewood to breath while it is piled up, so it can continue to dry.

Bill Lantz

Bill Lantz is a database analyst by day and a weekend warrior by... weekend. He's currently building up his own miniature homestead in Central Utah with his wife and six kids. Some of his interests include knowing random trivia about films, reading history books, and playing video games with the boys.

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