How to store firewood?

You have a fireplace or a wood stove in your home and you have stocked logs to heat your place in winter. Here are some useful techniques to properly store your firewood in a dry place, under a shelter or in your garden.

How to protect firewood:

  • If you have no garden shed, garage, basement or hangar, choose a location outside that is protected from the wind, sunny and convenient (against a gable or a wall of the house for example).
  • Don't store the logs directly on the ground. You can raise them with a pallet or you can lay a concrete slab to keep the humidity from being absorbed by the logs.
  • If you use a tarp to cover the firewood, leave a few gaps at the ends of the stack for ventilation and to prevent the humidity from being trapped under the tarp. The wood could rot and fungi could grow on its surface. Also, make sure that the upper part of the stack is placed on a slight slope, so the water won't stagnate on the tarp. Lay weights (breeze blocks, rocks) to keep the tarp in place or tie it with a rope.
  • For a better firewood storage outdoors, the ideal is to buy or to build a firewood storage shed to protect the logs from humidity while providing an adequate ventilation.

How to pile the logs:

  • To maximize the space occupied inside the shelter, install vertical supports like wooden battens, plywood boards or metal brackets to be able to pile the logs on the entire height of the walls.
  • You can get extensible storage systems in garden or DIY shops to store the logs indoors as well as outdoors.
  • To build a steady stack of wood, pile the logs on several rows, alternating between a row of side-by-side logs and a row of logs positioned perpendicular.

Something to know about:

  • The heat capacity of the wood is at its best when the logs are stored at room temperature. Think about keeping a few logs inside before using them.
  • In addition to prevent risks from accidental fire and smoke intoxication, a regular chimney sweeping will improve the combustion efficiency and reduce the wood consumption: the layer of soot has insulating properties that slows down the diffusion of heat along the duct.
  • Be careful because some house insurances require a certificate for the fire cover.

How to Properly Store Firewood

This video will show you how to store your firewood outside, with a tarp to protect it from the rain without preventing the air to move in and out of the pile. The tarp is kept in place with bricks and ropes.

This article to learn how to store firewood was written by Cécile Lessard

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