How to Store Firewood?

It’s that time of year again, where the leaves are falling and it’s time to get ready for winter. One of the most important things you can do is make sure you have a good supply of firewood on hand. Firewood is a renewable resource, but only if you store it properly! In this guide we will discuss how to store your firewood in an efficient way with less space taken up around your home with piles of wood.

This article talks about different types of wood and how they should be stored so that they are easy to use when needed again. It also goes over things like why stacking is not a good idea or how using metal containers can protect your wood from moisture damage.firewood

What is Firewood and how to store it?

  • Firewood is the material that’s used to create fire for heating, cooking or recreation. It can be made of different types of wood and may vary in terms of moisture content.
  • Firewood is composed of two components: cellulose and lignin. Cellulose (40% to 50%) burns the hottest, while the rest (50% to 60%) burns longer but not as hot.
  • Dry wood is one of the best ways to create a fire that produces long-lasting heat.

How to Store Firewood?

Firstly, you need to keep in mind these important tips: Storing firewood near buildings can be dangerous so it is better not place any structure or dry grass nearby.

Make sure the area around your home where you are planning on storing your firewood has all combustible material removed, i.e., leaves and twigs etc. Keep children away from the location as well because they might play with logs having sharp edges which can cause injury if handled carelessly.

Try stacking your logs off the ground; use pallets for this purpose or even bricks/stones (avoid using them in case you have wooden flooring).

Never store logs on soil, especially clay or sand-soil types. These two materials retain moisture and can lead to the rotting of wood. Remember that firewood should be kept dry at all times!

It is better if your stacks are facing North/South direction because it will help with air circulation around the stack meaning they’ll stay drier for longer (you may also consider rotating stacked piles every year where possible).

Don’t forget about these important tips while storing your firewood:

  • ensure there’s enough space between each piece;
  • avoid placing any combustible material nearby;
  • keep children away from the location as well;
  • try stacking off the ground;
  • never store logs on soil; and;
  • make sure the location where you’re planning to put your firewood has all combustible material removed.firewood

If you follow these tips then it won’t be difficult for you to maintain dryness of your wood which is very important in order to create efficient burning fires that will last long. Follow this guide and enjoy a warm home throughout winter!

Types of Wood Storage Units

If you are looking for the best wood storage units, then there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. First of all, it is important to remember that not every type of firewood storage unit will be right for your needs since some types work better than others depending on where you plan on storing them and how much space they may take up. To help ensure that you get exactly what kind of firewood storage unit is best suited for your specific requirements, let’s discuss three different options so you can choose accordingly!

There are three types of wood storage units that you can choose from, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. First off, there’s the shed type variety which is convenient for those who have a lot of space to spare. However, if your yard doesn’t offer much room then this may not be ideal as they take up more than just a small amount of space. Next we have the free standing firewood rack type unit which has multiple tiers to store several logs at once but might need some extra support depending on how heavy your wood gets during wintertime! Finally we have the stacking kind which requires less room and stores smaller amounts of wood but might not be as sturdy.

Every type of firewood storage unit has its own benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to think about what you would prefer before making a decision!

How to Stack the Wood?

When stacking wood, it’s important to place the logs so that air can circulate between them. This helps promote drying and prevents mold growth. Air circulation also reduces insect infestation by helping keep your firewood dry and pest free. Follow these simple guidelines for how to stack your firewood:

  • Stack in a single row with no space between each logfirewood
  • Lay rows of stacked firewood one on top another, creating what looks like a bonfire (logs should be staggered)
  • If you have an area where snow accumulates during the winter months, lay down some plastic sheeting before adding your layers of stacked wood, this will prevent water from seeping into the bottom layer if there’s a heavy snowfall.

Wood Rack

A good place to store wood is a firewood rack. Wood racks can be made from many materials, such as metal or plastic. A popular choice among homeowners and gardeners is the cement firewood container because of its durability and cost-effectiveness. You should make sure that you have enough space for your wood before buying one though!

  • Metal racks are more expensive than other types, but they will last you for a long time. They can be found at hardware stores and garden centers.

Cement firewood container: A cement firewood container is the most popular choice among homeowners and gardeners because of its durability and cost effectiveness. It should be made from high quality materials that keep moisture away from your wood to prevent mold growth or rot as well as prolonging the life of your fuel source! You should make sure that you have enough space before buying one though!

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Wood Shelter

A wood shelter is a great way to protect your firewood from the elements. It will also provide you with an area where dry, cured fuel may be stored in weatherproof conditions. You can build it yourself or buy one online, however they are not cheap! Make sure that you have enough room for your shelter before buying one though!

  • A good material for building a wooden shed would be cedar because of its resistance against moisture and insects . Cedar sheds last longer than most other materials do when exposed to outdoor weathering . The cost will vary depending on how large you want it but expect between $700-$1500 dollars which might be cheaper if bought online rather than built locally by professionals!

How to Stack Logs on top of Eeach other Vertically (Log Cabin Style)

This method is based on stacking firewood logs in the same direction. It’s a solid way to store your wood outdoors, but it takes up more space than other methods.

Step # 1

  • Lay two 16-foot logs down side by side, parallel to each other.
  • Make sure the ends are flush with no gaps between them.

Step # 2

  • Place another set of logs perpendicularly across both logs you just laid out (see picture). This is where your firewood log cabin will start taking shape! Continue stacking perpendicular pieces of wood on top of those first two until you have a square that measures four feet long and high. Be careful not to let any cracks open up as you stack them or it could lead to bugs getting into your pile. If this does happen, don’t worry – we’ll cover how to keep pests away from your firewood.firewood

Step # 3

  • Use a sturdy log (think about the size of your thigh) and place it across the top to make sure everything is nice and secure.

Step # 4

  • Repeat steps one through three until you reach your desired height for your firewood pile, or until all of your logs are used up! It’s ok if some gaps open up as you go – just try to keep them to a minimum so insects won’t be able to easily get in there. Stacking the wood vertically means that air can circulate more freely around each piece, which makes splitting easier down the road when you want t split those pieces into kindling once they dry out completely. This style also allows moisture from rainsnowfall to drain away from your woodpile, which helps the firewood dry out faster.

Step # 5

  • You can also place a tarp or protective covering over top of your vertical stack to help protect it from harsh weather and direct sunlight so you don’t have to check on it as often – just be sure not to cover up any air vents. Whatever you do, keep an eye on that moisture level! If all those gaps are letting in too much water, consider finding another way to store your logs instead of stacking them vertically next time around.

This method is the most common type of outdoor log storage for firewood because it allows quick access when splitting kindling off for fires later during autumn and wintertime.

Storing Wood Under Cover or in the Open Air?

Outdoor firewood storage has several benefits. However, it is not always the most practical option for homeowners with limited space. Outdoor wood storage can be done in a couple of different ways: under cover or in the open air.

  • There are disadvantages to each method; however, both will keep your fuel dry and ready for use when you need it next.
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How much time does it take to store Firewood?

Where should I keep the firewood for winter? How do you stack Firewood logs in a shed or garage? The best way is to pile them against a wall. You want good airflow around all sides of your firewood, so make sure there is no space between the pieces and that they are stacked “tipi” style with lots of air gaps. This doesn’t mean just throwing your wood up on the floor – again, you need good airflow – but this also means not stacking it too high where heat cannot get through from underneath. A single layer two feet deep will allow enough air circulation if well-stacked as described.

How do you stack Firewood logs in a shed or garage?

The best way is to pile them against a wall. You want good airflow around all sides of your firewood, so make sure there is no space between the pieces and that they are stacked “tipi” style with lots of air gaps. This doesn’t mean just throwing your wood up on the floor – again, you need good airflow – but this also means not stacking it too high where heat cannot get through from underneath. A single layer two feet deep will allow enough air circulation if well-stacked as described.

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What is the best way to store Firewood for winter?

he best way is to pile them against a wall. You want good airflow around all sides of your firewood, so make sure there is no space between the pieces and that they are stacked “tipi” style with lots of air gaps. This doesn’t mean just throwing your wood up on the floor – again, you need good airflow – but this also means not stacking it too high where heat cannot get through from underneath. A single layer two feet deep will allow enough air circulation if well-stacked as described.

The best way is to pile them against a wall. You want good airflow around all sides of your firewood, so make sure there is no space between the pieces and that they are stacked “tipi” style with lots of air gaps. This doesn’t mean just throwing your wood up on the floor – again, you need good airflow – but this also means not stacking it too high where heat cannot get through from underneath. A single layer two feet deep will allow enough air circulation if well-stacked as described.

Where should you place your Wood Pile?

It is important to consider the level of moisture in your firewood. It should be stored under cover, but also protected from waterlogging and rot which typically occurs if it’s too close to a source of running or standing water such as a downpipe for example. The best place will depend on how much rain you experience where you live and whether this will cause problems with dampness. If there are no trees nearby then an open area well away from buildings could work very well, however if your woodpile’s going to get soaked through by rainfall then lean it up against something like corrugated iron fence posts that can support it perfectly adequately.

Is it Better to Split your Logs or leave them Whole?

Remember, the drier your firewood is, the quicker it will ignite and burn. If you think of a log as a tight bundle of straws clumped together in one piece, splitting them will make each individual “straw” smaller which means they dry out faster from weather exposure. While leaving logs whole may seem easier to do at first glance because there’s less work involved (no chopping or splitting), but these dried up pieces are much more difficult to light on fire! So if possible always split wood for better drying results. It saves time later when you need an ember quickly! Another benefit? Splitting reduces weight by half so it makes carrying it around/transportation far easier than before.

Many people, including myself used to think that splitting wood was a waste of time and energy because it wasn’t necessary… until you had to split them yourself. Trust me on this one! I once tried using an axe on logs without any prior experience or training whatsoever (I never grew up learning how) and ended up with multiple cuts all over my hands from the splinters flying everywhere after striking the log surface several times in frustration. Not only did it take forever but bloodies stings lingered for days afterwards! Splitting firewood is hard work so if possible try seeking out professional help instead before working your way toward wielding an axe like a pro oneself later down the road when you have more practice/training.firewood

Keep Your Firewood Seasoned and the Air around it Dry: Once you’ve split your logs of wood, ensure that they have enough time to dry out from exposure by keeping them in a well-ventilated space with good airflow between each piece so they can properly season through evaporation. This is also why splitting makes sense because when firewood dries up faster during this process it helps keep bugs & insects away too! In my experience, I’ve had more luck using cedar for firewood but others claim hardwoods such as oak work just fine too which produce better tasting embers or flames that last longer than soft woods do. It depends on what type of style you in regards to how your firewood tastes like in the end or how you prefer your flames to look like thereafter. There’s no right answer here, only personal preference which is why I always recommend trying out different types of wood yourself before committing to one alone!

Safety Tips for Storing Firewood

You should always be careful when handling firewood. Never burn untreated wood in your fireplace or stove. It is also important to keep children and pets away from the pile of firewood as they can easily get injured if they play with it, such as throwing sticks around for example.

  • Build a fence around the storage area.
  • Use locking cover for your outdoor fireplace if you have one.
  • Use a metal cover for your wood pile to avoid any accidental fires.
  • Store the firewood at least one meter away from heaters, chimneys and other possible sources of ignition (such as your car).

Do not store in an enclosed space like under the porch or back porch; this is critically dangerous. You should also watch out if you are stacking it against walls or fences instead of keeping them off to the side. If there’s heavy snowfall where you live during winter, make sure that you stack it up high enough so that no damage occurs to either your wood pile or fence by piling more on top when needed. Also, do not place firewood near greenhouses because they can produce carbon monoxide which is unsafe for you and your plants.

  • Keep the wood pile about one to two feet away from any combustible material (such as buildings).
  • Do not burn painted or treated lumber, railroad ties or pressure treated firewood in an indoor fireplace; only natural untreated wood should be used.
  • Never stack more than 16 inches high except when using a bonfire pit since this will help air circulate throughout the pile of logs while it burns down completely. Have at least three feet between each layer of logs stacked up like stairs if possible so that there’s enough space for oxygen to get through easily once they are set on fire. Clean out dead leaves and debris before doing this too otherwise food might not burn completely.
  • Do not store firewood together with your gasoline or other flammable liquids as this is a major safety hazard.firewood
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Environmental Protection

One of the quickest and most effective ways to protect your home’s environment is by storing firewood outside. Wood absorbs many harmful chemicals from pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and other environmental pollutants like heavy metals. However, when you bring it inside (especially if seasoned), those toxins will go with it into your living space—and they don’t just disappear once they’re there. They can accumulate in air ducts or furniture that isn’t often moved around for years before finally being released back out again. Therefore, leaving them outdoors is usually best!


What kind of wood do you use?

We use a mix of several types; oak, ash, elm and other species. It depends on the available stock at the time that we are asked to deliver or pick up firewood.

How much wood should I order?

We recommend that customers start with a load of about half a cord. This is equivalent to two face cords or four quarter cords, depending on the specific definition in your area. Half a cord is usually enough for most houses if it's split into smaller pieces and stacked well when you receive it. If you need more than this amount, we can deliver additional loads without any extra charge within 60 days from when your first delivery was made (within our normal service area). You can also buy another full cord later at any time; there will be no additional fees applied unless the price has increased by then.

How much firewood can I store in an outdoor wood rack?

Outdoor wood racks are typically designed to hold up to a cord of firewood. However, the specific number will depend on how tightly you stack it and the kind of rack you’re using. The general guideline is that your stacks should be at least 18 inches high (about half as tall as they are wide).

How many cords of firewood will fit in my car?

A standard cord is four feet wide, eight feet long and four feet high. If you have to pile it three-high on top of your vehicle, there should be about two cubic yards of storage space for a full load (that’s equivalent to 24 split logs or 48 pieces). You may need more room if you stack the firewood low instead of high; but then again, splitting the wood into smaller pieces can free up some space as well.

How do I store firewood?

Storing your wood in a sheltered location out of direct sunlight is ideal. However, you can keep it outside as long as the temperature remains above freezing; this will help prevent bugs and rot from getting into it (the average interior storage life for untreated seasoned hardwood should be about two years). If you’re stacking the firewood on top of grass or dirt ground without putting down any kind of tarp first, water could seep underneath over time; that makes the environment more conducive to insect infestation than if there was some kind of barrier between them and their food source. Using an outdoor rack with waterproof coverings built-in helps protect against both sun damage and moisture penetration too.

How do I store firewood indoors?

Indoor storage is for people who want to keep their wood inside all year long. It’s best to use a basement or garage if you can; but some people also prefer using insulated sheds (with concrete floors) or even an unheated part of the house like a mudroom, porch or attic area. The main thing is that it should be dry and away from any appliances that could be damaged by heat; space heaters are especially dangerous in this regard so they shouldn't be used at anytime near where the firewood might get stored. If there's not enough room on one floor alone, having wall-mounted racks makes it easier to stack multiple levels of wood.

How do I stack my firewood?

The most efficient way to store your firewood is out in the open on a level, cleared surface with plenty of room for air flow all around it. If you have an outdoor rack or storage bin then that’s usually ideal; but stacking against walls and fences will work too if there's enough space between each one (at least 18 inches). You want to avoid leaning any pieces together because this can cause them to rot more quickly than they should when stored indoors. Also keep off-season stockpiles away from windows that let sunlight into the building where possible since heat buildup could lead to spoilage faster as well. And finally, even if you do have a shed make sure it's not too tight of an area for your wood to fit in; otherwise, the heat will be more concentrated and cause problems with insects anyway.


If you need to store more firewood than your outdoor wood rack can accommodate, it may be worth investing in a second one. And if you want to make sure that this year’s supply is well-stocked and ready for the coming winter months, start splitting logs now!