How to Properly Store Firewood

When you have a wood-burning fireplace, there are several maintenance responsibilities that are necessary for the efficient and safe operation of the chimney and fireplace system. One of the chores that can get a bit tiresome, especially on the coldest days of the winter, is bringing in firewood from outdoor storage. It may seem easier and more convenient to store your firewood in your garage, but you should reconsider this idea unless you want an insect invasion of your home. Not only can storing firewood in your garage create a huge mess of bugs, moss, dirt, and sawdust, according to Firewood Resources , it can also be a dangerous fire hazard, especially if you are storing it anywhere near cars, motorcycles, welders, grinders, torches, or any other type of ignition source. For over 30 years, The Hearth & Patio Shoppe has been proud to be the most trusted fireplace store in the Auburn area because it is important to us to take the time to help our customers with every aspect of the fireplace experience. This is why we would like to share with you a few tips on proper firewood storage.

KEEP FIREWOOD DRYHow To Properly Store Firewood - Opelika AL - Hearth & Patio Shoppe

The national fireplace experts all recommend that you should only burn seasoned wood that has been allowed to dry for at least six months after it has been cut. Since burning wet wood can lead to the overproduction of creosote and does not provide much warmth to your home, one very important thing about storing firewood is keeping it dry. To prevent your firewood from reabsorbing a great deal of water from constant exposure to rain and snow, your best storage is a seasoning shed that has a roof to keep the wood dry. You will want to make sure the shed’s floor is off of the ground so it is safe from ground moisture. If you do not have a storage shed, you can store your firewood on pallets or gravel and cover with a firewood cover or a tarp.

AVOID BUGS AND INSECTS

Not only should you never store firewood inside your home or garage, but The Hearth & Patio Shoppe recommends storing it at least five feet or more away from your home’s foundation. Wood is the perfect home for all different types of bugs and insects, including beetles, termites, carpenter ants, and roaches. Rodents can also find a stack of wood to be an attractive home, so to reduce the likelihood of any of these creepy critters invading your home, you should only bring firewood into your home when you are ready to burn it.

When you store your firewood properly, you will have the benefits of longer lasting, cleaner burning, and warmer fires. For more firewood tips or any other fireplace needs, contact us today at The Hearth & Patio Shoppe.

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