Assuming you've already finished bucking a tree and splitting it into firewood, now you've got to store it somewhere.
So you've maybe seen some inventive ways online to store your firewood, and you're wondering: which way's best?
There is a "best" way to store firewood, and you won't believe what it is. No, it's not the decorative stack around the fireplace.
The best way to store your firewood is surprisingly to stack it in an organized pile! Who'd have thought, right? But here's how to do it properly. Before You Store
You should be aware of how long it must be stored before using it, because you wont want to use it until it's "ripe."
That's right, firewood has to age. If you use freshly fallen trees to warm your fireplace, you'll wind up with lots of creosote buildup in your chimney and a dangerously smokey home.
Carbon monoxide buildup among many other problems can result from not properly seasoning your firewood.
Prime Real Estate
Knowing where to stack your firewood is as important as knowing how to stack it. Some people want to stack and store their firewood in the house beside the fireplace. This is a very bad idea. When carrying firewood into your home, there are likely to be a few hitchhikers.
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.
Choose a dry, breezy area of your property. Keep it about 20-feet from the nearest door to your house to keep pests from having a direct route inside. If you're stacking it next to a structure, don't stack it flush against it. Stack it at least a few inches away from the structure to allow airflow behind the stack.
Stack the Rack
Wood should be stacked in rows, no more than 4-foot high. You can either use a log rack or pallets and posts.
If the firewood isn't fully seasoned yet, stack it bark-side down so the moisture can continue to easily evaporate from the wood. You can stack them bark-side up once they're aged to naturally shield the wood from rain and snow.
If you're using pallets and posts, simply place the pallet on the ground and hammer the posts or stakes in on each corner. Be sure the posts are close enough together to keep the firewood pieces from rolling off the sides, and pile your wood on top of the pallets to keep it raised off the ground a bit.
If you're using a firewood rack, you just place it where you want it to go and begin stacking your wood, ends facing front and back, until you've reached an even 4 feet in height all the way across.
Whatever you do, don't toss them in an unorganized pile. Doing so would not allow proper ventilation to the wood in the middle of the pile, causing it to rot rather than dry.
Cover Your Assets
To protect your firewood from snow or rain, you can use a firewood cover. Just make sure to leave the front and back of the stack fully open until it's aged so the ends of the wood can breathe. For aged wood, there are full-sized firewood covers that will protect all of your finely aged wood until you're ready to bring it inside.
You can also place your stack in an open barn or shed, or under an optimal 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.
Keep it clean and keep it open. Don't leave scraps or kindling laying around it, and don't allow weeds, grasses, or brush to grow around it either. Trim brush away from the pile and use a string trimmer for tall grass or weeds that sprout up.