How to Store Firewood
Store firewood off the ground and stacked in a way that allows air circulation to prevent fungus growth and insect infestation. In addition, the firewood needs to be protected from rain.
Step 1: Keep the Wood off the Ground
Whether you store your wood outdoors or in a woodshed, it needs to be off the ground. The firewood only needs to be high enough off the ground to allow air to circulate underneath it. Stacking the wood on top of pallets or on a wood rack, such as the Stack-N-Store wood rack, allows for sufficient air circulation.
Step 2: Stack the Wood to Allow Air Circulation
The best way to stack the wood to allow for air circulation is to alternate the direction you stack the wood with each layer. For example, lay the first layer of wood in a north to south direction and the next layer in a west to east direction.
The Size of Your Stack
To keep your firewood stack stable so that it does not fall, build your stack twice as wide as it is tall. The maximum height of your stack should be 6 feet tall. Any taller and it will be difficult to get wood off the stack when you need it.
Cover the Stack
Firewood stored in a wood shed does not need to be covered. Cover wood stored outdoors with a tarp to protect the wood from rain. Place the tarp loosely over the wood pile to allow air to circulate around the wood.