Best Practices for Stacking Firewood

The first thing you should know about storing firewood: Keep it off of the ground. Especially during warm spells, snow can melt and causes the bottom of your wood pile to get soggy. To store your firewood above the ground consider building or buying a pallet or just some basic wood or metal planks to rest your wood on. The main goal here is to keep it off the ground!

Next, you want to keep your firewood safe from the elements. Some people prefer to store their wood in their garage, basement, or a storage shed. However, to avoid things like a termite infestation, you can keep your firewood outside and still keep it protected. A few pretty cheap ways to accomplish this are to simply use some tightly secured tar paper or tarp. Keep in mind that we stock tarp right here at Rural King that will suit your needs!

Thirdly, you need to keep the wood dry. When you stack the wood, you should keep at least 6 inches of space between stacks to promote air circulation. If you store your wood outdoors, make sure that your wood stacks are parallel to the most common wind direction in your area, to once again promote air circulation. You will also want to choose a location where water does not pool—even if you do have your wood stores above the ground. Weather can be unpredictable and you never know when we could get torrential rain or tons of snow that can melt and puddle underneath a low-lying stack of wood. Best to play it safely!

Here at Rural King we sell a number of products to help you keep your firewood stacked and dry, ranging from tarps to pre-built metal racks built just for stacking wood. Stop in today and let us point you in the right direction for your firewood needs!