Summertime Firewood Storage Tips from Your Trusted Tree Company

March 18, 2020

Nothing beats a roaring fire in the fireplace on a cold winter day. But now that summer is on its way and the temperatures are starting to rise, you’re not going to want to keep using your fireplace. This means you’ll need to find a way to store all that remaining firewood you have sitting in your house. Depending on how much you ordered in the fall, this could be more than enough to get you through the summer bonfire season while still leaving you some left for those early cold snaps. Here are a few tips from your Denver tree service to help you store your firewood safely this spring and summer.

Look for a Storage Spot Away from the House
For most homeowners, storing firewood inside the house isn’t possible. This leaves people looking for spots outside their homes. Whenever possible, store your firewood at least five feet away from your house. Never stack it alongside your siding or leave it on the back porch. 

Remember, insects and rodents love to nest inside the wood pile. If you leave the logs against the side of your home, you increase the risk of termite and other pest infestations in your home. This can lead to costly home repairs if you’re not careful. 

Keep the Logs Off the Ground
Wood can trap and hold moisture very quickly and after a few rainstorms, all that water will soak into your logs. If those logs are sitting on the ground, the moisture won’t have a way to evaporate out quickly. When this happens, the wood can mold. Worse, it will ruin the aging process and leave you with wood that won’t light quickly and causes a ton of smoke when it finally does. 

The best way to keep your wood off the ground is to use an old wooden pallet. Head to your local grocery store or hardware store and see if they have any they’re getting rid of. Most stores will have at least one or two pallets that you can take for free. If you can’t find a pallet, you can always spread a tarp underneath the spot where your wood pile will go. This will create a moisture barrier between your wood and the soil.

Choose a Sunny Location
The best way to keep mold and moisture issues from happening in the first place is to keep your wood in a sunny spot. The sun will dry any excess moisture before it can become a problem and helps preserve that perfectly aged wood you paid for. If you can’t find an area with plenty of sunlight, make sure the spot you choose has enough room for air to circulate around the entire stack. 

If You Cover, Cover It Right
Covering firewood is a great way to keep rain from causing mold inside the stack, but you need to make sure you cover it the right way. Remember, firewood needs to breathe throughout the summer. This means you can’t cover the entire stack with a waterproof tarp and call it good. You need to use the tarp the right way.

Try to cover the top of the stack only. If possible, find a way to secure the tarp so it sits above, not on, the wood. Don’t drape the tarp over the stack so it covers the front and sides. This will cut down on air circulation and can contribute to excess moisture in the wood. Insects and pests love damp environments and this will only increase your risk of an unwanted infestation on your property.

Stack Things Right
There’s nothing worse than watching your carefully arranged firewood stack topple over before you’re done moving it. This happens when the stack isn’t arranged correctly, but luckily, it’s an easy fix. You just need to pay attention to the way you’re arranging your logs. 

Start with the biggest logs you have and lay them on the bottom. This will create a strong foundation for the rest of the pile. Then, arrange the rest of the pile by size and weight, keeping the heavier logs beneath the lighter ones. When you’re done, you’ll have a wood pile that’s sturdy and able to handle the often high wind gusts common along the Front Range.

Use Your Garage If You Can
The best place to store your already seasoned wood is inside your home. This way, it’s completely sheltered from the elements and the risk of pests and insects getting in the pile drops significantly. You don’t even have to keep it in your living room. If you have space in your basement or your garage, store the stack there. You won’t even have to prepare the wood for storage. Concrete is an ideal moisture barrier and the room will get plenty of air circulation to help the wood stay dry even when humidity levels are up.

If You Can’t Store It, Repurpose It
Sometimes, you might not be able to store your leftover logs and this means you’ll need to find a way to use the wood up. You can always give your leftovers to a friend who has a big backyard barbecue planned. If you don’t like the idea of hauling logs off your property, repurpose them. Use them for outdoor seating for your kids. Cut the logs into thin rounds and turn them into functional coasters. Cut and sand the ends and arrange them in a shadow box to create an eye-catching piece of artwork. The only limit is your imagination.

Store Your Firewood the Right Way
Use these storage tips to help you keep whatever firewood you have left after this year’s cold winter in good condition. When the time comes for your next delivery, don’t hesitate to reach out. At Bear Creek Tree Service, we’re happy to help whether you need a tree trimmed during the summer or want to order a full cord of wood in the fall. Contact us online or call (720) 299-1409 to discuss your needs with our team.
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