The Proper Way to Stack Firewood
Estate Care LLC
If you’re a Maryland homeowner, particularly in Carroll County or Baltimore County, you likely know the value of having a well-stocked supply of firewood for those chilly evenings. But did you know that how you stack your firewood can make a significant difference in its quality and longevity? In this blog post, we’ll delve into the proper way to stack firewood, whether you’re storing it outdoors or indoors, and why this is essential for maintaining clean, dry, and pest-free firewood.
Why Stacking Firewood Is Important
Stacking firewood isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s a critical step in preserving the quality of your firewood. Here’s why it matters:
Protection from Moisture, Mold, and Pests: Stacking your kiln-dried firewood protects it from moisture, mold, and pests, especially if it’s stored outdoors. Throwing wood into a pile allows moisture and pests to thrive, leading to moldy, hard-to-burn wood and unwelcome critters.
Indoor Cleanliness: Stacking firewood inside your home not only keeps it dry but also adds a nice touch to your space. Kiln-dried firewood eliminates worries about mold or pests indoors.
Learning the proper way to stack firewood will ensure that your kiln-dried firewood remains pristine and ready for a cozy fire whenever you desire. But before we get into the stacking techniques, let’s explore the crucial aspect of choosing the right location for your firewood stack.
Choosing Where to Stack Firewood
Location is key when it comes to stacking firewood, as it can affect the wood’s quality and pose safety hazards. Here are some guidelines for both outdoor and indoor stacking:
The Best Place for Outdoor Stacking:
- Select a sunny spot with good airflow to keep your wood dry.
- Avoid shaded areas that stay damp.
- Angle your stack against prevailing winds for better ventilation.
- Keep your stack away from the side of your home to deter pests and reduce fire hazards.
- Ensure the stack doesn’t obstruct pathways or exits.
- Avoid stacking under overhanging tree branches or powerlines.
- Consider drainage to prevent water from ruining your wood.
The Best Place for Indoor Stacking:
- Indoor stacking is an excellent option for kiln-dried firewood.
- Choose a room with good airflow and low humidity.
- Avoid stuffy attics or crawl spaces to prevent mold.
- Ensure there’s enough space for a stable four-foot stack.
- Common indoor spaces include the garage, basement, or near the fireplace in the living room.
How to Stack Firewood Safely
Proper stacking techniques are vital for maintaining dry, clean firewood. Here are some essential tips:
Wear gloves and boots to protect yourself from splinters and falling wood.
Raise It Off the Ground:
Elevate the stack slightly off the ground using pallets, boards on cinder blocks, or pressure-treated 2x4s to prevent moisture and pests.
Allow for Airflow:
Stack your firewood loosely to enable air circulation. Keep the end cuts exposed, as they absorb the most moisture. Leave at least a foot of space between rows for airflow.
Trim Away Weeds and Plants:
Maintain a clean area around your wood stack to prevent moisture retention and provide no cover for critters and insects.
Create a Stable Structure:
Stack only on a level surface, and avoid stacks taller than four feet. Place larger pieces at the bottom for stability.
Give Your Stack Proper Coverage:
When storing outdoors, protect your firewood from rain by loosely tying a tarp over the top or stacking it inside a log store.