With proper storage, firewood can be maintained from one season to the next. Firewood should always be stored outdoors and it should not be stored directly in contact with the exterior of your home's structure. There should be several feet of space between the firewood stack and the home. This ensures that no insects, fungus, or contaminants move into the home. It also reduces fire threats.
We'll have our fair share of thunderstorms during the summer months as well as plenty of humidity. That is why it is always essential to properly cover firewood that is being stored. A tarp or another similar cover should be loosely kept over the firewood, but should not be tightly wrapped around the stack or extended all the way to the ground. The idea is to protect the firewood from direct moisture and weather elements while still allowing for proper air circulation. Air circulation is key to keep the firewood in its best condition for as long as possible.
Using outdoor firewood racks provides the needed air circulation, while keeping the firewood away from direct moisture on the ground. Contact with moisture could lead to rotting that can quickly spread across your entire stack.
Just as you do not want your firewood stacked up against your home's exterior wall, you also do not want it stacked in any other debris or directly in heavily wooded areas. Either of these situations can lead to your firewood becoming contaminated with bugs or insects. You should also have plenty of clearance space from an outdoor fire pit .
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