Where to Store Firewood – Choosing a Firewood Storage Location

Firewood can be stored in many places, and for the consumer, sometimes the best place is wherever it is the most convenient. As a commercial firewood producer I store it where I can get easy access to it, and where it will get the most sun to help it dry.

If you get your wood green, storing it in a sunny location is one of the best ways to get it to dry. But if it is already dry, or if you live in a climate where you have a whole hot dry summer for it to dry, that won’t matter so much. A wood shed or a cover like a patio, lean to, barn can be great places to store firewood. Even a garage can be good if you can spare the garage space and don’t mind the mess. But many of us have to store our firewood outdoors.

The first thing to do is check with your local zoning laws or fire department. In some areas there are laws or recommendations when storing firewood, requiring or recommending that firewood be stored a certain distance from structures for fire safety.

Keep in mind that moving firewood is a lot of work and you will probably want to minimise the distance and number of times that you will have to move it. Choosing a place that will be close to where the delivery truck can get access will save a lot of work in getting the wood to your storage area. If possible store your wood in an area that a truck can back up to.

Also consider bringing the wood into your house when it is time to burn it. The closer it is the less distance you will have to haul it. Also think about how bringing it in from your storage area will be in bad weather. Consider what it will be like if you have to walk through the rain and snow and cold weather. Or even muddy ground. Or maybe you will be wearing a path through your lawn or landscaping.

Make sure the wood is not going to be in the way to where you will have to move it someday before you burn it. Think about whether it may block access for future projects or repairs to your home. For example, having a new appliance delivered. Or blocking access if you have to repair or have your septic system pumped. Also be mindful of delivery vehicles driving over buried plumbing or utilities like leach fields and septic tanks.

Where you store your firewood is usually not a critical decision. But doing a little thinking ahead about where you store it can save you work and grief in the future.

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