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Old 11-05-2014, 11:37 PM   #1
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How Do Suburban Dwellers Store Firewood?


I live in the city, a suburb type of setting, bout 1/4 acre lots.. so enough of a backyard to keep a body busy.. v/s inner city dwellers and there 10yard back yard setting..


We have a natural fireplace(city does not allow burning in backyards unless in a metal firepit), and a relative let me take home a sh*tload of firewood for it after helping him move/transplant some tree's.


Thru this forum I learned/was told to NEVER store firewood in my garage or basement lest I want a termite infection...


So looking for suggestions/ideas on how best to store my firewood?


thanks in advance!


oNe
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Old 11-06-2014, 12:19 AM   #2
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Rule #1: keep the wood off the ground. That will help keep it dry, and keep some of the insects from making a home in the pile.

You can buy or build a rack. It doesn't have to be fancy, just sturdy.

Here's a very small rack that I built with some scrap 2x2s and 2x4s. I bring wood up from the main pile and store about a weeks' worth of wood close to the house and the door to the wood stove. The tarp rolls down to cover the wood when needed.
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But you can build something to fit the size of your pile, if you're not going to be storing lots of wood.

You should be fine stacking it on your concrete patio, but do not stack it up against the house, to keep the critters away from the good wood of your house. And it may be a code violation -fire hazard to do so.

Try and stack it in direct sunlight if possible rather than shade, to help dry it out.

If you're a cheap SOB like me, I like to stack the wood on a base of old wood pallets or if nothing else on some sacrificial scrap 2x4s or whatever you may have. What you are trying to accomplish is to let air get underneath the stack and flow and dry out the wood.

And keep a plastic tarp handy to cover the stack if it's going to rain heavily or repeatedly over a few days. (A light drizzle here and there won't get it very wet. The surface moisture will dry out quickly.

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Old 11-14-2014, 07:10 AM   #3
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ZZZZZ is absolutely correct...

I did see this firewood holder project on Lowe's website, not sure what it would cost though... Like ZZZZZ, I'm a cheap SOB too... :-)

http://www.lowes.com/creative-ideas/...holder/project
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Having been brought in a household that burned wood since I was born, we never used racks to store firewood. We learned to stack wood with self supporting ends. We only covered the top of the wood stacks usually with old lumber to shed snow and rain. We left the sides open to so air could circulate through the stacks and dry the wood.l
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We learned to stack wood with self supporting ends.
Could you elaborate on that? I'd like to learn about this technique or what exactly you speak of... For one or two cords, how would one do a self supporting stack? It looks as if the OP has close to one cord.

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You need to turn the end pieces 90 to the stack every layer.
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Thank You 47 47! That picture is worth more than 1K words! By the way I live about 30 miles away along Lake Erie! What do you have? About 2 face cords per row?
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Landfill, that's not my stack, just a copy and paste from the internet. I've got the ash borer bad and am outdoor burning as I go.
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Can't you stack ash bore wood and use it for firewood? I thought that was OK as long as you don't try and transport it somewhere else.

Those stacks to me look like about 2 full bush cords each or more.
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