Wood in particular is very susceptible to the elements like rain and snow.
Improperly stored wood could lead to wet, unseasoned wood that’s prone to decay.
Plus, a big ole pile of wood looks pretty appealing to all sorts of animals and bugs who are looking for a place to hide……not exactly what you want.
Firewood that comes into contact with the ground is exposed to moisture and insects which increases the rate of decay. Over time this wood will become nearly useless.
Moisture also increases the odds of mold growing on your firewood. Read here to learn about burning moldy firewood.
Have you ever thought about stacking firewood between the trees in your yard or fence line instead of using T posts or stacked wood as bookends to brace the ends of your woodpile? The trees make an easy end support, but if you don’t follow a few simple rules you can damage and even kill the support trees. If you’re interested in stacking wood using this method make sure you read this article about stacking firewood between trees to make sure you don’t damage or kill the support trees.
Or, if you have some old pallets laying around, check out this article that explains tips and techniques for stacking firewood on pallets.
When storing your firewood you must think into the future. You want an area that’s not intrusive to your yard but close to your house or wood furnace.
Carrying firewood everyday to your house or wood furnace is time consuming and labor intensive. Since most firewood logs are heavy and bulky, several trips usually have to be made. Do yourself a favor and store your firewood in the closest practical location to your heating device. You will thank yourself for it later.