Firewood Storage Solutions
There’s nothing like a cozy fire on a cold winter night, but getting to that cozy fire can require the effort of making sure firewood is dry, available and accessible. The amount of wood you store depends on the frequency of fires you make, in addition to the amount of storage space you have.
I learned the pitfalls of improper firewood storage as a child. My father loved making fires. He would order wood and store it under our back porch. It seemed like a good solution, but he didn’t think about the fact that the wood was going to be sitting on the ground. Soon bugs crept in and we got an infestation of termites who eventually started to eat through the entire porch–ugh. Having that experience is a good reminder that firewood should be stored in a clean dry place–off the ground. If you keep it outside, these storage carts are terrific. If the wood is exposed to the elements, a cover is also a great addition to keep it dry.
Once you get the wood inside the house, you need to also determine how much you want to store and how much space is available for storage. Having shelving built in around the fireplace is optimal.Here are some beautiful examples:
I happen to store my firewood inside a cabinet next to the fireplace, can you tell we don’t make fires often? I’m a fan of the gas fireplace that you just turn on the switch for!
Keeping a container for near the fireplace also is an easy and inexpensive solution. Here are a few options for baskets:
Since firewood is often dry and brittle, storage in baskets can be a mess.
These copper and metal bins are a great solution.