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While storing firewood
While storing firewood for a season, it is significant to keep the wood covered so that rain or snow does not reach the pile. A dry wood is able to burn more efficiently and that is why it should be kept away from moisture as far as possible. Wet wood will not be able to burn properly or not catch fire at all when you need it. When you make arrangement to store the firewood, ensure that it is kept off the ground as seasoned firewood may absorb the ground water thus making it wet.

While storing firewood for a season, it is significant to keep the wood covered so that rain or snow does not reach the pile. A dry wood is able to burn more efficiently and that is why it should be kept away from moisture as far as possible. Wet wood will not be able to burn properly or not catch fire at all when you need it. When you make arrangement to store the firewood, ensure that it is kept off the ground as seasoned firewood may absorb the ground water thus making it wet.

Never burn unseasoned or wet firewood. You can tell whether  firewood is seasoned or not by measuring its weight, or you can use a moisture meter, which is a very useful tool. The lighter the wood means that the water content is low. Heavy wood has a high water content. Unseasoned firewood is difficult to burn and it creates more smoke due to the moisture transforming into steam. Excessive smoke inside the chimney may lead to back drafting of smoke inside your home, thus creating allergic reactions and breathing problems in the family members. In addition to that, more heat will be consumed to heat the wet wood, thus leaving less amount of heat to be spread in your home.
While storing firewood, you should use a good quality cover which also allows the wood to breathe. The cover should be made up of waterproof material which is helpful in keeping the moisture out and yet allows the firewood to breathe. Many professional experts recommend to cover the wood’s top layers properly which will allow the air to have circulation around the firewood and allow it to be seasoned. During the winter and fall months, use full covers for keeping the wood dry.


In order to store the firewood, find a space which is at a distance from your garage, home or any other building. Keep the wood rack in the open which will allow more circulation of air around the wood to keep it dry. Storing the wood away from a building will keep the unwanted rodents and insects away from it.


Storing firewood properly is extremely important. It needs to be kept dry and protected from fungal growth setting in, as well as preventing insects and rodents inhabiting the wood pile. Using a large tarp to cover it all is not sufficient as there is every possibility for mildew and mold quickly developing. A good wood rack will allow you to properly stack your logs, promote cross ventilation and drying. There are many manufacturers that claim that their wood covers are mildew and mold resistant but you need to be careful because although the cover can be resistant, that does not mean that it will also make the wood resistant.

 
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