Earlier we told you about how to sharpen an ax and chop wood correctly. Now let’s talk about storage.
The main principle of storing firewood and sawn timber is that they should not remain in the rain and on damp ground, from which they will draw moisture. So the woodpile or woodshed may not have walls, but at least the simplest foundation and roof must be required. Although just like in the photo – under a simple slate and on a base of cinder blocks and logs.
Such honeycomb fire boxes meet all the main principles of wood storage – they are protected from above and below. In addition, laying firewood in one row, in combs, allows for natural ventilation, effective drying, which is very important for their further use..
An ordinary wooden pallet box is suitable for storing a small supply of firewood. By the way, before you put the firewood for storage, you should dry it.
A regular woodpile can be covered with plastic wrap or other inexpensive covering material that does not allow raindrops to pass through. So that the firewood masonry does not disperse, in this case, they took care of the side supports. If, as we wrote, it is advised to chop wood in the summer, then it is better to harvest wood for future firewood in winter, in this case the water content in the wood is minimal.
We have given examples of what masterpieces can be laid out from ordinary firewood. But, even if you do not want to engage in such creativity, the woodpile can still be made beautiful. Such wooden huts and firewood will be saved in winter, and the site will be decorated.
A special firewood shed can be called an ideal option, because it will be dry in it. But even this kind of wall masonry also allows you to save the supply of wood. By the way, firewood made of coniferous wood, in particular pine and spruce, is recommended to be used in closed furnaces, because they tend to smoke and “shoot” with coals due to the increased resin content.
Open metal firebox with ventilation holes on the sides. Let’s note how the firewood is correctly sorted – small for kindling separately, as well as by types. Fresh firewood should also be stored separately from dry wood. You can divide them in the same area by simply spreading them out into compartments.
This is already a decorative firebox, which not only stores firewood, but also decorates the terrace. In general, an ordinary metal circle, divided into cells for storing various materials for the firebox, including cones comfortably popping in the fire and thin rods for kindling. Simple, took up a little space, and at the same time beautiful.
This is how the correct laying of firewood looks like. The alternation of layers provides additional ventilation, the wood does not cake. Remember that for proper storage of firewood it is also very important to chop them correctly, however, we have already devoted a separate article to this topic..
The most common types of wood used in the preparation of firewood are birch, alder, aspen. It is birch that, due to its high density, burns for a long time and gives a lot of heat. Alder and aspen give a wonderful aroma, which is especially important for fireplaces and sauna heaters.
Correctly folded and protected from moisture, firewood can be stored for several years, becoming only drier and more convenient to use, so do not neglect the basic storage rules and correctly equip your woodpiles.