Firewood: Tips on Buying & Storing

Firewood is used by many homeowners to heat their homes on chilly nights and you may want to learn how to buy and store your firewood so you can maintain the cozy fire in the deep of the night. However, there are differences in gathering and storing wood based on where you live, i.e. supply and demand will change with the density of homes and how close you are to forests where the wood is harvested.

Tips for Buying Firewood

Here are the things you'll want to consider when buying firewood:

• When do you want to buy your firewood? Many homeowners store big amounts of green firewood (cheaper) and keep it for a year before using it.

• Do you want to pick up the firewood or be delivered?

• Do you prefer buying firewood that's already split or buying firewood in full rounds to save money? Some homeowners like the exercise they get splitting their own wood, although you've got to have the time to do this safely, as swinging an ax when you're pressed for time isn't a good idea.

If you like planning ahead, you may ask your supplier (with local tree trimming business) if you can take firewood on their schedule then store it while it dries out, this might be a great strategy to save money.

If you are looking for more firewood suppliers, you may ask fireplace shops and equipment retailers who sell and repair chain saws. You can also look for newspaper ads and community bulletin boards, or Craigslist online to find more firewood stores.

Alternatives for Storing Your Firewood

Outdoor firewood storage should not just be a place where the wind and sun can help it dry however it should also be a place where it can protect the firewood from the elements as it will reabsorb moisture from rain and snow. Outdoor storage for keeping your firewood dry should have a raised floor and sloped roof to reduce the wood's exposure to the elements.

You probably want some firewood closer to the fireplace, so where exactly should you store firewood?

• Long-term firewood storage, e.g. if you are planning to keep it for the next season then it should be stored away from the house and outdoor living spaces.

• Firewood to be used for the next season should be stored near the house but not next to the house as there might be insects in the
wood.

• If you use a wood stove continuously, it's worth keeping a few days worth of firewood indoors so you don't have to go outside especially if the weather is nasty. Minimize your steps and dirt in the location where you are planning to have a small stack of firewood, i.e. garage.

• Storing the firewood near your wood stove or fireplace is nice. Bag hooks for the bag used to carry in firewood can make the storing easy however you need to keep the area clean and safe as wood is easy to ignite so keep it far enough from the fire.

Firewood Safety

Remember that firewood was once the primary source of heat for all buildings and many homes so you might want to read books or articles online about firewood safety when collecting your own firewood, splitting firewood, as well as storing and burning firewood. This way, you will stay warm, comfy and safe.

Tina Gleisner, founder of the Association of Women Home Owners connects homeowners with concepts, terminology and advice to build homes that support today's lifestyles. Through the library and directory at www.HomeTips4Women.com, you can LEARN more about how to maintain and repair your home and more.



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