The right firewood storage can save you a lot of money, not to mention a guarantee of warmth on wintry nights. To ensure proper storage, there are only three things to keep in mind: (1) make sure the top part and just about a foot or two on the sides are covered, (2) it should be elevated at least a few inches off the ground and (3) it’s not completely covered to keep the air flowing.
You’ll also have to consider personal factors such as the amount of space you have available and just how much firewood you usually burn. No matter your situation and preferences, we have a good list of storage solutions to make sure your firewood lasts long enough in good condition.
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Firewood racks are generally a great way to store a lot of wood in a smaller space. They come in various size options but allow the user to stack the wood so that it will all dry evenly and get ready for use. Because you can choose from so many different types of racks, you will be able to decide if you want one that is longer or taller, which allows you to easily store your wood no matter how much room you have.
Depending on how much space you have outside and if you have a sheltered area where you can store your firewood so that it does not get wet, you may benefit from placing your wood in a box. This will allow you easy access to dry wood at any time of the year and when you buy a very attractive box, you won’t have to worry about ruining the aesthetic appeal of your porch or home. Make sure that the box you buy is large enough for the amount of wood that you are going to be needing.
Baskets are a very attractive way to store your firewood in your home and have it ready to use. You can buy baskets that are plain or ones that are more decorative, depending on the overall look that you want in your home. They display the wood rather than keeping it hidden and allow you to grab some for the fire without having to go outside or dig through a large amount in a rack. Because they hold smaller amounts, you do have to fill them on a regular basis but they look great in any home.
Whether you need to move your firewood from one location to another and don’t want to have to carry each of the individual logs or simply want storage that you can easily move around, a firewood cart is a great choice. These are very heavy duty and built to last, provide storage space for your firewood, and make it incredibly easy to move your wood without a lot of effort. Make sure when shopping for a cart that the wheels are tough and firmly attached so you don’t have to worry about damaging a wheel while using the cart.
Log storage options made with fabric are generally for indoor use only or you will risk them getting damaged in the elements. They make it easy to carry a number of logs into your home and then store them by your fireplace. The important thing to consider when shopping for fabric firewood storage is that the fabric is a heavy canvas that won’t be ripped by the wood.
When you want a perfect combination of tough and beautiful, then look for a wrought iron firewood rack. These are perfect for by the fire in your living room as they are strong enough to easily hold all of your wood and yet have enough detail in them that they will add to the beauty of your home. One of the benefits of wrought iron is that they are practically indestructible and will able to stand up to you throwing the logs into them without bending or becoming damaged.
Wood firewood storage will last for a long time as long as it is taken care of and will look great at your home. If you have your wood storage outside, then you will want to take care to keep it covered or on a porch so that you don’t have to worry about the wood being damaged by the elements or attracting unwanted insects. These are fairly heavy and sturdy and once they are in position and filled with firewood, they will not be moving.
Metal firewood storage is great for both indoor and outdoor use, looks attractive, and is strong and durable enough to last for many seasons without being damaged. If you want to have your firewood storage inside, then you will need to look for a metal rack that complements the rest of your décor. On the other hand, if you are going to store your wood outside, then your only concern is that the metal is strong enough to hold the wood. You don’t have to worry about insects attacking a metal firewood holder.
Plastic sheeting on your firewood storage is a great way to protect your seasoned wood from the elements. You will be hard-pressed to find storage that is all plastic as it will be more brittle and prone to cracking and breaking. If you want plastic storage, then look for an option that uses plastic as a cover and as protection.
It’s important to have enough firewood in your home so that you don’t have to head outside to bring in more when it’s cold and snowing or raining. One of the most important things to keep in mind when you are looking for indoor firewood storage is that you want it to be beautiful as well as functional so that it will match the décor of your home. Because of this, it may be important to really take your time when shopping so you don’t have to worry about making the wrong decision. Indoor firewood storage generally can’t be used outside as well as it is not strong enough to stand up to the elements.
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Unlike indoor firewood storage, which can’t be used outside, you can use your outdoor storage in your home if you so desire. Generally, outdoor storage is going to be more concerned with utility and function than design as you will want to be able to store as much wood in one place as is possible so that you don’t have to worry about running out of wood during the middle of the winter. One thing to consider when choosing outdoor firewood storage is where you are going to place it and how you are going to protect your wood from the elements as you do not want your seasoned wood to become ruined.
No matter if your firewood storage is going to be used inside or outside, you have to make sure that you will be safe and aren’t putting your home and family at risk of a fire. Storing a lot of seasoned firewood in one location can be dangerous, which is why you want to make sure that you choose fire-retardant firewood storage. Of course, if you are set on having a wooden rack, then you will not be able to enjoy this benefit; however, most other storage options will be fire-retardant, which is sure to decrease the chance of a fire destroying your rack and your wood.
While some people are handy enough to assemble their own firewood storage, others do not want to deal with that hassle and frustration. If you want to simply order your storage and have it shipped to you completely put together and ready to go, then you will want to make sure that you choose a storage option that is already assembled. Failing to do so can result in a lot of stress and frustration, especially if you do not have the right tools on hand to complete the job or are not strong enough to do the work by yourself.
If you need to be able to move your firewood around in your home or want to take your storage outside to fill it up, then you will want to choose an option that has handles or you will find that you are unable to do this easily. Handles make moving heavy firewood so much simpler and mean that most of the members of your home can help with this task. Of course, if your rack is so large that it is unable to move, you will not need handles on it. Make sure that if you have smaller storage that can be moved, you only opt for one that has handles or you will be unable to easily lift the storage.
Nobody wants to have to deal with his or her firewood storage breaking or becoming damaged during use but this can occur if you buy a product that has not been built to last. Instead of putting yourself in this situation, you can simply opt to buy storage that is heavy-duty. This means that the material used is very strong, it has been chosen specifically because it will be able to stand up to a lot of use, and all of the attachments and connections are strong and reliable. When you opt for heavy-duty storage, you won’t need to worry about it breaking and dropping all of your firewood all over the ground or the floor.
If you want to make sure that your firewood storage is a point of pride and not an eyesore in your home, then choose storage that is decorative. This can really make the difference in how your storage looks, how well it blends into your décor, and if it improves or ruins the appearance of your room. Storing firewood is a necessity for many people but this doesn’t mean that the storage has to be unattractive. Decorative options are a great way to ensure that you have your firewood at hand when you need it but that you aren’t sacrificing beauty at the same time.
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Many homeowners use tarps to cover their firewood and make sure that it is protected from rain, snow, and critters but there’s something very attractive about firewood storage that has its own cover. Instead of worrying about keeping a tarp strapped down and ensuring that it will stay in place during storms, when you opt for storage with an included cover, you can rest easy that the cover will fit perfectly on your storage and will do a great job protecting all of your wood. While you can use tarps and bungee cords, this is a much less reliable way to protect your wood and doesn’t look nearly as neat and put-together as simply choosing storage that has an included cover.
Firewood is heavy and once it is in its storage, you often will have problems moving it unless you opt for storage that will roll. This will give you the freedom of being able to move your firewood out of the way if you need more space and then pulling it closer to the fire on cold nights when you are working hard to keep your home warm. It’s important that you look for storage with great wheels that are firmly attached if you want rolling storage as the heavy weight of the wood can easily damage the unit if you are not careful.
While most firewood storage rests on the floor or ground and can take up precious real estate in your home, if you want to make sure that you keep your wood up and out of the way while at the same time creating an interesting focal point in your room, then look for floating storage that will attach to the wall of your home. This storage has to be very carefully anchored onto the wall to support the weight of the wood but is a great alternative to traditional storage options.