Many homeowners who have a fireplace at home are wondering where and how they could stack the firewood for the coming winter. This is a perfectly legitimate question, since in recent years, a trend in the field of chimney storage has become established and even established as a kind of art in its own four walls. The people prefer to keep the firewood ready for use and stack it not far from the fireplace. Such a firewood storage has not only a purely practical purpose, but it should also look aesthetic. This method of storing firewood in the interior has begun years ago when well-known interior architects designed special rooms for them in their living rooms. It was also fashionable that homeowners had converted bookshelves, boxes or empty niches in the room to store the firewood. Any free space under window sills is also used for the purpose.
Flaming fireplace fire, candlelight and an aesthetic storage of the firewood in the living room
Beyond the fireplace stored the firewood looks very well arranged
There is, however, a problem with firewood storage!
Yes, we want to admit it, such a firewood storage looks great. Those who stack their firewood next to the stove have many advantages. There may also overwhelm such pests, which are undesirable at home, including woodworms, beetles, carpenter’s anions, termites, wooden cockroaches and many others. In wind and fog, with snow and ice, he always has his firewood in immediate reach. At the right place and nicely stacked, the firewood gives a stylish look that you can admire every day. Unfortunately, such a firewood storage has a substantial disadvantage, and that is the insects that are stored therein. Have you ever thought about this problem? Certainly not yet, because there is little in the media discussed. Wood is a natural material and everyone is happy when he has it in their own home. The warm and natural radiance of the wood in the interior design can be appreciated today. Unfortunately the firewood can be a home for uninvited”guests”.
Under the seat is enough room for firewood storage, but…..
The right place is the key to the firewood storage
What happens when you stack the firewood for the fireplace not far from the kitchen worktop? In modern house design such a wood storage would be possible, right? Could the pests attack the wooden cladding or wooden beams? But can you bring the firewood into the house and leave the insects outside?
Any chimney storage in the living room brings with it some inconvenience
These are questions that circle around in your mind before you find the right answers. It is only when you read expert advice on the firewood storage that you understand its mistakes. In most cases, it is recommended that you bring a lot of firewood into the interior and stack it next to the fireplace for a day or two. In addition, the specialists advise us to store the whole firewood at a distance of at least 1.5 m from the foundation wall of the house. Outside, choose a place that is far from trees. Use pallets to ensure a better drainage and have a dry firewood during the winter.
In the trade you will find very modern options for the storage of firewood
Store your firewood at least 1.5 m far from the foundation wall of the house
Why should we do it all? Very obviously! A well dried firewood has no odor, does not contain moisture and has no bark. Beetles and insects love all these things, and the dry firewood does not offer them! That is, the little beasts can not dwell there! In addition, dry firewood has a moisture content of less than 20%, which prevents the mold from forming. And another very important thing is that dry wood burns more efficiently and with less smoke than this one of the newly cut trees. This means that you avoid creosote deposits in the chimney and thus also any danger of a smoky chimney fire.
Dry wood burns more efficiently and with little smoke
Let the firewood dry well before using it in winter
More tips for proper firewood storage
In order to prevent the mistakes described above, the best way to buy the firewood is in the late summer, but at the latest until later. The newly purchased wood should be stored in a special area and covered there. According to the experts in the field, this will help to kill pests. Do not forget, the drying time depends on the type of wood. Soft wood needs about 6-8 months, while the hard wood species lasts longer. One has to expect a drying time of one or two years.
Do not fire the firewood with insects before you bring it into the house
And another important tip from the experts: Always check the firewood before you bring it into the house. Possibly insects have been hidden in it. Unfortunately, you can not do much about it. However, we would advise you not to spray the wood with combustible agents against insects, for obvious reasons! If you want to avoid the problem with the pests, you could buy purely decorative firewood and stack it next to the fireplace in the living room. The real firewood, however, you would have to store outside the house. In this way you combine the aesthetic and the practical and have a warm winter in your four own walls!