Firewood Storage Ideas

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There's little more enjoyable than nestling down in a room filled with the glow and warmth of a fireplace. The only thing that can cut down on that pleasure is having to go from indoors to outdoors to replenish a supply of firewood. By storing firewood indoors and outdoors, you can keep the home fires burning without having to rush to the store or leave the warmth of the fireplace to go outside for more.

Outdoor Shed

  • An outdoor shed is appropriate for storing large supplies of wood. Depending on the size of the shed, you can store enough wood to last through a season. Homeowners who either chop their own wood or keep a large supply on hand often use sheds. They are also used by businesses to provide wood for small bed-and-breakfasts, inns and hotels and to provide wood used for cooking at restaurants and grills. A shed can be built as a do-it-yourself project that's as simple as setting posts and forming a raised bed to stack and store the wood on slats of lumber or even discarded wooden pallets. Add a slanted roof covering to retard moisture and decay. Build a fully enclosed outdoor shed with doors to provide extra protection against snow, rain and moisture.

Outdoor Rolling Rack

  • An outdoor rack can provide storage for a medium to large amount of firewood. Most racks are constructed of steel or metal, with raised slats to keep the wood from touching the ground. Some are stationery and housed in an area on the property for easy access. An outdoor rack with wheels provides the flexibility to move the rack from area to another. You can also use it to unload a new supply of wood from a car or truck, and then roll the rack to a protected area (such as a garage or storage unit) where the rack can be stored and the wood kept protected from moisture and accessible for usage. Keep a tarp in your arsenal of firewood storage items to cover the wood on the rolling rack when it snows or rains to prevent the wood from rotting or forming mildew. Rolling racks are commonly found in home improvement stores and from online retailers.

Indoor Hearthside Storage

  • Canvas totes and small, indoor metal fire log bins or wooden boxes make fine choices for storing smaller amounts of wood indoors, right next to the fireplace. You can use them to store just enough wood for occasional use in areas that don't have long winters but do experience enough cold nights to keep fire logs handy and at-the-ready. Totes and bins also work great for apartment dwellers who need to store only a small amount of firewood - just enough to keep the fire roaring and the house warm throughout the night or over a winter weekend. Alternatively, create a wooden firebox that will add to the warmth and decor of a home. Recycle wood from old furniture, and make a simple wooden fire log box.

    Regardless of the style or type chosen, a small indoor storage bin will cut down on having to go from the warmth of the fire to the cold outside to gather more wood. It will also shorten clean-up time spent sweeping fire log shavings off the floor.

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