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Storing firewood outside

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08-11-2002 10:56:39

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I have a question for you guys. I have a wood burner in my living room and I use it as a backup to my propane forced air furnace. I now have about 12 face cords of hardwood split and drying up on racks in my yard. the question is... will the wood rot over time if it is not covered with visqueen or tarps. I would hate to have many hours of cutting down trees and splitting logs turn into useless rotted garbage.

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Diesel Don

08-11-2002 17:18:25

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 Re: Storing firewood outside in reply to KURT, 08-11-2002 10:56:39  
I throw a tarp over my wood pile and it is stacked on railroad ties so it doesn't sit right on the ground.I always have a little left over each season and never really had any sit over 2yrs.I cut a lot of firewood.Between my mother,father-in-law,and myself,10 cords a year get burned.I was out with my son today cutting tops.He's 11,and a Farmall man.He can handle an A pretty good.You should see him back up a trailer between the trees!

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Bob M

08-11-2002 17:16:16

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 Re: Storing firewood outside in reply to KURT, 08-11-2002 10:56:39  
I stack mine on old pallets to keep it off the ground, then cover the tops of the piles with a poly tarp to keep rain/snow off. But I leave the sides of the stack open so air can freely circulate. My experience has been good wood (oak, maple, ash, etc.) keeps for several years like this, and I've never had problems with insects.

It's 91 deg outside and we're discussing firewood....jeez!

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Dave BN

08-11-2002 16:46:28

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 Re: Storing firewood outside in reply to KURT, 08-11-2002 10:56:39  
Be sure to stack the wood on "stringers". Sticks or old well pipe work good. If you keep it off the ground and stack it fairly loosely and put it where its in the sun as much as possible good wood (Oak) etc will last several years. Covering it, in my experience, will hold in dampness and draw bugs and cause rot. Dave.

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08-11-2002 16:18:43

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 Re: Storing firewood outside in reply to KURT, 08-11-2002 10:56:39  
I'd burn more wood and less propane. Firewood does as the others have said...draws bugs, varmits and it rots in time. Sell it if you aren't going to use much of it. Make something for your time (buy parts with the money...lol).

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08-11-2002 15:04:42

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 Re: Storing firewood outside in reply to KURT, 08-11-2002 10:56:39  
I think you are supposed to just cover the
top of it when stacked. Then the air
can still move through the sides.
Putting something underneath is good, to
keep it from rotting from the ground up.

I like to keep it in a shed myself.


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08-11-2002 14:47:31

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 Re: Storing firewood outside in reply to KURT, 08-11-2002 10:56:39  
I used a wood burner for several years in my basement. Also grew up with one in the 50s. Best to cover your wood to keep it dry. The plastics tarps are so cheap these days, won't cost much to cover it. Much easier to get the fire going with dry wood and helps keep the bugs and vermin out. Also,kinda hard to get a fire going when your wood pile is snow covered. You never can get all the ice and snow off and you bring the wood in, the snow melts and the wood is damp.

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Bill Smith

08-11-2002 11:45:30

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 Re: Storing firewood outside in reply to KURT, 08-11-2002 10:56:39  
Ussually good fire wood will hold up better over time then poor wood. Lighter, softer woods will deteriorate faster than your denser, harder woods in other words. Sheltered from rain will help on the rotting but like with a tarp, what is on the ground will more than likely be damp and wet most of the time. And then there is the bug problem. Not sure if keeping it dry would help there. Ussually firewood piles are good for drawing bugs, mice, and snakes. Termites can do alot of damage to wood pile. I would recommend storing it away from any buildings if storing it outside. No need to have those termites and mice moving out of the wood pile and into the house or any other building. And then when you are burning it during the colder months you can keep a few days worth or like a weeks worth fairly close to where your stove is.

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08-11-2002 11:34:11

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 Re: Storing firewood outside in reply to KURT, 08-11-2002 10:56:39  
What The Red says is true. If it's going to be there for several years, you ought to try to keep it dry. If it is stacke with the bark side up, that will shed a lot of water and it won't rot quite as fast.
I never had the luxury of having so much wood ahead that I needed to worry about it :(

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The Red

08-11-2002 11:10:00

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 Re: Storing firewood outside in reply to KURT, 08-11-2002 10:56:39  
Hardwood will rot slowly, covered or not. I'm having to take all of mine back to the farm and throw on the burn pile. Termites have infested the whole pile.

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08-11-2002 18:01:47

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 Re: Re: Storing firewood outside in reply to The Red, 08-11-2002 11:10:00  
That sucks, I spray my wood piles with insecticide about once a week to kill bugs, carpenter ants mostly.

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