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james 02-17-2008 01:44 PM

Wood storage design
I'll bet I'm like a lot of us. I stack up my wood where the bottom logs sit on the ground and get damp, and the top logs are wet from rain. Not a good thing. With my oven almost ready and the fireplace getting started, I think it's time for me to take my wood storage more seriously.

Does anyone have a good design for the best way to stack and store 1-2 cords of wood? Photos would be great. I have a spot on the back of the house -- but I really need to do this right.


brokencookie 02-17-2008 02:01 PM

Re: Wood storage design
In the land of liquid sunshine we do a number of things for this. I use old pallets and then cross-stack on top. Top it off with a stylish blue tarp and you're in business.
My brother in law started with old pallets and then actually build small pallet sized sheds. I think he has 6 to 10 of them in various spots.

My neighbor has a double row of CMU (cinderblocks), then covered with a camo tarp to make it a little less visible.

I think most people on this forum store wood under thier oven:D


asudavew 02-17-2008 05:29 PM

Re: Wood storage design

Originally Posted by brokencookie (Post 24396)

I think most people on this forum store wood under thier oven:D


Seems how I usually by 3 dollar bundles at Lowes... The back of my Excursion or in the garage! :rolleyes:

Lazy Dave still needs to buy a cord.
But maybe in summer when prices drop...

dmun 02-17-2008 05:39 PM

Re: Wood storage design
Here we go - from

Insulate your house and heat it too.

asudavew 02-17-2008 05:46 PM

Re: Wood storage design

Originally Posted by dmun (Post 24401)
Here we go - from

Insulate your house and heat it too.

Think termites would be a problem? :eek:

gjbingham 02-17-2008 10:07 PM

Re: Wood storage design
Funny David! Where do you come up with this stuff???
I use corrogated metal over mine and sideways (perpendicular) rails to get the wood off the ground on the bottom. All this goes under the eves of the garage, and still gets wet when it rains. I keep about a chord inside the garage out of the weather and rotate out to in as I use it.

Tarps are good but you don't want to cover the sides of the stack, as it impedes water evaporation from the wood. A google search for firewood storage will give you several good options for building a permanent stucture that will hasten the drying of the wood while protecting it from the elements.

Xabia Jim 02-17-2008 10:59 PM

Cordwood building construction
That's a cool shot...I have some books on cordwood building and a friend that lives in a cordwood house in the UP. Have wanted to try it myself.:)

Now about wood storage James, I'm lucky enough to have a concrete terrace so most of my wood is stored under there in the open air...nice and dry. The oven wood is under the oven and good for a few firings.

In MI I stacked wood outside under an overhang if possible, if not, it was tarped with black plastic, less offensive than blue or orange!! Wind will get through the stack to season and dry it. Keep it off the ground or drained with something....rails, extra bricks, pallets....

I remember on guy in MN who would cover his green wood stack with black plastic so it would bake in the sun and season faster.

I think for many, it will be how to make it look acceptable in an urban environment, so some encosed area would be good but it has to breathe. I had moldy wood in my last place because I had a "wood room" that didn't breathe but had a leaky roof!

PizzaPolice 02-18-2008 07:35 AM

Re: Wood storage design
No doubt if you look next door, in DMUN's picture, you'll see the house made of straw.

...So I wouldn't sweat the termites.

Xabia Jim 02-18-2008 08:42 AM

Re: Wood storage design
When I look closer at that pic I see it's just wood stacked against a house under the overhang...but they must burn a lot of wood!

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