Storing Firewood – FAQ

Whether you have an open fireplace, a wood-burning heater, or an outdoor fire pit, it’s important to store your firewood in the right way. When stored incorrectly, wood is susceptible to moisture, pests and rot resulting in an inferior burn. If you are looking for red gum firewood for sale, Bittern Garden Supplies is the Mornington Peninsula’s leading choice, we offer premium firewood at highly competitive prices. There are many questions we are commonly asked about storing firewood so read on to see our answers.

Where Is the Best Place to Store Firewood?

Firewood is best stored outside in a dry, breezy area. It should be stored neatly, with the outside of the wood exposed to the air.

  • If possible, wood be placed elevated on top of plastic sheeting or in a wooden log store.
  • All firewood should be stored around 20 feet away from the nearest door to your house. If you’re planning on stacking wood next to a structure, you should always make sure that it is a few inches away from the structure to optimise airflow.

How Should I Store Green Wood?

Wood that’s been freshly cut is called green wood. This is not wood that you want to burn as you will end up with lots of creosote build-up in your chimney, an abundance of smoke and minimal heat output. Firewood needs at least six months to season, this removes the moisture, so you end up with a clean and efficient burn. To store green wood, split it into smaller pieces then stack it in a place where the sun can warm it and the wind can blow through it. A single row exposed to the sun and prevailing winds is best. Leave it uncovered, even during the winter months.

Does Seasoned Firewood Need to Be Protected from the Elements?

When seasoned, firewood should remain uncovered to allow for airflow. However, this is not always possible, especially during the winter months where rain can wreak havoc. During winter you can cover your woodpile with a good quality cover to protect it from the harsh elements when needed.

Can I Store Firewood on the Ground?

Firewood should be stored off the ground to allow for proper ventilation. A great option is to store your wood on a wooden pallet or in an appropriate rack.

Can Firewood Be Stored in a Garage?

For seasoned firewood, it’s fine to store your logs in a garage. If they’re not dry, there may not be enough fresh or flowing air to help them dry out in a garage environment and they might become a breeding ground for mould and pests. A good place to store your wood is in an open barn, shed, or carport.

How Should I Stack Firewood?

Firewood should be stacked in rows no more than a metre high. You can either use a log rack or pallets and posts. If the firewood isn’t fully seasoned yet, stack it bark-side down so the moisture can continue to evaporate. You can stack the logs bark-side up once they’re aged to naturally shield the wood from rain and frost. Don’t throw your logs in an unorganized pile as this will hinder ventilation, causing it to rot.

Bittern Garden Supplies – Mornington’s Best Firewood for Sale

Good firewood storage will keep your wood ready to burn throughout even the wettest, chilliest months. For expert advice on garden supply, our services or to buy red gum firewood, get in touch with our team today. We harvest our own wood from locations in Victoria and NSW and offer fast delivery throughout the Mornington Peninsula. Stay toasty warm this winter with our high quality firewood for sale.