Storing and Stacking firewood
What could be better than the sight of a well stacked load of seasoning firewood in your garden ready for winter?
If you have the space in your garden or adjacent to your house one of the best things you can do is to build a wood store. Having storage facilities mean that you can plan ahead and buy your firewood in the summer or the previous year. Then you know that you will always have well seasoned wood. This is extremely important for the efficiency of your stove, the health of your chimney and the best use of this wonderful natural and renewable energy source.
Storing and stacking firewood reduces it's moisture content. When wood has just been felled or is 'green' it has a moisture content of between 50% and 60% but 'seasoned' or dry firewood should be only 20% to 25% moisture content - so storing and stacking is essential to get the dry firewood your stove needs.
There are many types of firewood stacks but good ones all have a few things in common;
- they are loosely stacked to ensure good air flow
- they are only covered at the top so allowing the wind to move through them
- they are not too far from the house
- they have different bays so two years of logs can be drying at once
- they keep the logs off the ground and so not in contact with damp earth
An excellent way to to store and season your firewood is to have a purpose built wood-store. However they don't have to be too fancy and can be made using recycled materials. Follow this link for a great site that will advise you if you fancy having a go at building one yourself from pallets.
If you want something more substantial then have a chat with your local supplier and he may be able build one for you.
17 May 2012
|per kWH||per Year|
|Woodfuel - Logs||£0.023||£690|
|Woodfuel - Pellets||£0.046||£1380|
|Woodfuel - Chips||£0.026||£780|
|Oil - Kerosene||£0.07||£2100|