Fireplace Wood Storage

There are various ways to store your fireplace wood until it's ready to be tossed in the fire. In order to decide what kind of wood storage to purchase, you need to know the answers to some basic questions.

Where do you want to store the wood?

Do you want to store the wood inside or outside? If you want to store the wood inside, you'll probably want to store it right next to the fireplace so that you can grab a log or two as needed and add it to the fire. So you'll need to take stock of how much space you have around the fireplace. This will determine how large a firewood holder you can reasonably purchase and hope to keep out of the way. Aesthetic concerns will also come into play as you seek a firewood holder that fits in with the overall decor.

If you want to store the wood outside, will you be storing it in a garage or shed to keep it safe from the elements? If so, just as with inside storage, you'll need to take stock of how much space you have available? Does the wood pile need to share space with a car in the garage or with garden implements in the shed? This will help determine how large a holder you can purchase. Since the holder is not only outdoors but hidden, you probably won't worry too much about how it fits with the decor. Get something sturdy and functional.

If you want to store the wood outside in an uncovered location, consider how you are going to keep the wood off the ground and covered. Otherwise the wood will fail to cure and will instead begin to rot. Some firewood holders are not suitable for use out in the elements. Some of them may keep the wood safely off the ground but will provide no cover from the sky. You can still need these, but you'll need to purchase a weatherproof cover separately. If you want to cure the wood yourself, you may wish to purchase two covers-a full length cover for times of rain and snow, and a short cover that protects the top and upper sides while still letting sun and air hit most of the wood.

How much wood do you want to store?

You may only want to store two or three logs next to the fire, just enough to get you through the evening. A standard, curved oval holder is sufficient for this. But even for indoors, you can purchase a much deeper holder that will allow you to keep 3 or 4 times as much wood inside. This can be useful if your outdoor wood supply is hard to get to or if it gets so cold and horrible outside that you're likely not to want to go out there at all.

If you want to store a lot of wood, say an eighth of a cord or more, a firewood rack is the way to go. A firewood rack is larger by far than the standard holder and not at all portable. You set it up, usually along the side of the house, and buy wood in bulk. Most racks come with a partial cover and some come with the full cover discussed above.

Do you also want to be able to transport the wood in its storage container?

Some wood holders are meant to stay in one place. Others are meant only for transport. Some look as though you could use them for transport, but the handle or handles are really too flimsy and the surface is too slick for the wood to stay in place. Get a holder with sturdy handles and a canvas or leather bottom for storing wood out of the weather and transporting it as needed. Get a larger, two-wheeled holder for storing wood anywhere outside and hauling it around as needed.