Advice on where and how keep the firewood in as little space as possible. From the layout to the anti-humidity tricks.
Therewoodneeds a good oneseasoningto release more heat, burn evenly and not produce too many sparks. Manage thefirewoodit is not easy, whether it is intended for the fireplace or for a wood stove. The ideal humidity that must contain thefirewoodamounts to a percentage of 15%; this value is obtained by storing the wood in the shelter for about 18-24 months.
In general, thefresh woodit splits much easier than dry, so if you are thinking ofstore woodfresh, split it before storing it! For all the advice I refer you to my guideHow to split wood.
Storing firewood: the woodshed
There are many people who believe they have no space to set up a woodshed. In reality, a woodshed needs a minimum space, from 4 to 8 square meters. The woodshed allows you tostore firewoodsheltered. Building a woodshed is not difficult, possibly it should have two or three closed sides. The wood can be repaired with a covered woodshed which carries a sheet of Plexiglas on three sides.
On Amazon, compact and ready-to-use woodsheds can be purchased for around 80 - 100 euros. The best models (like the one in the photo above) can be bought with an investment of around 200 euros. For all information on prices and models of woodsheds, I refer you to the official page: Woodshed on Amzon.
In the woodshed, thewoodit must be stacked making the most of the space but also keeping in mind accessibility: avoid making stacks of firewood higher than 2 meters. In the arrangement, stabilize the pieces to prevent collapses from occurring.
Stacking wood is not easy at all. How many of you have seen piles of wood arranged so well that they have an admirable aesthetic effect? With a little practice you too will get those results but it is difficult for you to be able to achieve perfection from the first time.
As a matter of stability, it is better to set up a woodshed close to a retaining wall or two poles that act as solid supports.
Wood cannot be stored arandom:in the arrangement you will have to follow a certain logic.
If the wood is stored in several layers, the outermost ones will act ascontainment walltherefore you will have to use the most regular wood logs therefore of the same length. Start by spreading a layer of wood from one side of the woodshed to the other. Arrange an additional layer trying to prefer the most similar sized logs.
The secret to preventing the wood from collapsing consists precisely in choosing the most similarly sized logs: if the pieces of firewood match each other, the risk of collapse is minimal!
For safety, when arranging the wood, keep a certain slope inwards. The slope must be minimal and is obtained by arranging the pieces with the thickest part facing the outside of the woodshed.
After having arranged several rows of pieces of wood, if the slope starts to exceed one and a half centimeters, reverse a row so as to recover and maintain a moderate slope. By "invert a row" we mean to advise you to put a layer of wood with the large part facing inwards.
If the woodshed does not have side supports or if these are not very solid, you will have to use the wood to create reinforcement corners. In this case, the wood must be arranged to form a column that alternates the orientation of the pieces of wood.
In the first row, arrange the pieces horizontally, in the second row, however, you will have to arrange them vertically, and so on, to create a containment column.
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