Just stocked up with firewood for winter and wondering how best to store it? Hopefully there are some useful hints and tips below
The importance of burning dry wood
Dry wood is defined as wood with a moisture content of under 20%. Burning wet wood, if you can get it lit, is inefficient as the energy produced by burning will be used to remove the moisture from the wood rather than emitting heat. You will end up using more wood to generate heat, and often your fire will just pitter out. Burning wet wood also produces more emissions.
All Edinburgh Wood Fuel’s logs have a moisture content below 20%, but not storing your wood correctly can lead to the moisture content of your logs increasing.
How should you store your wood?
You should store your logs out of the weather. While exposure to a little bit of rain will make very little difference to the moisture content of your logs, your logs should not be exposed to continuous rainfall or immersed in water.
Logs can be stored either inside or out. If you are storing your logs outside, they should be:
- Covered; and
- Kept off the ground.
Ideally the air should be allowed to circulate around your logs.
Our range of log stores, which come in a variety of shapes and sizes offer the perfect solution for outside storage. You can order one online today at our shop.
If you do store your logs outside, while not vital, we would recommend that you bring the logs into your house at least a few hours before burning them. This can remove any surface dampness from the logs, and make getting your fire lit that wee bit easier.
When storing your logs inside, we would not recommend stacking logs either side of your wood burner. Stacking wood either side of your wood burner can be a fire risk. As the stored logs heat up not only could they ignite but there is a risk that they may also start to release carbon monoxide.