If you have a fireplace or wood stove, you understand the need to store a substantial amount of firewood in your home. However, there are certain aspects about the firewood you choose which would help you save money and burn them more efficiently. For instance, the moisture content of firewood is crucial when it comes to how well it burns. Green wood or freshly cut wood hardly burns at all. Essentially, most of the heat content of green wood transforms into steam instead of getting burnt.
Properly seasoned wood is necessary to ensure optimal burning of your firewood. There are numerous ways to season freshly cut firewood. One of the most effective ways is to use a firewood rack. A firewood rack is a structure where you can store your green wood and season it until it is ready for burning. Here are some of the most important benefits of using a firewood rack.
When you store firewood on the ground, it could end up absorbing moisture from the soil. Instead of getting seasoned as you intend it to, your firewood could wind up retaining more moisture. Firewood that has not been properly seasoned will not catch fire easily. It will definitely ignite but it can be frustrating to get it to do so, especially because firewood is meant to be fuel for your furnace. Furthermore, that first spark is not the only thing you have to worry about. Badly seasoned firewood means that the fire you started will require constant supervision because it is likely that it will just flicker and die later on.
Keep Pests Away
Firewood attracts a lot of bugs and rodents, especially because the haphazard stacking of firewood creates a lot of pockets or spaces in between. Rats and other pests will find these spaces very attractive. Bugs and other critters that are seeking shelter from the cold will also be drawn to firewood. This is because the bark on wood is a natural habitat for some of these pests. Generally, it is advisable to store your firewood rack outside to avoid a pest infestation inside your home.