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How Firewood Sheds Help Season Firewood
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How Firewood Sheds Help Season Firewood

Properly storing firewood is important to making sure that the firewood is in good condition and ready to burn when it gets cold and you need the warmth it provides. These specialized sheds prepare the wood by providing a place to stack the wood, keep it dry and allowing air to move around it. Understanding these elements of firewood stacking and how the firewood shed encourages good proper firewood seasoning will help you to pick firewood shed plans to best fit your needs.

Having a firewood shed plan that encourages air flow is probably the most critical element of the design. Air must move around the wood to both dry it out from its natural moisture content and keep it dry after it is seasoned. If the wood is allowed to remain wet by sitting in a damp place that is very slow to dry out it will rot and grow fungus. The firewood shed encourages air flow around the wood first by having large gaps in the floor of the shed that allow air to easily move through the floor. Having a foundation that lets air into the underside of the floor so it can move up through the holes is another important design factor to keep the air moving. A good firewood shed design will have at least one of the shed walls open to further encourage air flow and to allow easy access to the firewood.

When you cut, or order firewood, you should make sure that it is the proper size to fit into the stove or fireplace. The second place it should fit is into the firewood shed in a way so that it can be easily stacked. Since a cord of wood is 4 ft by 4 ft by 8 ft and this is the quantity that firewood is usually purchased in it makes sense that the firewood shed plans you purchase will be this size or larger. By having the wood cut to 16” long lengths you will be able to have three rows stacked inside the shed.

The cord of firewood is measured using cut and split wood. When the wood is cut and split it takes up a little more space than when it is in a log. Splitting the firewood further helps season the wood by opening up the inside of the wood so it can dry out.

Stacking the firewood so that there are air gaps between the pieces of wood is not something that is controlled by the shed but it is important to note when discussing firewood sheds. Once the air gets into the shed it is important that it can move through the wood pile and not just around it.

Choosing firewood shed plans that build a shed large enough for your yearly supply of firewood is important so you do not need to leave firewood out in the elements or worse so you do not need to move it twice before burning it.

Spend some time figuring out how much firewood you use during the year and then pick a firewood shed plan that will adequately protect that amount of wood. This will help you prepare for a winter of warm fires and the reassurance of knowing your wood is ready to be burned.


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